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  1. Ian
    Ian February 5, 2013 at 02:19 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Thanks for the great review of Sensei. I just discovered the LearnDash plugin for WP and wondered if you’ve heard of it (http://www.learndash.com/). It was just released in January, and has a few more features that Sensei doesn’t, such as forum and feedback setup, and scheduling lessons on a calendar.

    Would love to here your opinion.

  2. kandrews424
    kandrews424 February 10, 2013 at 08:42 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I’ve just asked for a refund on Sensei after working two days flat out trying to get it set up using 2012 – a theme they say it’s compatible with. It’s not. At no point did the front end of my site look like what’s show in any of the online documentation. The product/course text is under the “add to cart” radio buttons, the images are unclear, the front end user menus are confusing – I need something I can pay for, install and begin setting up the courses and classes right away, not spend 23 hours messing with formatting.

    What a bummer…

    1. Jeffikus
      Jeffikus February 14, 2013 at 07:52 | | Reply

      Hi there

      Sorry to hear your experience wasn’t great, did you get in touch with our support staff to assist you?

  3. Boril
    Boril February 10, 2013 at 09:33 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    I have tested Sensei for few days and I can agree kandrews424 that the plugin doesn’t work as promised. I am using the latest WordPress + WooThemes Canvas (latest version) + WooCommerce (latest version)… everything on my site is from WooThemes, but…

    Sensei courses and lessons cannot visualize the standard wordpress formatting correctly (I mean paragraphs, for example). It cannot parse shortcodes – for JW Playes – I can see the text of the shortcode, but not the video itself.

    The design is messed up. Also I cannot even see which uses to which course / lesson has joined. There is no way to add trainees manually to courses…

    Actually, I was very excited when the plugin was announced. That’s exectly what I need for my new elearning website. So, I have bought it immediately. But now, after some tests, I am totally and completely dissapointed.

    Have you tested the plugin? Did you met some of the problems I have described above? Can you help me with handling these issues?

    Thank you very much and have a great day!

    1. Jeffikus
      Jeffikus February 14, 2013 at 07:55 | | Reply

      Hi Boril

      Thanks for the feedback, are you trying to add the JW player into your content area or the embed code area? Did you get in touch with us via our support forum to assist with the styling issues?

      I’m sorry you are disappointed, but I hope you will keep the feedback coming so we can keep adding awesome new features to the plugin!

  4. Justin Ferriman
    Justin Ferriman February 16, 2013 at 22:32 | | Reply

    Hello Jean-

    I enjoyed your article and believe you give a good overview of Sensei. My name is Justin Ferriman, and I am the founder of LearnDash. Whereas both Sensei and LearnDash do share some features, there are some differences. From a support perspective, we are deeply experienced in the learning industry – consulting Fortune 500 organizations and the U.S. government with their learning systems.

    We also just recently were added to early adopters list of Tin-Can API (the protocol that is replacing the SCORM specification). We are happy to join the likes of BlackBoard and Litmos on this list. (http://tincanapi.com/adopters)

    In the end, the more choices available for people the better. LearnDash isn’t right for everyone, and the same can be said for Sensei, Courseware, and others.

    Justin Ferriman

  5. Train-Up! (@wptrainup)
    Train-Up! (@wptrainup) April 9, 2013 at 15:22 | | Reply

    Hi all, it seems like nobody has cracked e-learning for WordPress 100% just yet. Perhaps check out the new kid on the block: http://wptrainup.co.uk.

    1. Josh Young
      Josh Young May 9, 2013 at 13:46 | | Reply

      I have to admit, jumped from Sensei to Train-Up! for my LMS project and it works a beauty. It’s still a beta, so there’s some stuff that needs to be ironed out, but apart from that it’s brilliant. 🙂
      TrainUp! > Sensei anyday.

  6. Joel
    Joel April 17, 2013 at 08:23 | | Reply

    Hi Jean,

    Very positive review of Sensei. I’ve been looking for a plugin like this for a while. Unfortunately my previous experience of Woo support always causes me to hang back (that plus having spent out on premium Woo themes that I’ve never ended up using).

    Thanks to the posters above I heard about LearnDash and thought I’d have a look at that.

    I am so glad I did. Justin Ferriman was more than happy to discuss with me any concerns I had and whether LearnDash was going to be what I needed or not. In fact, his fast and personal response to my initial email went a long way in making my mind up.

    LearnDash includes more features that Woo are currently only ‘contemplating’ and it already has an inbuilt payment gateway whereas Woo requires ‘woo-commerce’ to charge for online courses.

    If you are looking for a great product with fantastic support then I highly recommend LearnDash.

    Thanks again for the informative blog Jean.

  7. John
    John July 13, 2013 at 21:50 | | Reply

    Hi, I was waiting for sensei but found learndash and if you need a straight forward lms that works I can recommend learndash. With learndash plus due out soon it just gets better

  8. Bob Dunn
    Bob Dunn July 29, 2013 at 19:43 | | Reply

    Thought I would chime in as I recently just launched a site recently with Sensei. I’m sure there are some other plugins that have more features I could have explored, but with my positive history with any Woo products, I jumped at the chance to purchase it and consider it for my new site. Also, it easily transitioned in using a WooTheme and WooCommerce. Although there are a few features I would like to have seen, in the end it has turned out to be a great decision on my part.

    Jean, hope you don’t mind a link here… but I did a case study over on Woo about my experience with a bit more details 🙂 http://www.woothemes.com/2013/07/case-study-bobwp-wordpress-online-classes/

  9. David at David's Vending in Vancouver
    David at David's Vending in Vancouver March 5, 2014 at 03:14 | | Reply

    When you say it is “the best” can you explain this? Did you do a comparison with other learning management plugins that came out before Sensei and had or have more features? Did you try to integrate it with “any” theme? Did you see what it looks like when you use it with a non-Woo theme?

  10. Scott
    Scott April 30, 2014 at 23:05 | | Reply

    How do you insert video which is hosted on the local site rather then uploaded to youtube. I can get it to run in the body of the lesson but not the designated video section

    1. Joel
      Joel May 1, 2014 at 04:31 | | Reply

      I’m not sure that Sensei can work with nested videos. I think Learn-Dash can although to be honest I host from Vimeo as it is a better platform all round. Learn-Dash will easily run videos from Vimeo too and works brilliantly across many WordPress themes – whereas my experience with Woo has always been somewhat disappointing with regards to compatibility.

  11. Robert Lunte
    Robert Lunte November 18, 2014 at 06:01 | | Reply

    They just released drip content feature add-on…

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