WordPress can be used as a Learning Management System
WordPress was released for public use in 2003. It is the most popular web content management system worldwide. There are an estimated 64+ million WordPress websites, roughly 37.5 million of which are hosted through WordPress.com.
WP websites account for roughly 34 percent of the internet. Additionally, 60% of websites which use a web content management system are powered by WordPress.
One area where WordPress is not as well-known for its power is as a learning management system (LMS). However, there are 23 LMS themes and over 140 LMS plugins available for download through WordPress. Another 50+ WordPress LMS themes are available for purchase download through other websites.
The main question that a person needs to decide when choosing whether to use a WordPress LMS theme or LMS plugin to build a learning management system is whether the better choice is to build a LMS with WordPress or to go with a hosted learning management system. Don’t be frightened by the enormity of how that choice first sounds.
Proponents of learning management systems built with WordPress argue that it is easier to build, customize, and to use. They also argue that all of the features and functions that are available through hosted learning management systems (for example: Blackboard) can be built into a WordPress LMS at a much lower cost for hosting, setup, support, and training.
Most colleges and universities still use a hosted learning management system like Blackboard but use WordPress for other websites such as blogs, academic programs, admissions, and student orientation.
If you choose to build your LMS with WordPress, you will have to select a theme and a plugin for course content management and course enrollment management. One recommendation that you should follow is to use a theme and a plugin that have developed by the same organization.
Additional LearnPress plugins for course content and course enrollment management are available through WordPress. The basic LearnPress plugin is free. The themes currently cost $49 – $65.
Before you choose to go with a hosted learning management system, you may want to explore whether a WordPress learning management system is a better choice for your organization.
If you want to preview LearnPress, you can view the YouTube video below to see how it is used in the development of single course for Coursera,org or Udemy.com.
Have you considered using WordPress for the learning management system for your organization, college, or university?