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The LifterLMS story continues to unfold, empowering education entrepreneurs all around the world to teach online and build profitable teaching companies. 2017 saw incredible growth for LifterLMS in many ways. I’d like to take a pause and share some highlights from 2017. What went well with LifterLMS in 2017? We released the Infinity Bundle and began adding advanced functionality to it with Private Areas and Social Learning. 2 new add-ons were added to the Universe Bundle: Twilio and Authorize.net. The launch of the 30-day demo so prospective LifterLMS users can test out the premium add-ons and bundles before they buy. 61 new releases to the core free LifterLMS plugin bringing new features, integrations, bug fixes, and security enhancements. According to the small percentage of users who allow tracking in their LifterLMS install, over 1.5 million students have enrolled in a course or membership powered by LifterLMS. According to WordPress, LifterLMS crossed over 150,000 downloads with 7,000+ active installs. LifterLMS live Office Hours was born to help power-users and the community find live strategy, technical, and industry help. The LifterLMS expert program rolled out to provide custom freelance services to the LifterLMS community and create a new revenue channel for LifterLMS and general WordPress freelancers. The LifterLMS community Facebook group grew to over 2,500 members. The free LifterLMS Labs was born to incubate niche features and deeper integration with tools like Beaver Builder and Divi. A new user and customer onboarding support system was built. LifterLMS documentation pieces crossed 300. LifterLMS awarded 23 partial scholarships for education entrepreneurs in extreme situational need or with limited financial resources. Our podcast for course creators called LMScast crossed the 150 episodes milestone. LifterLMS Cofounder Thomas Levy took over as lead organizer for WordCamp Los Angeles. LifterLMS sponsored WordCamp Sacramento, WordCamp Los Angeles, and podcaster Joe Casabona from How I built It. LifterLMS attended CaboPress for the third time. The LifterLMS project turned 4 years old. What could be improved on with LifterLMS in 2017? More theme options with direct LifterLMS integration like Astra is doing now. Quicker support turn around times. More evolved public beta testing program. Deeper page builder compatibility. What’s in store for LifterLMS in 2018? 2018 will be a great year for the LifterLMS community as growth continues to compound on itself. Smart education entrepreneurs, would-be course creators, and membership site builders are flooding into LifterLMS for good reason. Some of the biggest things to look forward to in 2018 are: The complete roll out of the Infinity Bundle with the release of Assignments. A commitment to the WordPress ecosystem with support and leadership around Gutenberg compatibility with LifterLMS users. Improvements and new features across ALL existing LifterLMS products. A commitment to helping other entrepreneurs launch products, services, training or integrations for LifterLMS like you see with Astra, Wisdm Labs, WP Plugins For You, the Larry theme, Ventura, The Core, ConsultPress, Course Lady, WP Fusion, AffiliateWP, iDevAffiliate, WP Crafter, WP Tonic, and the LifterLMS Experts. But wait! There’s one more thing … I have not talked about this publicly yet … This year we are also rolling out something completely different that the online course, membership site, and LMS industry has never seen before. This new thing is fundamentally revolutionary. It will solve these 3 problems: After release of this new thing student engagement and completion rates will soar. After release of this new thing experts and teachers will be able to teach way more effectively. After release of this new thing education entrepreneurs will be able to focus a lot less on marketing, because the course will literally sell itself. That’s all …
The much anticipated LifterLMS quiz builder and Advanced Quizzes add-on just rolled out for you to use and enjoy. These are the highlights. First Let’s Take a Quick Tour of the Quiz in Action An all new app-like quiz building experience LifterLMS exists to make a useful tool for course builders to quickly and intuitively create learning programs from the vision they have in their minds. We do this with the course builder, which now integrates the quiz builder, so you can create a curriculum or course architecture from one screen. This allows you to rapidly lay out your course structure so you can quickly get to the point where you just have to “add content.” The new quiz builder provides improvement light years beyond the old quiz system so that you can build an entire quiz from one screen. This app-like experience is something we are very proud of as we push the boundaries of what’s possible with web application development in the WordPress environment. As WordPress democratizes publishing, LifterLMS extends that vision, democratizing education in the digital classroom. Sometimes in the LMS industry, course creators to go to the “cloud” and pay expensive monthly fees for the right to have their training program on another LMS company’s platform with limited flexibility. LifterLMS champions a different narrative. YOU get to own your platform, have no financial penalties for success (no limits on students, teachers, or courses), and get to enjoy the freedom that comes from platform ownership and the incredible extendability of the WordPress ecosystem. New question types Here is a list of all the new question types in the Advanced Quizzes add-on: Short answer (manually graded) Long answer (manually graded) File upload (manually graded) Fill in the blank Fill in the blank (manually graded) Code (manually graded) Until now the base LifterLMS quiz system included only the automatically graded multiple choice single answer question type. At LifterLMS our philosophy is to give away as much as we possibly can to the startup education entrepreneur in the free core LifterLMS plugin. In that spirit, here are the new question types we added to the base quiz system in the core LifterLMS plugin’s quiz system: Text multiple choice multiple correct answer True / False Picture multiple choice single correct answer Picture multiple choice multiple correct answer * Also note that when you update your version of the LifterLMS plugin to the most current version, your existing automatically graded multiple choice single correct answer questions will migrate automatically into the new system. Manual grading and remarks Manual grading allows the instructor to review answers and leave remarks. Remember those old-school tests where it had a grade on it and the teacher wrote some comments? That’s what we’re talking about here, but in a more modern, digital way. Many different question types could have manual grading, like short answer, long answer (essay), fill in the blank, file upload, etc. Manual grading can also be used to prevent forward progress or course completion until something has been graded and the grade is above the minimum passing score set by the course creator. An easter egg … Thanks to some feedback from a member in the LifterLMS community on one of our weekly Office Hours calls, we added a secret feature into the Advanced Quiz add-on. We’re not big on secrets, so allow me a moment to describe a way you can use the quiz system for something completely separate from graded tests… If you set a question’s weight to 0, you can also collect survey and assessment data from students. How might this …
Tomorrow (January 31, 2018) is the roll out of LifterLMS Advanced Quizzes! The top 2 benefits of the Advanced Quizzes add-on are: New question types like short answer, long answer, upload, scale, fill in the blank, and more Manual grading for increased personalization and feedback loops The new add-on will be released in tandem with an update to the free core LifterLMS plugin. This update to the core LifterLMS plugin includes: The new quiz builder (integrated with the course builder) which makes building quizzes easier and much faster A few new question types for the base quiz system like picture choice, true false, and more Your existing automatically graded multiple choice quizzes will migrate seamlessly into the new system There’s a lot more coming, but those are some of the highlights. Coming pricing changes After the release of LifterLMS Advanced Quizzes add-on, the preorder window closes, and you will no longer be able to lock in cheaper pricing for Advanced Quizzes. Also after the release of Advanced Quizzes, the Infinity Bundle (which includes Advanced Quizzes) will increase by $100. So if you’d like to lock in cheaper pricing for the Advanced Quizzes add-on or the Infinity Bundle, now is the time to invest in your education business. Chris, this blog post is a little light on details … I know. Sorry about that. We’re knee deep in final development and testing, but … We have a lot of great content coming your way around the new quiz system and Advanced Quizzes. Here’s some of what you can expect coming soon: A detailed live demo webinar of the new quiz system and the Advanced Quizzes add-on (You should have received an email to register for this if you are on our email list) An official release blog post with lots of information and images An informational podcast episode on our podcast LMScast Documentation and FAQ’s More YouTube videos (subscribe here) So keep an eye on your inbox and our official facebook group for updates and new content as it rolls out. Do you have specific presales questions about quizzes, the Infinity Bundle, or LifterLMS in general? Click here to send us an email. “Together let’s build the most engaging learning platforms online!”
Here’s the next video in the livestream video blog about how to build a LifterLMS site from scratch (with no step skipped). This video training is about using a WordPress page builder called Beaver Builder to modify the content included in the optional homepage template included in LifterLMS Pro. This step is optional. View all the video blog posts in this series: https://blog.lifterlms.com/category/step-by-step/
Here’s the next video in the livestream video blog about how to build a LifterLMS site from scratch (with no step skipped). This video training is about setting up access plans for courses and a recurring revenue monthly membership option. View all the video blog posts in this series: https://blog.lifterlms.com/category/step-by-step/
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