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Tutor LMS v1.7.2 Brings Course Filters, Enhanced Email Notifications, Public Courses, and More

Good day Tutorians! Welcome to another update for your favorite WordPress LMS plugin. This update comes as a follow-up to the huge changes we brought to the eLearning plugin in the last update.

This time, we’re mostly focusing on fixing small issues and enhancing some others to create a stable system for your eLearning hub powered by WordPress. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of these changes.

Changelog

  • New: Course filter option in Course Archive page
  • New: Public Course/Private course options
  • New: Now student will get email notification after his enrollment
  • Update: Hide Become Instructor button if someone’s already applied 
  • Update: Enable/disable video source and choose default video source option
  • Update: Assignment page with new deadline notice, expired message and more.
  • Update: Instructor Registration page with new prompts 
  • Fix: Quiz submission email recipients
  • Fix: Assignment submission email recipients
  • Fix: New Student enrollment email notification
  • Fix: Instructor signup email notification issue
  • Fix: Enrolment email notification issue
  • Fix: Fatal Error in the Sales tab of Reports Addon
  • Fix: Canceling order does not update the student count on instructor dashboard
  • Fix: RTL layout issue in Add-on list
  • Fix: Color settings
  • Fix: Minor text issues

Filters in Course Archive

With this update, we’ve added filtering and searching options in the course archive page. This will allow potential students to easily filter and search for the courses they need. You can filter the courses by using category, level, price, and tags. You can search using a simple search field on the top as well. 

Public Courses and Private Courses

These are two new course options we’ve added to Tutor LMS which will offer more flexibility to the platform.

Public Course: A public course can be accessed by any user without logging in or signing up. To enable it, navigate to the course editor, and on the bottom (right sidebar if you are editing from the backend), you will see a toggle named “Is course private”. Simply enable this to make this course and its lesson content accessible by any user without enrolling or logging in.

Private Course: A private course cannot be accessed by any user apart from those who are enrolled. Naturally, this means that the user has to be logged in as well. To enable it, go to the backend of a course editor, and then locate the right sidebar. Click edit next to “Visibility” and set it to Private. This will make sure that only enrolled students can visit this published course.

Monetization has to be disabled to use the public course feature at this moment. We will improve the experience very soon!

More Customizable Video Preferences

Now you can choose to enable or disable video sources from the Tutor LMS system. By default, there are 5 types of sources: HTML5, External URL, YouTube, Vimeo, and Embedded. If you so choose, you can now disable some of these sources by navigating to WP Admin > Tutor LMS > Settings > Courses and then scroll down to Preferred Video Source. From there, you can pick which sources you want to keep. If you uncheck all, then they will all stay enabled. 

You can also pick Default Video Source. This will keep the chosen source preselected when an instructor creates a course.

Email Notification Issues Fixed

We’ve tweaked several of the automated email notifications that were behaving inconsistently. These email types will now work properly and be sent to the correct user type:

  • Quiz Submitted (Student and Instructor)
  • Student Enrolled (Instructor)
  • Assignment Submitted (Admin and Instructor)
  • Instructor Signup (Admin)

You also have access to 1 new email notification. This will notify the students if he/she enrols into a course. To activate it, you must enable it from the Email settings.

Updated Sections

The assignment page has been updated with new prompts, deadlines, and notices. This will help give better feedback to a student if s/he fails to submit within time. The submit button will also be disabled if they have missed the deadline. 

We’ve also improved the Instructor Registration page to provide updated information. Now, if you have already applied to become an instructor, you will be able to see a status of your application. If you have already been accepted as an instructor, the page will notify you of that information.

The RTL option for the addons page has also been updated to fix some of the layout issues we’ve had in the past. 

Some errors with WooCommerce integration have been fixed as well. When an admin deletes a WooCommerce product, and then navigates to the Reports > Sales tab, it would trigger a fatal error due to no existing WooCommerce product. This error will be better handled with the latest update. Also, if a user cancels an order for a WooCommerce product, the instructor dashboard will reflect the update correctly.

Wrapping Up

With this update, we are targeting to create our WordPress LMS plugin a more stable product. This version will hopefully address some issues that you have faced in the past and in so doing, make this a better product for both you and your students. So update today, and start creating the best eLearning platform on WordPress!

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14 Comments

  • wendy@yourteachablemoment.com November 22, 2020

    Hi there, We are running Tutor LMS and are having many issues with the “save settings” feature – it simply doesn’t save. Also, the search bar does not work. The email notifications also do not work for us. Can you assist? Wendy (yourteachablemoment.com)

    • Sekander November 22, 2020

      Hello Wendy,
      I am sorry to know that you’re having issues with Tutor LMS. For technical issues, we recommend communicating with us via email. Please use the contact form on our site or send an email to support at themeum dot com.

  • sangalang November 1, 2020

    Hello.. How can I rename Tutor LMS Pro to something like ” Course Management” ?
    I’ll very appreciate it..

    • Sekander November 1, 2020

      Hi,

      You can do this using the “Say What” plugin. You need to use ‘tutor’ in the text domain field.

  • pamiola October 25, 2020

    Thank you for the great work and commitment to continuous improvement.

    I noticed the course filter feature on my website earlier today and it doesn’t look good on mobile.

    Since I don’t have so many courses yet, I prefer to have this feature disabled. But it still shows up even after disabling it from the LMS settings.

    Please, would you kindly advise on why this is happening and how to fix it?

    • Ruhit Rafian Prinon October 27, 2020

      Hey pamiola! We’re sorry you’re having this issue. Please do reach out to us through live chat as it’s the easiest way to contact the support team and come to a quick solution. You can find our live chat popup anywhere in the Themeum website

  • Jonathan Sakala October 22, 2020

    I have yearned for the Preferred Video Source feature for a long time . . . I appreciate you team Themeum for adding this feature – kudos

    • Sekander October 22, 2020

      We also want to thank you for your patience and cooperation till today. We have limited resources; so we might be late to release new features, but we would always listen to our users’ feedback.

      Thank you for trusting us ❤️

  • Ronald Charest October 22, 2020

    Hello,

    I use both Qubley Pro and now TutorLMS Pro. I particuarly like the one feature of TutorLMS which is the “Q&A”, a nice way for the student to communicate directly with the instructor. However, I have a couple of issues with TutorLMS that disappoint me.

    One is that your lessons do not use Gutenberg Blocks, and so Qubely is not supported. You are missing a big advantage by not having your Lessons editor support blocks. It would allow course developers to use the rich capabilities of Qubley in building courses.

    The second is the way the lessons work, they have a problem with shortcodes. For example, I embedded a shortcode into my lesson screen from “TablePress” to include a table of data as part of the lesson. When the student first clicks on the lesson, it opens and the shortcode does not appear to get parsed by the server. All I see is the actual shortcode. Once the lesson page is refreshed, the shortcode does work and does create the embedded object. This same issue is not present in other LMS such as LearnPress.

    You folks have a potentially nice LMS, but it needs to integrate with Gutenberg/Qubley, and it needs to properly parse shortcodes. This would give course developers more ability to use the power of WordPress editing.

    Thanks,
    Ron

    • Walter Zelhofer October 23, 2020

      I randomly discovered that if you enable the “classic editor” things get parsed! I discovered this when I was trying to get Katex equations to parse and Themeum couldn’t figure out how to help. Random quirk… try it!

    • Sekander October 22, 2020

      Hello Ronald,

      We have disabled parsing HTML and special character for security reasons. I will convey your message to our administration team to include Gutenberg support.

  • cursosmandala October 22, 2020

    Maravilloso Tutor LMS! No deja de sorprender siempre para mejor. Lo que más me gusta es los comentarios de mejora de sus clientes son tomados en cuenta y luego aplicados para mejorar la experiencia de usabilidad de la app. Me parece una maravilla, y veo que crece a ritmo imparable. Sin duda la mejor app para elearning de todo WP. Me encanta contar con un buscador de cursos por fin! y con una mejor página de registro para los profesores. También era muy importante el mensaje de registro en curso para los estudiantes. Muchas gracias por vuestro gran trabajo. Un saludo.

    • Nayeem October 22, 2020

      Hello Paula from Cursos Mandala,

      Thank you very much for your appreciation. . It means a lot. . We are continuously updating Tutor LMS and making it feature enriched. .

      Great to know that you are really satisfied with the features and the improvements. . Hope we will never let you down. . Thanks for being with us