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Easy Courses Guide

Easy Course is a powerful learning management system so you can design and deliver beautiful courses complete with bold media content, interactive questions, downloadable course work, forums and assessments, all within WordPress – no third-party service required.

Get Started

Start by reading Installing plugins section in Wordpress Manual if you are new to WordPress.

Once installed and activated, you’ll see a new menu item in your dashboard called Easy Courses

Clicking that menu link, you’ll be greeted with a welcome message and brief details to help you get started by creating a course.

Adding a New Course

Let’s go ahead and get started by adding a course. Go to EasyCourses > New Course.

You’ll see a number of sub-sections comprising a 6-step process. Let’s go through them all.

Step 1 – Course Overview
  • Enter a Course Name.
  • Enter a Course Excerpt, or a short overview of the course.
  • Optionally, upload or link to an Listing Image to be used for the course display in the front-end.
  • Enter a Course Language.
  • Click the Next button to continue to the next step.
Step 2 – Course Description
  • Optionally, you can upload or link to a Featured Video, to be displayed when users view the course details in the Course Overview page.
  • Enter a Course Description, a detailed description of the course. You’ll have the full power of the WordPress visual editor for customizing the description.
  • In the Course Structure section, you’ll have options for customizing the course structure. You’ll also see a list of units, which will be empty initially. You’ll be able to add and edit units later.
  • Tick the ‘Show the Course Overview structure and Preview Options‘ to display the units listing in the Course Overview page. This information will otherwise only be available for students enrolled in the course.
  • Tick the ‘Display Time Estimates for Units and Lessons‘ to show a time estimate option when editing the units.
  • Click the Previous button to go back to the previous section or the Next button to continue to the next step.
Step 3 – Instructors
  • You can assign as many instructors as you like in the Course Instructors section. You’ll be able to choose from any of the users in your standard WordPress Users list.
  • Easily send an email invite through the Invite New Instruction section. Simply enter a First NameLast Name and E-Mail address then press Send Invite.
  • Click the Previous butt
Step 4 – Course Dates
  • Enter the dates your course will be available within the Course Dates section. Or tick the ‘This course has no end date‘ option.
  • Otherwise you can select the Start Date and End Date using the pop-up date picker.
  • Similarly, in the Enrollment Dates section, tick the ‘Users can enroll at any time‘ option to allow enrollment any time.
  • Otherwise you can again select the Start Date and End Date using the pop-up date picker.
  • Click the Previous button to go back to the previous section or the Next button to continue to the next step.
Step 5 – Classes, Discussions and Workbooks
  • To limit the class size, tick the ‘Limit class size‘ option end enter a value for the limit.
  • Tick the ‘Allow Course Discussion‘ option to allow open discussion between students and instructors.
  • Tick the ‘Show student Workbook‘ option to allow students to see their progress.
  • Click the Previous button to go back to the previous section or the Next button to continue to the next step.
Step 6 – Enrollment and Course Cost

Tick the ‘This is a Paid Course‘ option to display payment options.

For payments, EasyCourses integrates with WooCommerce.

Simply ensure that WooCommerce is installed and activated, then tick the ‘Use WooCommerce to sell courses‘ setting at EasyCourses > Settings.

You can optionally select to redirect WooCommerce product posts to a parent course as well.

  • Tick the ‘Automatically generate Stock Keeping Unit‘ option to have EasyCourses automatically create a unique SKU. Otherwise you can enter a SKU value yourself.
  • Enter the Price.
  • Tick the ‘Enabled Sale Price‘ option to specify that this course on sale.
  • Enter a Sale Price to be used with the above option.

Once you’re done configuring settings, you can click the Previous button to go back to the previous section. Or click the Done button to complete the course creation process and save the new course.

Manage Courses

Let’s have a look through the Courses at EasyCourses > Courses.

You’ll see a list of all the Courses you’ve created.

  • User the Search Courses section to search through the existing courses.
  • Click the Delete icon to delete a course.
  • Clicking the name of the course will take you to the edit section for the course. And clicking the Students link will take you to the Students tab of the edit page.

On wide-screen devices, you’ll see a few extra options in the list.

You’ll see a Published column where you can easily publish or unpublish a course.

You’ll also see a Bulk Actions drop-down. You can tick any courses in the list, select an option from the drop-down and click Apply to apply an action to all the ticked courses.

The available Bulk Actions are as follows:

  • Publish
  • Unpublish
  • Delete

You can also hover your mouse over any course in the list to see a quick list of links.

Those links are as follows:

  • Edit – quickly get to the Course Overview page for this course
  • Units – go to the Units page
  • Students – go to the Students tab
  • View Course – view the course in the site’s front-end
  • View Units – view the units through the site’s front-end

Let’s have a look at the Course Overview for the course we created earlier by clicking the Edit link.

Course Overview

Here, you’ll see a number of tabs (Course OverviewUnits and Students) along with some other options.

  • You’ll see an accordion list of the various Steps created earlier. Click on any of them to expose the settings for each.
  • Quickly publish the course using the Publish Course switch.
  • Click the Preview button to see a preview of the Course in the site’s front-end.

Let’s go to the Students tab.

Manage Students

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