Separating your LearnDash panels will let students, instructors, and admins take control of their information.
Students can track how far they’ve progressed, while instructors and admin can make the necessary changes to improve their overall experience. It also lets you know when it’s time to add more content to the course.
To set up separate LearnDash panels for students and instructors, download the LD Dashboard plugin, make a portal for instructors, assign their roles, and do the same for the student section.
You should also get the WisdmLabs plugin for progress monitoring and communication with your team.
Throughout this post, we’ll also cover the following info about setting up separate panels for instructors and students on LearnDash:
- Which plug-ins you need to make the process run smoothly
- How you can track your students’ progress and improve your team
- Tips to get the most out of using multiple panels through LearnDash
So, Let’s drive into the details.
Download the LearnDash Dashboard Plug-in
The LearnDash plug-in doesn’t come with enough tools to edit different panels simultaneously.
Fortunately, you can get the LearnDash Dashboard plug-in (also known as the LD Dashboard) to work on each panel.
You’ll have access to invite new instructors, manage their roles, and add students to various tasks.
Check out our in-depth Review of LearnDash to get the detail insights.
Here’s how to get the LD Dashboard plug-in with WordPress:
- Download the LearnDash Dashboard application on your WordPress panel: Go to the customization menu, then click ‘Plug-Ins,’ ‘Add New,’ and type LearnDash Dashboard.
- Edit the settings and activate the plug-in: There aren’t many settings to alter before you activate the plug-in, but it’s worth ensuring it’s updated and ready to go before it’s live.
- Use the BuddyPress tool to communicate with students and ask for feedback: This tool lets you send emails, private messages, and live updates to your students. Communication is key, especially if you only have a small handful of people subscribing to your course.
- Send automatic emails to your LearnDash subscribers: You can send no-reply emails to students with regular updates, suggestions, or progress updates. These emails can be made automatically once they hit a specific part of the course, on a certain date, and so on.
If you’re looking for a video format, check out this tutorial by Wbcom Designs on YouTube:
Configure the Settings to Separate Each Instructor
Once you finish setting everything up for your LearnDash students, it’s time to create an instructor panel.
You can hire as many employees as you’d like to or make separate accounts to handle business as an admin, owner, or instructor. Below, you’ll find a list of what you can do for your instructors.
- Invite instructors through the LearnDash website or on the WordPress plug-in: Click on the instructor tab, then ‘Add New.’ You can send a verification email they can check and approve. Edit their title once they’re updated in the system.
- Assign their roles (you can choose from the administrator, instructor, or customized roles): LearnDash Dashboard lets you set whichever roles you want to, including admin or traditional instructor. These roles have different capabilities, so make sure you know what privileges you want to award them.
- Decide what they can view and adjust: You can let them send emails, approve tasks, manage subscriptions, and more. Admins are usually the most influential since they can delete or add instructors and students.
- Approve all instructor updates or filter them through an administrator: If you have a small team, you can approve each decision made by an instructor. However, it’s best to assign these duties to an administrator if you have a big team and lots of subscribers to deal with.
- WP Mayor suggests setting commission rates for each instructor or employee: Your instructors likely want to get paid for adding new subscribers, so make sure you establish their commission rate beforehand. Use the LD Dashboard plug-in to decide what percentage they make from each sale.
As you can see, it’s quite easy to manage the students and instructors on LearnDash. Using the previously mentioned plug-ins makes a world of difference, but there are many customizations to try.
In the next section, we’ll cover how you can improve your students’ panels in the dashboard.
Design the Students Panel Through the Dashboard
There aren’t many student customizations through any LearnDash plug-in, but you can make minor alterations when using a plug-in called ProPanel.
This application shows everything you need to know about interacting with your students, creating panels for them, checking their progress, and more. You can use it with LD Dashboard or by itself.
Let’s review what you’ll do when making a students’ panel on ProPanel.
Use ProPanel for Student Course Overviews
A course overview is beneficial to you, your instructors, and the students. You can view how many students are in the panel, but your students can track their progress on each part of the course.
They’ll also be able to view upcoming quizzes, update notes, messages from you and your instructors, and more.
Design Their Progress Charts
ProPanel lets you create student panels that track everything they do. Your students can quickly navigate the panel to move forward in the course or find out what they could do better.
They can also see pending assignments, how far they should be, and everything they’ve completed.
Configure the WordPress Plug-in for Your Students
The best part about using ProPanel is your students can use it without doing extra work.
Once you have the WordPress plug-in downloaded, your students can click on the course and use the ProPanel student tab. They don’t have to do anything else since you activated on your side.
LearnDash makes it easy for students to access their information, progress, and more.
If you’re looking for additional details or a smooth transition, try ProPanel. We’ll cover another must-have plug-in next under the final subheading.
Related Reading: How Do You Disable Lesson Progression?
Track Your Students and Instructors Through WisdmLabs
WisdmLabs is an excellent standalone plug-in that doesn’t need outside support. You don’t have to use ProPanel or LD Dashboard if you have WisdmLabs, though they’re beneficial for your instructors.
If you’re worried about helping your students, WisdmLabs is more than worth the investment. Here’s a list of five things you should know about this plug-in:
- Download and activate the WisdmLabs plug-in: Once activated, WisdmLabs integrates with your LearnDash account immediately.
- You can let instructors edit, deny, approve, and respond to your students: This selection speeds the process along, keeping your students moving through the course without waiting for your approval.
- Email students without leaving the WisdmLabs dashboard: WisdmLabs has a unique email tool that lets you email everyone on your team and each of your subscribers without leaving the WordPress panel.
- Analyze your students’ quiz and course results to find out if you’re teaching them properly: These results are especially useful and critical when you first release the program since they’ll let you know if there are any necessary adjustments to be made. Remember, some students will work slower than others based on their work and school schedules.
- Check your students’ progress with live results: WisdmLabs is one of the few plug-ins that provide non-stop live information to keep you updated around the clock. You don’t have to wait an hour to review questions, quiz results, and progress, unlike many other premium plug-ins.
Conclusion: How Do You Set Up Separate LearnDash Panels for Students & Instructors
Making multiple panels on LearnDash is the best way to simplify the course and delegate tasks to everyone involved.
Whether you’re hiring new instructors or making dashboards for your visitors, there are many ways to improve your LearnDash setup. Always pause your website while making significant changes to the LearnDash plug-in.
Here’s what you should’ve learned today:
- Designing the students’ panel is a bit limited without additional plug-ins.
- WisdmLabs and LD Dashboard are excellent plug-ins to create separate panels.
- Tracking your students’ and instructors’ progress lets you optimize your courses.
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