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Jil Mendoza November 17, 2022

This section covers everything needed to build & set up a LearnDash course.

Course Builder​

The LearnDash course builder provides an easy, intuitive way to build out your courses. You can add new  sections, lessons, topics & quizzes.

There are a few ways you can access the LearnDash course builder.

For existing courses:

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Hover over an existing course
  3. Click the “Builder” link

Alternatively, you can click on the course title or “Edit” link to bring up the “Edit Course” page. Once there, click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar.

Creating your first course?
  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click the “Add New” button at the top of the page
  3. Click the “Builder” tab in the top navigation bar

Course Builder Overview​

At the top of the course builder, you’ll see:



  • The total number of steps in the course
    • This is comprised of all lessons, topics & and the final quiz that have been assigned to the course
  • An “Undo” link, after you’ve made your first edit
  • A link to “Expand All” or “Collapse All” course steps
    • This makes it easier to see all steps at once, and more quickly rearrange, add or remove course steps

Immediately following this, you’ll see all of your course content. This is where you’ll spend the majority of your time building out your course.


Add Content to your Course

There are multiple ways to add content with the course builder.


All new content created via the Course Builder (i.e. Lessons, Topics, and Quizzes) is automatically published and set to “Public” once the changes are saved for the course. Meaning they will be visible to other users that are visiting or using your website.

Adding Lessons

Lessons will likely be the first type of content you’ll want to add to your course. You can create brand new lessons directly from the course builder, or add existing lessons that you’ve already created. Let’s take a look at each.

Create New Lessons

  1. Click the “New Lesson” link
  2. Type the name of your lesson
  3. Press ENTER, or click the “Add Lesson” button

Edit a Lesson’s Content

If you’d like to edit the content within a lesson, you can click the blue “Edit” link that appears when you hover over a lesson.

Adding Quizzes​

Quizzes can be added to lessons & topics, or as a final quiz to the course itself. Any combination of these will work. You can create new quizzes directly from the course builder, or pull in existing quizzes you’ve already created.

Course quizzes are located at the bottom of the course builder, under the “FINAL QUIZZES” heading. Lesson & topic quizzes can be found within the lesson/topic that they belong to.

Create New Quizzes

  1. Navigate to the lesson/topic where you want to add a quiz (or simply scroll to the “FINAL QUIZZES” section at the bottom)
  2. Click the “New Quiz” link
  3. Type the name of your quiz
  4. Hit ENTER, or click the “Add Quiz” button

Rearrange Course Content​

In addition to adding content, you can also use the course builder to rearrange lessons, topics & quizzes. There are two ways to move content around.

Drag and Drop

Immediately before each section heading, lesson, topic & quiz, you’ll find an icon with 6 dots. When you hover over this icon, your cursor will turn into a hand. This means you can click, hold down, and drag that piece of content to another place within your course.

Move Arrows

Also located before each section heading & lesson, you’ll find up and down arrows above and below the drag & drop icon. Clicking these arrows will move the content either up or down.

Course Content Settings​

Each course can have its own set of display options. In this article, we’ll cover how each display setting affects your course, and how you might want to adjust each setting to fit your particular needs.

Course Content​

The course content setting determines who can see the list of lessons, topics & quizzes that make up your course.

This does not affect the content that you add to the WordPress editor on the course page. That content will be displayed to everyone.

  • Always visible (default)
    Display list to everyone, whether or not they are enrolled in the course.
  • Only visible to enrollees
    Only display the list to users enrolled in the course.

Course Access Settings​

The course access settings allow you to define a set of criteria for how a user gains and maintains access to your course. 

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you want to edit
  3. Click on the Settings tab at the top of the page
  4. Locate the section titled “Course Access Settings

Access Mode​

Access mode is how you determine the way in which someone can gain access to a course – we use Closed course access.

Course Page​

The course page content area is where you add a course title, description and featured image for your course. 

  1. Navigate to LEARNDASH LMS > COURSES
  2. Click on the course you’d like to edit
  3. You will automatically land on the Course page tab
  4. You can immediately start adding your course description

Course Title​

Your course title is the first thing you’ll see at the top of the editing screen. Look for a placeholder that says “Add Course title.”

Featured Image​

The featured image is the main image associated with your course. Most WordPress themes will display this image near the top of your course page.

  1. Look for the Featured Image panel in the sidebar (make sure you’re viewing Document settings, not Block settings)
  2. If it’s not already open, click on it to open it
  3. Click Set featured image
  4. Choose an image from your Media Library, or upload a new one
  5. Click the Select button at the bottom