Two highly requested features arrive in Sensei LMS 3.15 — our first release of 2022.
This update gives course creators new tools for both videos and quizzes. Best of all, unlike other WordPress LMS options, these features are available entirely for free.
Read on to learn more, or download Sensei here to give it a try.
Require videos be played
It seems only reasonable. When you add videos to a course, you want to encourage the learner to watch the video in its entirety. This is especially important for certification courses or those with strict compliance requirements.
With just one click, you can now require that videos are played to the end before a lesson can be marked complete.
Another new setting will automatically pause a video if another window or tab is opened on top of the video. This can be handy for stopping students from playing a video in the background while doing something else. There are good reasons students may open a tab during a video, such as taking notes on what they learn, so this setting may not be ideal for all courses.
The third new option will automatically mark a lesson as complete when a video is watched — adding a nice professional touch to your courses.
We call these new features video progression, and they all work seamlessly with YouTube, Vimeo, VideoPress, and native video uploads.
Add pages to quizzes
If quizzes get longer than just a few questions, it can be overwhelming and daunting for students.
Sensei has always displayed all quiz questions at once at the end of a lesson. Now, you can quickly turn any quiz into one with pages. Just choose how many questions you want to show per page, and Sensei will take care of the rest.
And to keep students informed and motivated, a new customizable progress bar will appear above quiz questions. Huzzah!
How to use video progression
When editing a course page, you will see these Video settings in the right sidebar:
Autocomplete lesson will mark a lesson as complete whenever a video in a lesson is watched to the end.
Autopause will attempt to stop playback of the video whenever another browser tab or a window is over the video being played.
Required will not allow the lesson to be marked as complete until the video is watched to the end.
A few important notes about these video settings:
- These are applied to all lessons in a course.
- Only videos embedded from YouTube, Vimeo, VideoPress, or uploaded directly to the WordPress site are supported.
- If you add more than one video to a lesson, the Required and Autocomplete features will only apply to the first video that is watched by the student. So if adding more than one video, you may wish to break them up into multiple lessons.
How to use quiz pagination
To add pages to quizzes, click on Single page when editing the Quiz Block.
Then, choose the Multi-Page option and how many questions you want to show on each page.
You also can use the Pagination settings in the sidebar when editing the Quiz Block.
You can enable the Show Progress Bar and choose the colors for the Progress Bar in these settings as well.
Just the beginning
We have several big releases lined up in the coming weeks and months. If you missed it, you can see a sneak preview of some of what is planned here.
In the meantime, give the new video and quiz features a spin and let us know how you go!