I was blown away by the demo of Woo Theme’s new course managment plugin, Sensei. I haven’t had an opportunity to use it in a production site yet, but I already have several candidates that look like a good fit.
Sensei uses the WordPress Custom Post Types to make it easy to create entire courses and individula lesson. I do this a lot for my membership site clients who offer courses, but Sensei really shortcuts the process.
With it you can creae a course then individual lessons within it. Each lesson can be set to requrie a quiz in order to move to the next. The student can’t move on until they complete the prerequisite.
Currently the quizzes only use multiple choice questions. But they have plans to add other question types such as essays and assessments in future versions.
Most of the courses we have built lately don’t require any type of assessment, so I’d probably skip this feature for now. But it’s good to know it’s available.
Woo says that Sensei will work within almost any theme, although it may require some changes to the template files due to differences in layouts. If you use Woo Themes, then this is a no-brainer.
Sensei is not a stand-alone membership site product. It requires membership functionality (like WishList Member) or an eCommerce plugin (like Woo Commerce) to control access.
I plan to integrate it into a couse project in the near future. Once I get my hands on it I’ll update you with a hands-on report.