Anyone have any ideas on how to build online course functionality in EE? It would be a basic version of platforms like Thinkific or Teachable, with content (lessons) that a student would go through linearly and be able to check off progress of what they’ve completed, and what they haven’t yet.
Quizzes would be a nice bonus, but not necessary.
I know there were a couple of LMS add-ons available for EE2, but I think they have both been discontinued. I’m going to reach out to some others and see if anyone else has done this recently.
If it’s only a “simple” LMS what I’d do:
Create a channel for lessons
Create a channel for courses
On the front end you’d list out available courses for your students, click on a course page to get links to lessons for that course.
For students marking what courses/lessons they have complete you could use something like the Favourites addon - https://eeharbor.com/favorites - this provides a mechanism for students to mark any course/lesson
Thanks for looking Andy! And Rob, that is actually a brilliantly simple strategy, exactly what I was looking for. I never thought of using Favorites as as a way to mark progress, but of course that totally works too.
I guess my only other question is: when it comes to purchasing courses, I’d want a way to offer one-off purchases as well as a subscription for all-access. Would that be possible with something like Charge and EE6’s new member roles feature?
What I’m thinking is a new member role would be added after a successful transaction that would give that paying user access to a particular course, or all courses, depending on what they purchased. I’m just not sure if member groups automatically get mapped to the new member roles across all add-ons.
Yes Charge should work for that, it is EE6 compatible so I’m assuming it work with member roles. Charge allows you to change a members role/group when a payment has been made. You’d have to set up your roles in advance though so some pre-planning will be needed and you’d have to figure out how to limit course/lesson access via whatever role.
Instead of Charge maybe the module Subscriptions would be a better fit here?
I’m also looking for a module to bill subscriptions and intangible items, that allows at least Stripe and PayPal or let me add a custom payment with some hook or API.
It seems Subscriptions is the closest thing I found so far as sadly older modules are not supported any longer. If someone is aware of another way to bill with EE (don’t need products, just subscriptions or one time services) please share your ideas here. Payment support on CMS system seems like a critical missing feature.