• Adaptive Learning with LearnDash

Adaptive Learning With LearnDash

This addon applies the concept of adaptive learning to LearnDash and enables admin to design courses in a non-linear fashion by defining course levels, different child courses can be to the students based on the percentage score and performance in the quiz/quizzes of the prerequisite course

LearnDash already provides the option to make prerequisite courses i.e assign a course as a dependency for other courses. Our add-on exploits this option and enables site admin to think about these prerequisite courses as “parent courses”, and the courses which will be assigned as prerequisites can be considered as “child courses”.
Our add-on extends this ability by allowing the pass mark percentage to the results of a quiz to control access to a child course. We refer to these percentages as Course Levels and you can see how that works below.

Setting Prerequisite Course in LearnDash

Setting Prerequisite Course in LearnDash

Setting Course Levels

LearnDash allows there to be any number of child courses for a particular parent course. Our add-on associates a particular “Course Level” with these “child courses“. The course level specifies the range of percentage score obtained by the student in the parent course quiz (or quizzes). There is an option to specify “from” and “to” field with each Course  Level and administrator can create any number of Course Levels to be assigned to child courses.

Course Level page for Adarptive Learning With LearnDash

How It Works

Adaptive Learning With LearnDash

Child Course Assignment

When a student completes a parent course the percentage score in the quiz/quizzes associated with that parent course is/are mapped to one of the Course Levels created by admin. The child course mapped to that Course Level will be automatically assigned to the student based on their percentage score. This enables the site administrator to test the level of the student and make the parent course a “deterministic course” and thus, assign child courses based on the performance in the parent course.

When a student completes a parent course and any one of the child course is assigned to them based on the Course Level, this information is saved on the user profile page and the administrator can view this info on the user profile page to track the progress of students in respective courses.

Adaptive Learnning With LearnDash user profile stats

Note: The child courses should be set as “closed” course type so that only the particular child course matching the Course Level based on the score is assigned to the student and all other child courses would remain inaccessible.

The plugin is available for free on the WordPress repository, click on the below button to access it rightaway.

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2017-07-27T13:18:49+00:00 3 Comments


  1. Adam says:

    Hi, I cannot get this to work at all! Its a brilliant concept and one I’d very much like to use. I can set up the levels, the parent course and child course… there is nothing in the User profile page at all. Any help would be great, I cant find much info about this at all.

    • admin says:

      Hi Adam,
      Thanks for the feedback, once you setup the levels the child course is assigned to the student based on their score in the quiz/quizzes of the parent course. If there is only one quiz in the parent course and they have attempted the quiz only once then the quiz score will be mapped to the assigned course level. If there are multiple attempts for the same quiz OR there are more than 1 quiz in the parent course than the average of all the quizzes will be calculated and mapped to the corresponding course level. It is important to note that if the avg of multiple quiz results does not equate to the assigned course level then no child course will be assigned to the user and you won’t be able to see any course assigned in the user profile. Hope this helps.

  2. That is interesting. I have written a plugin and incorporating it now on a site used for diagnosing and treating ADHT and other behaviors disorders all 😁nline. The input for diagnosis consists of a gravity form questionnaire and two subsequent quizzes, both of with contain all assessment type questions. My smart course redirector is not based solely upon a quantitative score but is more complex. We will see how it goes tomorrow with the psychologist.

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