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Creating MemberPress Courses

You can start creating MemberPress courses once you have activated and set up the MemberPress Courses add-on.

This document will cover the steps for creating MemberPress courses and explain available options.

How To Create a Course?

When creating MemberPress Courses, the following outline covers the basic steps you would need to go through: 

  1. Navigate to Dashboard > MP Courses > Courses.
  1. Click the Add New button to add a new course and start editing it.
  2. The course editor will open the Course Page tab first. Here, add content and course title to your course page
  1. Optionally, you can add the featured image to the course.
  2. Click the Curriculum tab to build the course curriculum. Add sections by clicking the +Add section link. Within each section, add lessons and quizzes.
  1. Under the Resources tab, add additional resources to this course, if any.
  1. Finally, under the Certificate tab, if needed, toggle on the Enable certificate on this course option to add certificates. Further, you can modify the certificate settings to suit your needs. 
  1. Click the Publish button in the upper right corner of the screen. This will save the data you added and publish the course.

Further down, you can find more information about each step and available options. 

Title And Course Page Tab

The first page, when creating MemberPress courses, will be your Course Page. This page will serve as a course homepage, providing all the information about your course, including the course overview (curriculum).

Start by adding the course title to name your course. Next, you can add and design the content of this page using the default Block (Gutenberg) editor.

Note: A course title is required to create a course. Thus, you will be able to save any changes in your course once you add the course title. 

The content added to this page will be used as the course description on the Course Listing page. Also, this page should be publicly available to all your users and visitors, explaining the contents of the course.  

Note: MemberPress will automatically add the course curriculum to the Course Page.

Same as with other WordPress posts, you can add a Featured Image to MemberPress courses:

  1. While editing the course, click on the Course Page tab at the top menu. 
  2. In the right sidebar, scroll down to the Featured Image panel and expand it.
  1. Click Set featured image
  2. Next, choose an image from your library or upload a new one. After selecting the desired image, click the Set featured image button to add it to your course.

This image will be used as the cover image for this course on your Course Listing page.

Curriculum Tab

The MemberPress Courses Curriculum is the central element of every course. With the curriculum editor, you can add sections, lessons, and quizzes to your courses.

The curriculum will be available for students on the course page and in the course sidebar for lessons and quizzes.  

Building A Course Curriculum

The MemberPress Courses have a two-level structure: 

  1. The top-level are Sections.
  2. The second level contains Lessons and Quizzes, which are assigned to Sections.

Thus, when creating MemberPress courses, you must add your sections first and then assign lessons and quizzes to each section. The order of sections, lessons, and quizzes in the Curriculum is the order in which students progress through the course.

Adding Sections to MemberPress Courses

Sections don’t have a content of their own. Instead, they serve as containers for groups of your lessons and quizzes. This way, you can organize the content of each course into multiple modules.

Once you add your sections, start adding lessons and quizzes to each. By default, these sections will be displayed as the accordion in the curriculum on the front end. Each section can be then expanded to access the contents of each section.

Adding Lessons and Quizzes to Sections

To add a lesson or quiz, follow these steps:

  1. Expand the section.
  2. Click the Add Lesson link to create a new lesson and add it to this section. Similarly, click the Add Quiz link to create a quiz.
  1. Name the lesson or quiz.
  2. Click Update to save changes to the Curriculum. If the course has not been published yet, you can save changes by clicking Publish or Save draft.

Managing Lessons and Quizzes

You can manage your lessons and quizzes within your Curriculum editor or using dedicated Lessons and Quizzes pages.

Editing Lesson and Quiz Content Via Curriculum

Both lessons and quizzes have Gutenberg-based editors, which allow you to edit the content and achieve any design.

When created, lessons will be saved as drafts. Lessons will be visible on the course front end only when published. 

You can now add content to your lessons directly from the course Curriculum tab:

  1. Navigate to the Curriculum tab and expand the Section where the lesson is located. 
  2. Hover over the lesson you wish to edit to show additional lesson options.
  3. Click the Edit option (pencil icon) to start the lesson editor.
  1. Add content for your new lesson using any Gutenberg block. 
  2. Once you add content, you can save changes without publishing the lesson by clicking Save draft
  1. Alternatively, you can click the Publish button to save changes and publish the lesson straight away.

All drafted lessons will have the blanc document icon. Also, when you hover over them, there will be an additional Publish link. This link allows you to publish lessons directly from the Curriculum editor.

Similarly, you can design your quiz content in the same way as your lessons.

Removing Lessons and Quizzes From Curriculum

Similar to editing, you can remove any lesson or quiz from a curriculum by following these steps:

  1. Navigate to the Curriculum tab and expand the Section where the lesson is located. 
  2. Hover over the lesson or quiz you wish to remove to show additional options.
  3. Click the Remove option (x icon) to remove the lesson or quiz.
  1. Click the Update button to save changes to the Curriculum.

Note: Removing lessons and quizzes from the curriculum will not delete the actual lesson or quiz. They will still be available on the Lessons and Quizzes lists and pages.

To permanently delete the lesson or quiz, hover over the item in the sidebar of the Curriculum editor, and click Delete (trash bin icon).

To delete a Section from the Curriculum, hover over the section name, and click the Delete (trash bin icon).

Note: Deleting a section from a curriculum will automatically remove all lessons and quizzes within that section.

Managing Lessons and Quizzes Outside of the Curriculum

Lessons and quizzes can be created and edited, previewed, and deleted as any other WordPress post.

You can access and manage any lesson you create on the Lessons page (Dashboard > MP Courses > Lessons). Hover over a lesson to access the Preview, Edit, and Delete options. In addition, you can Duplicate your lessons here.

Also, all your quizzes will be available on your Quizzes page at Dashboard > MP Courses > Quizzes. Quizzes have Preview, Edit, and Delete options available.

Note: Deleting a lesson or a quiz on the Lessons or Quizzes pages will permanently delete them from your site. Also, this will automatically remove them from any course they are added to.

Adding Lessons and Quizzes to Multiple Courses

When you create any Lesson or Quiz, it will also be added to the Lessons or Quizzes list. These lists will be available in the sidebar of every course on the right side of the Curriculum editor.

Existing lessons or quizzes can be added to your courses from these lists when creating MemberPress courses.

For example, you could create multiple individual lessons and quizzes outside the course curriculum. Therefore, you could use the Lessons and Quizzes list to add them all in bulk to a new course.

Note: A lesson or a quiz can only be associated with one course at a time. To add the same lesson or quiz to multiple Courses, you'll need to create a duplicate for each one.

Follow these steps to add existing lessons and quizzes to the Curriculum:

  1. Search for lessons and quizzes or browse through the list. 
  2. Once you find the item you need, hover over the lesson/quiz and hold the grid (6-dots) icon
  1. Now, drag and drop the item into a section within your course. When adding lessons or quizzes that have already been added to any course, MemberPress will show a notification popup. The popup will offer to automatically duplicate the lesson or quiz and add that duplicate to your course. 
  1. Click the Update button to save changes to the Curriculum.

Resources Tab

You can use the Resources tab to add downloadable materials, links, or custom content to your courses:

  1. In your course editor, click on the Resources tab.
  1. Under Resources, you can add different types of resources:
  • Downloads: you can add files (e.g., PDF, doc/docx, etc.) your students will be able to download directly from the course;
  • Links: you can add links to online resources that your students can access by clicking the link on the Resouces pages;
  • Custom: the editor will allow you to add any text or HTML to this area. Also, you can give this section a custom heading.
  • Click Update to save changes.

Your students can access the course Resources under the Course Overview through the course sidebar.

Settings Tab

Under the Settings tab, you will find settings related to the course you’re currently editing. These course-specific settings will not be applied to any other course:

  • Include in Course Listing: enabling this option will display the course on the Course Listing page. This option will be enabled by default. If disabled, the course will be hidden on this page, and accessible only through the course URL;
  • Lesson Title: by default, this option will be enabled, and Lesson and Quiz titles will be displayed on the front end. You can toggle this option off to hide Lesson and Quiz titles;
  • Sales Page: in this field, you can add the URL of the MemberPress Membership registration page. This should be the registration page URL of the membership required to access this course (if the course is protected);
  • Require Previous Lesson/Quiz: this option will be turned off by default. If enabled, MemberPress will require students to complete the previous lesson or quiz before proceeding to the next one;
  • Show Question Results: if enabled, students will be notified whether their answer to the quiz question was correct or not. 
  • Show Question Answers: if enabled, students will have answers provided to all quiz questions upon submitting the quiz.
  • Use Accordion on Course Page: by default, the Curriculum will display all sections as accordions on the Course Page. Turning off this option will change the Curriculum style. In this case, all sections will be expanded, and all lessons and quizzes will be listed.
  • Use Accordion on Sidebar: As with the previous option, the Curriculum will display all sections as accordions in the Course Sidebar. You can turn off this option to switch to the Curriculum style with all sections expanded.

Certificates Tab

Under the Certificates tab, you can enable and design certificates for the course.

Certificates need to be enabled and designed separately for each course.

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