Posted on October 11, 2018
In order to create an outstanding learning environment, you need an exceptional LMS WordPress theme. That’s what we have in Derrick, our Genesis child theme geared especially to digital learning and membership communities of all kinds. I’ll write more about Derrick in a bit, and bring you up to speed on some updates we’ve made to it — as well as highlighting our other Learning Management System (or LMS for short) themes that sort of fly under the radar.
But before we get into that, let’s throw a few paragraphs at what an LMS is: how it came to be, and what a great a tool it is for building out courses and structuring digital coursework specifically for your audience and users.
Distance Learning Gave Rise To The LMS
Once upon three centuries or so ago, people started figuring out how to teach others via correspondence courses. Initially coursework was sent through the post. After completing a lesson, students mailed it back to the instructor for grading and received another. This type of distance education continued for some time. Then the 20th century saw it morph into multimedia learning, using a combination of audio, video, and print materials to deliver the course curriculum.
In the 1980s, the marriage of education and telecommunications went somewhat mainstream. College classrooms started broadcasting televised courses and began to consider computerized courses.
An LMS hauls around the books for virtual learners and instructors alike
So what’s a Learning Management System, anyway? The short answer is that an LMS is like the Swiss Army Knife of both education AND software. It’s crazy-versatile and highly customizable.
The longer answer is, “A neat piece of software magic that has all the tools needed to create, organize, manage, and deliver education via a digital platform.”
As a result of all this functionality, you can use an LMS in a variety of ways, from employee training to custom workshops, as well as academic instruction and continuing education hours.
- Your basic Learning Management System:
- Enables the delivery of course components to students
- Tracks student progress
- Allows quick viewing/sorting of data
- Makes course materials accessible from anywhere at any time
- Supports various content formats (video, audio, ebook, etc.)
- Enables synchronous (classroom-style) or asynchronous (flexible, student-led) learning
Most well-rounded LMSs have options to create an online training program, a membership site with digital download sales, and build an email list.
Say Hello To Derrick, An LMS WordPress Theme
All in all, Learning Management Systems have gotten pretty sophisticated, given all the features and functionality even the most basic platforms offer. There are many LMS platforms now, some of which are very specialized to their respective industries.
Today you can find LMSs in use by colleges and universities, businesses large and small, government agencies, and even your local elementary school.
Derrick is our answer to a broad need for Genesis child themes with LMS integration. It was recently given a spit shine, a bow tie, and a handy new version number (1.3.0). In addition to integrating with the premium LearnDash learning management system plugin, Derrick now supports LifterLMS.
Why? Because we’ve always loved offering our customers choices, and we think LifterLMS is a terrific product. (I mean, check out their advanced quiz functionality and the impressive social learning option.)
Derrick’s Available In Our Theme Store
If you’ve purchased the Developer Pro Pack, Derrick is already in your account, ready and waiting for download.
Don’t have our Developer Pro Pack yet? Click right here to find out how to get immediate, unlimited access to all our themes (present and future!) at a killer discount.
And … we didn’t stop at Derrick!
Derrick is the only theme we specifically market as LMS-friendly. But it’s not the only Genesis child theme on the 9seeds roster that supports LMS functionality, though.
Caroline is billed as a theme for universities, and Fernando is a theme for authors. They’re both LMS-ready Genesis child themes. With versions 1.1.0 and 1.3.0 respectively, Caroline and Fernando have both been updated and offer LearnDash and LifterLMS integrations.
Set up a private community. Carve out a passive income stream with digital products. Create an exceptional virtual learning environment. LMS website builders Derrick 1.3.0, Caroline 1.1.0, and Fernando 1.3.0 are at the ready to help you accomplish any of these goals and streamline the process along the way.