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WP as a kind of LMS? (2 posts)

  1. djmceltic
    Member
    Posted 2 years ago #

    I have used WP for many different sites, ranging from personal blogs to shopping carts. I just got a request to create a kind of LMS.

    Meaning a repository where people could have classes listed and some attributes for the class, documents for the classes with variable fields for documents (internal doc type, last edited, content owner... stuff like that), and then just your standard editable pages.

    Further down the road they may want forms for people to add classes or request certain things -- so it will never replace the corporate LMS but will be more middleware.

    So...

    Is there a theme or plugin that sets the tone for this?

    Is WP a solution for this?

    I have a good PHP background and do not mind doing a lot on my own but I am trying to figure out if I go with an LMS and strip it down (won't be as flexible as WP or have the bells and whistles), go with a CMS written for a more educational environment (I would personally hate to buy some crap that paints me in a box), or use WP and modify the hell out of it.

    [No bumping, thank you.]

  2. claudio.erba
    Member
    Posted 1 year ago #

    Hello DIMCeltic

    I gave similar answer on other topics and i'm going to add some other details to this answer.

    In My hopinion the best way is using the Cloud - Plugin - API approach and interface the CMS WordPress with an LMS (Learning management system).

    The focus of an LMS is related to standard Compliancy, Reporting, Training organization and content delivery (that's where the CMS lack features).

    Standard compliance for international E-Learning standard are the biggest problem, there are 3 main standards Scorm 1.2, Scorm 2004 and the New one TinCan.

    Also other LMS related integrations are a must, HRIS software and Videoconference. Then, why rebuild some that already exist? Let's integrate :) (We are in a big data - API) :)

    With the integration approach you will obtain the top features of the TOP cms with the vertical features of an LMS (Like standard compliancy, dedicated reports, learning curricula organization and so on...).

    Usually the benefits of integrations are:
    -> Single sign on
    -> Course display in wordpress pages/blocks
    -> Course catalog displayed in wordpress as well

    In Docebo we followed this approach and released a plugin to interface WordPress with our Docebo LMS. If you would like to check the philosophy behind the integration and test it for free you can do it here:

    You can check how we do it here:

    http://www.docebo.com/2013/02/22/docebo-elearning-platform-wordpress-integration-lms/

    I hope this helps :)
    Claudio

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