Content drip or sequential delivery of course material over time
Content Dripping is the delivery of content, courses, new material over time – in a pre-scheduled manner.
Being able to setup up a course that drips out to new customers 'X' days (hours, minutes) after they sign up or to slowly release content so customers don't download everything and then ask for a refund.
This could be a sensei extension
This is now available as a Sensei extension. You can purchase it from http://www.woothemes.com/products/sensei-content-drip/ or read more about it in our blog post at http://www.woothemes.com/2014/11/sensei-content-drip-set-the-pace-your-students-learn/
If Woo commerce and sensei had this feature I would switch in a minute. I already run several membership that drip content. The way my script works is you set up a course product - you them set up modules- in my case a module is just a lesson but I'm aware sensei has modules and lessons. Most drip content is based on time day, week, month. So in sensei the way I see happening the best is that sensei still allows students to complete each lesson or module as they would normally progress in sensei but would have drip portion only for modules or lessons. So one could drip access to 2 modules this week - they could progress through the modules as they wish. Then get dripped another lesson next week and so on. One of the most important feature that many people over look is that of pausing. The best policy is that if a customer has paid for certain product they should be allowed access to that product but lets say the credit card expires or something and their subscription cancels or may be they want to pause their subscription for a month. Content drip software doesn't remember their progress. So they have to start from ground zero. If you had this feature straight of the bat you would save yourself having to solve this problem in feature releases. :-) hope that helps and I am so anticipating this.
I just want to add that I'd love to see this too. I currently run self-paced courses and Sensei is perfect for that. But I also do instructor-led courses where each day they get an email with a new lesson. I'd love to be able to drip that content within Sensei. Currently those run through just password-protected pages because I don't want to set up a membership site. Would love to have it all under one "roof" so to speak!
I want all my web business with Woo, other providers offer this drip feed but I want to continue under one roof.
Fred Schenkelberg commented
I'd like to create a 8 week course that adds content weekly.
Another situation is to provide quiz material and show solution the next day - or an hour after they start the quiz.
Thanks for all the great feedback here. Keep it coming! :)
@Simon Ives, you can already set course prerequisites, so that one course can only be started when the prerequisite course is completed. I think that's what you were requesting with your point #4.
Also, for point #2, what kind of 'key arbitrary milestones' did you have in mind?
@Craig Grella, dripping content based on time spend studying would be near impossible to determine, because the student could simply leave the lesson open in their browser and go to sleep until the required time has been reached. How would you propose monitoring the student's interaction with the lesson?
As mentioned below, three main things for me stand out:
Dripping lessons in relative set intervals from time of purchase (e.g. one lesson every seven days)
Being able to set absolute times (starts Nov.1)
Be able to tie to email...for example an email when new content is released.
Simon Ives commented
Fantastic news that this is officially on the agenda. There are a few relevant options that would be fantastic to see implemented.
1. Have lessons released at set timeframes. Something like lesson two is released seven days after user commences lesson one. This way courses can run across any date range and every user gets the same experience regardless of their commencement date.
2. Have lessons released after key arbitrary milestones are reached.
3. Attach the release of lessons to an email campaign. This way when a lesson is released the user receives an email reminding them to engage.
4. "Drip" the completion of one course into the commencement of another (conditional enrolment)
I like this idea. I work with distance education for 9 years. We have a software company that is in the way. With start and end time of the studies. And how Moodle you release things with time. It's been great working in a software as well. And I feel that you are professional to do this. No doubt it will be a great move.
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Michael Boll commented
Would be nice if we could attach this to an email campaign as well. That when another lesson comes out, an email is generated and the person is notified.
I really need the option to select a limit timeframe for the next lesson within a course to be displayed to allow students to put in the necessary work into each lesson. Maybe an option within the individual lesson or course options in WordPress' dashboard. Thanks!
My basic use case is to have lessons "released" at set intervals -- like every two weeks -- from the time of purchase. My clients want to make sure that their students spend enough time practicing the lesson material before moving on. They would rather have the content dripping at the set intervals than use quizzes, which the students can rush through without spending time with the material. We're using quizzes now as a workaround. Ideally each lesson release would be accompanied by an email notification to the student that their new lesson is available.
Yes, this would be a valuable plugin or extension. Protecting against fraudulent returns is important, but more important is improving the learner experience. Conditionally controlling the delivery of course content could allow for a lot of innovation in curriculum design and learner value.
Yes that's what I really would like for Christmas!
Wouldn't mind if it'll be a paid add on extention, but am looking for new course/memebership plugins to solve my problem, which is a pitty. It feels like downgrading my course section of the site!
So please add this future, all the hassle to switch is a waist of time and money.
Looks like one of the most popular feature requests...agreed it would be amazing and make this the top product on the market. Does Woo have any plans to include this in the next update/release? :)
It would be the cherrie on the top or this years flop!
More importantly - a set Schedule. You can currently drip content with most membership plugin with "x" days, but what about a SCHEDULED course, aka "Starts on November 1st, next module in X days".
THIS would make t a real COURSE solution, not just a drip solution.
Jen Gordon commented
any feedback from Woo on this feature? Much needed.
I really need this feature to use Sensei for my project, so I hope you will follow up and create this extension asap!
Nick Rosener commented