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Learn Dash Course Builder

Michael Noel June 24, 2021
Creating resources for your viewers is so important, and Learndash is a great way to do it! This video will walk you through creating new courses and lessons in Learndash.

The LearnDash course builder provides an easy, intuitive way to build out your courses. You can add new sectionslessonstopics & quizzes without ever leaving the page. This article explains how to use every aspect of the course builder to make creating & editing courses a breeze.

NOTE
The course builder is enabled by default, but if you don’t see it when editing your course, double-check that it’s enabled in your global course settings.

There are a few ways you can access the LearnDash course builder.

For Existing Courses

If you’ve already created a course:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Hover over an existing course
  3. Click the “Builder” link

Alternatively, you can click on the course title or “Edit” link to bring up the “Edit Course” page. Once there, click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar.

Creating Your First Course?

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page
  3. Click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar

Course Builder Overview

At the top of the course builder, you’ll see:

  • The total number of steps in the course
    • This is comprised of all lessons, topics & quizzes that have been assigned to the course
  • An “Undo” link, after you’ve made your first edit
  • A link to “Expand All” or “Collapse All” course steps
    • This makes it easier to see all steps at once, and more quickly rearrange, add or remove course steps

Immediately following this, you’ll see all of your course content. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time building out your course.

Add Content to Your Course

There are multiple ways to add content with the course builder. How you go about adding your content will depend on a few things:

  • what type of content you’re adding
  • personal preference

IMPORTANT
All new content created via the Course Builder (i.e. Lessons, Topics, and Quizzes) is automatically published and set to “Public” once the changes are saved for the course.

Section Headings

Section headings (requires LearnDash 3.0+) provide a simple way to break your course into sections. They don’t contain any actual content, and are simply a text-only heading that can be placed between any two lessons. They work in a similar fashion to chapters in a book.

  1. Click on the lesson before where you want the section heading to appear
  2. Click the “New Section Heading” link
  3. Type your heading
  4. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Section Heading” button

To edit a section heading…

  1. Click on its title
  2. Make your edits
  3. Press ENTER or click the “Save” button

To remove a section heading…

  1. Hover over the section heading
  2. Click the red “Remove” link

For the remainder of the content we’re going to discuss (lessons, topics & quizzes), you have two options:

  • create them first, one at a time, and then use the course builder to add them to your course, -or-
  • create them with the course builder, organize them within the course however you’d like, and then go back later to add content to them

This depends on your own personal preference and how you’ve chosen to develop your course content.

Lessons

Aside from section headings, lessons will likely be the first type of content you’ll want to add to your course. You can create brand new lessons directly from the course builder, or add existing lessons that you’ve already created. Let’s take a look at each.

Create New Lessons

  1. Click the “New Lesson” link
  2. Type the name of your lesson
  3. Press ENTER, or click the “Add Lesson” button

Add Existing Lessons

Your existing lessons can be found in the “Lessons” box in the sidebar. By default, your most recent lessons are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all lessons, or use the search box to find a specific lesson by title.

IMPORTANT
Shared Course Steps must be enabled or existing lessons, topics, and quizzes will not be available for selection.

NOTE
If you don’t see the lessons box depicted below, click the settings cog icon icon to display the sidebar.

There are multiple ways to add existing lessons.

Add a single lesson: Hover over a lesson in the lesson box and click the “Add” button. This will add the lesson to the end of your course.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add lessons in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the lesson to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the lesson in your specified location within the course.

Edit a Lesson Title

  1. Click on the title of the lesson
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button

Edit a Lesson’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a lesson, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a lesson.

NOTE
This will open the “Edit Lesson” page in the same window. Be sure to save any edits to your course first.

Remove a Lesson

Hover over the lesson you’d like to remove from the course, and click the red “Remove” link.

Topics

Topics are completely optional, but are great for breaking up content within a lesson. A course must contain at least one lesson in order to add a topic. Let’s walk through how to create new topics, as well as add existing ones, with the course builder.

Create New Topics

  1. Make sure your course has at least one lesson. Follow the instructions above to add your first lesson.
  2. You need to expand the lesson by either clicking “Expand all” at the top of the builder, or click the down arrow to the right of the lesson
  3. Click the “New Topic” link
  4. Type the name of your topic
  5. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Topic” button

Add Existing Topics

IMPORTANT
Shared Course Steps must be enabled or existing lessons, topics, and quizzes will not be available for selection.

Your existing topics can be found in the “Topics” box next to the course builder. By default, your most recent topics are shown, but you can click “View all” to see all topics, or use the search box to find a specific topic by title.

There are multiple ways to add existing topics.

NOTE
Before adding topics, you should click on the lesson where you want to insert a topic. This will select the lesson, highlighting it with a grey background & blue border.

Add a single topic: Hover over a topic in the topic box and click the “Add” button. This will add the topic to the end of whichever lesson you currently have selected.

Add multiple topics: Select the checkbox next to multiple topics, and then click the “Add Selected” button. This will add all selected topics to the end of your currently selected lesson.

Drag & drop: If you’d like to add topics in a particular spot within your course, you can click & hold down your mouse, drag the topic to the course builder in the spot you want it, and then release. This will place the topic in your specified location within the course.

Edit a Topic’s Title

  1. Click on the title of the topic
  2. Make your edits
  3. Hit ENTER or click the “Save” button

Edit a Topic’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a topic, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a topic.

NOTE
You can open this link in a new tab so you can easily return to the course builder without losing your place.

Remove a Topic

Hover over the topic you’d like to remove, and click the red “Remove” link.