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SP LMS Update: Get Filtering Options, Lesson Topic, Rich Teacher Profile, and Many More

15 June 2020
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SP LMS Update: Get Filtering Options, Lesson Topic, Rich Teacher Profile, and Many More

Hello everyone! I hope your eLearning site made with SP LMS is doing fantastic. Having an eLearning site is more than a blessing in this pandemic situation. As plenty of people can’t go to schools, colleges, and coaching centers, and learn something new. We care about your online coaching site as well. This is why, today, we have some surprises for you.

You would be happy to know that we are updating SP LMS with plenty of new features. We have got emails and comments in our blog about your expectations for SP LMS features. After quality research and also based on your request, we are updating SP LMS with course filtering option, lesson topic adding system, rich teacher profile, dynamic rating, and many more.

Sounds interesting, right? Now, you have the potential to enrich your eLearning site with new features and offer your learners more. Students will love exploring the courses and be interested in joining your courses more.

What’s in this SP LMS Update?

The new update is bringing new stuff for everyone involved with your eLearning site including learners and instructors. Aren’t you excited about the new features in the SP LMS component? Let’s know more about them.

Brand New Video Player

The updated SP LMS brings a brand new video player to let your learners enjoy course videos on a wonderful interface. The new player has the option to switch video quality, change volume, and more. The video player is applied to both lessons and intro videos. You can upload a custom thumbnail image if you want to. The video player supports YouTube, self hosted videos, and Vimeo videos.

Enriched Teacher Profile

SP LMS 3.4

Courses and teachers are what students will mostly be attracted to. This is why we’ve also enriched teacher profiles with many new options. Now, you can showcase teacher’s education, display skills, learners can follow their favorite teachers, and have many more.

  • Option to follow teachers: Students will be able to follow their teachers to know their new courses and updates. Upon creating a menu item with SP LMS’s Following menu type, you can let students check who they are following.
  • Teacher's education: This can be added to the teacher profile including the name of institutions and sessions.
  • Search teachers with skill filters: On a multi-instructor ready eLearning site, you have plenty of teachers to get courses from. We have added a skill filtering option so that you can easily find teachers of your desired skills.
  • Teacher’s designation and experience: Showcase teacher’s designation and experience in years.

Apart from these features, the teacher’s single page has also been improved. Alongside pie progress, now you can display skills in progress bars and badges.

Course Filtering Options

An eLearning site can have a lot of courses. These courses may come from different categories, types, and more. We’ve added an advanced course filtering system to SP LMS. You can filter courses with their categories, levels of difficulties (like beginner, intermediate, and advanced), and types.

SP LMS 3.4

This filtering comes in 3 different layouts. They are mainly about how you align them. The available layouts are: top, left, and right. Choose any of these layouts according to your site’s design. No matter where you place your filtering system, the mechanism will be the same for both options.

Lesson Topic

A course that showcases all the lessons in a single group can be mundane to the same learners. Instead of that, what if you can add lessons under different topics. Yes, this is what today’s update will enable you to do. As we introduced the lesson topic, now you can segment your lessons and add them under some topics.

119 New Currencies

We have added 119 new currencies so that you can showcase the course price in your desired currencies. Plus, there are options to place the currency sign before or after the amount. No matter where your learners are from, you can showcase course prices in their currency now.

Apart from these features, the SP LMS v3.4 brings you social sharing options for (courses and events) Reddit, Digg, WhatsApp, and VK, an option to disable Google Maps, course meta key & description, and course deadline. Plus, we fixed all known bugs. 

SP LMS v3.4 changelog

Now that you know most of the major changes coming to your beloved eLearning tool, let’s take a quick look at the complete changelog.

  • New: Brand new video player
  • New: Course filtering system with 3 layouts (top, left, and right)
  • New: Option to follow teachers
  • New: Teacher’s education
  • New: 119 new currencies
  • New: Lesson topics
  • New: Option to disable Google Maps
  • New: Social share for courses and events- Reddit, Digg, and VK are the new additions
  • New: Teacher search with skills filter
  • New: Course meta key and meta description
  • New: Course duration/admission deadline
  • New: Teacher's designation
  • New: Teacher's experience
  • New: Currency position option
  • New: Option to disable default styles
  • Update: Improved teacher single page
  • Remove: Video player logo option
  • Fix: Unable to upload lesson attachment
  • Fix: Today's event was showing on the upcoming events list
  • Fix: Course thumbnail will be displayed if the video is not added to the course detail page
  • Fix: Lesson sorting bug
  • Fix: Event start and end time issue
  • Fix: Default active class in the events filter
  • Fix: And, all other known issues

Templates Updated with the Latest SP LMS

Below is the list of the templates that got updated with the SP LMS component. Please update yours if you are using any of the templates below.

  1. Educon - Modern Joomla template for university, college & school
  2. Varsita - Education Joomla template with LMS
  3. Language school - Language institute, club, and coaching Joomla template

It’s time you offer more functionalities to learners on your eLearning site. We are continuously trying to update our products with new, trendy, and useful features. I hope this update is going to enrich your online course site and put a smile on your face. Instructors on your LMS site will have much to showcase on their profiles. So, there’s a lot for everyone involved with your eLearning site. Get the updated SP LMS and stay happy. 

Download SP LMS 3.4

Rayhan Arif

Rayhan Arif

Assistant Vice President, Business Development
Content and web evangelist who loves to discuss life-changing web tools like SP Page Builder & Helix Ultimate, and introduces new templates and helps users have a clear understanding of how they work.
Syed H
Syed H
2 years ago
This looks like a big one. I wish we could get some additional payment gateways added especially the Indian gateways such as PayU, RazorPay, CCAvenue etc.
Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif
2 years ago
Thank you so much for your appreciation. We will take your suggestions to the development team to consider. Please stay in touch.
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ConsultPW
2 years ago
How disappointing! I guess it's because you are all working from home and hope you are all safe and well at Joomshaper. However, I wish you could have told us a few months back that the expected features would NOT be included in the new release. I know that ourselves and a few others have been waiting patiently for a new version with messages saying 'next week' for the past few months.

Many customers made suggestions and back in August 2019 we had a reply saying: "We are working on SPLMS component currently and I assure that you are going to get your requirements and much more."

This is sadly still no more than a template for displaying videos and not really an LMS, so having waited so long for promised features we now have to use another product. Appreciate the circumstances with Covid etc but please communicate more clearly if expectations are not going to be met.
:(
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Hi, sorry to disappoint you but in this update, we have delivered some promising features. We will continue updating of our extensions and Helix framework more frequently from now.

Well, please share your feature requests with us and we will try to deliver the requested features more often from now. In the coming days, you will see more updates on our products.

Thanks
C
ConsultPW
2 years ago
Thanks Kawshar,

Our thoughts ...... hope this helps.

The features you have added do very little to improve the experience of the learner. Basically, it's still watch a video, read some text and do a simple mulitiple choice quiz. That's not really an LMS. Not enough learner inter-action and it lacks the ability to create a measurable 'learning path'. Enhanced 'teacher profiles' is not something that will reatin a student's interest.

Our previous suggestions were:

Allow for course pages/lessons to be created in Pagebuilder to at least add some variety and page the lessons easier to create.

Allow for the display of third-party features such as HP5 output. (At present this can be dome by embedding them in an iframe in the editor but this is not ideal.)

Developing a whole new quiz system would be too much work, but there are very good open source systems that could be intergrated. (Have a look at the one in Chamilo LMS.)

Steps through a course need to be restricted so they are taken in order and tests available only when this is done.

There are some strange requirements like 'Short description' (compulsory info) that appears below the long description but these can be changed with overrides etc.

The problem for us was that back in August 2019 we got a message back saying "I assure that you are going to get your requirements and much more." so we decided to wait rather than have to re-build a new site. The wait was very long with several promises of 'very soon' and 'next week'.

The release this week had none of these features and none of the others that we can see from the blog that other people have been told their suggestions would be included.

Now we have no choice - new site with alternative LMS which is a pity.

Great job with everything else as always - stay safe and well.
Charlotte & Paul
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Hi, thank you for your suggestions. Many features can be added gradually. We planned to start working on the payment system after the release of Helix Ultimate 2.0. Well, after that we can make a list and add new features one by one.

Btw, about the new site, are you using any other Joomla LMS? If not then you can try Tutor LMS ( by Themeum, a JoomShaper wing ) which is one of the fastest-growing WordPress LMS plugin.

Thanks
C
cmfionline
2 years ago
My own disappointment was great as well. I have wondered if Joomla as a CMS is not LMS friendly. I really love to stay with Joomla but have not found any suitable LMS.
Your (partner) Tutor LMS on WP is cool and I am considering migrating (from WP CourseWare LMS) to it but need an importer/migrator so as not to lose my student progress. Could we not have SP LMS like Tutor LMS?
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
We have a migrator that migrates from LearnDash and LearnPress. We will add more in the future. That plugin is under aggressive development.

Thanks
C
cmfionline
2 years ago
I have already started some work with TutorLMS. I cannot start a new system afresh. I have already closed to 2000 students on my course using WP Courseware plugin. If you can speedup a migrator from this plugin to TutorLMS, it will be most appreciated.
Best,
S
stefano
2 years ago
Hi,

Where bugs in cart (courses remained in the cart even after being purchased) and paypal/credit card payment (payment transactions were completed, but customers did not manage to access to purchased courses) fixed?

Thanks, kind regards,

Stefano Castiglione
Rayhan Arif
Rayhan Arif
2 years ago
Hi Stefano Castiglione! Please post your issues on our Support Forum. Thanks for your comment.
Dmitry Goncharov
Dmitry Goncharov
2 years ago
Not a good solution for an online school
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Hi, what kind of features are you expecting?

Thanks
Dmitry Goncharov
Dmitry Goncharov
2 years ago
1. Protection video from download. If not for video hosting, then for mp4 uploaded directly to your server. Implement via encryption or frame-by-frame video playback. The issue of content protection is very relevant.

2. Make a pin code generator for automatic distribution to the user after payment. After registering on the site and entering the pin code. The user falls into a certain group, which accordingly has access to their lessons according to the tariff plan.
Ximware
Ximware
2 years ago
SP LMS only works fine with YouTube or Vimeo. For example: If you have content in Amazon S3 or Space from Digital Ocean, the videos and images don't load correctly.

Other: When you try to attach an external image (from Digital Ocean Space) into 'image' parameter to course or lesson using Joomla file uploader, the component no show the image. For example, check this image: https://xstatic.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/ximware/courses/test_course/SP-LMS.jpg and you try to adding to course or lesson.
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
It supports YouTube, Vimeo, and mp4 videos that are directly accessible.

Thanks
Ximware
Ximware
2 years ago
Yes, that's the problem! It ONLY supports YouTube and Vimeo well.

Cannot use from external content.

"Other: When you try to attach an external image (from Digital Ocean Space) into 'image' parameter to course or lesson using Joomla file uploader, the component no show the image. For example, check this image: https://xstatic.nyc3.cdn.digitaloceanspaces.com/ximware/courses/test_course/SP-LMS.jpg and you try to adding to course or lesson." :(
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Are you talking about the image or external video? I think external video works but an external image may cause problem but we can fix it.

Thanks
Scherpereel  Corine
Scherpereel Corine
2 years ago
There is no UPDATE in Joomla for SP LMS
so I have to download and install new ?
what about my activity ?

I need to be able to give access to video on live with Twitch ? what about ?
Thanks a lot ?
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
You can download and install to update. Please keep backup of your site before updating. Anything can go wrong as it's a major update.

Thanks
V
Victor
2 years ago
It could be better if it has some front-end management options.
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Thank you for your suggestions :)
Pavel
Pavel
2 years ago
Hi guys. If you want to create a really good LMS, you need a consultant - a real online teacher with many years of experience.
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Please share your thoughts and let us see how far are we now.

Thank you.
Pavel
Pavel
2 years ago
Hi. I'm sorry, but that's too much, that would describe. I tried Sp LMS and it did not satisfy my needs. Of course, for some simple linear training is suitable.

If it is short. I am creating an online schools using Cobalt, Sp Page Builder, Emerald, Acymailing. All controls such as adding categories, courses, lessons, prices, access via user friendly frontend interface. That is a very good UX and does not require the user to have a deep knowledge of Joomla and components.
This is cumbersome, but is flexible and allows me to solve all the problems.
S
ssnobben
2 years ago
Why dont you use Joomla power and build this with Joomla component builder ? In a fraction of time you can have your own frameworks built and use for all your different "extensions" that you can sell or package for users.. https://www.joomlacomponentbuilder.com/ seems that Joomla 3pds doesnt understand how they can use JCB really :x
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
Component builder is not a problem. As we said, we will be able to release more updates in the coming future. We are hiring a few more developers.

Thanks
A
Adam
2 years ago
Have been waiting so long for an update on your LMS.
Still no page builder to create lessons.
Need drip feed of lessons
And really need a good quiz builder.

You know what we want with tutorLMS
Why can’t you give us the same in Joomla?
Kawshar Ahmed
Kawshar Ahmed
2 years ago
1. I am afraid that Page Builder's support will be available soon.
2. Tutor LMS is a very fast growing plugin. You can consider using that.
3. SP LMS will get more frequent updates in the coming months.

Thanks
burn.hard
burn.hard
2 years ago
Hi, maybe I missed it, but so far I could not find how to limit the number of participants for an event.

Thanks
B
BenL
2 years ago
Glad to see that LMS will be get more frequent updates:

for 3.4. im found quite important bug, because select category dont work properly for menu, if you chose only one category to view, on courses page you will see all from mixed category with some duplicated courses too - i dont know if only i have this bug :(

also for next releases it be good to choose 12/24 time format and start and end date for events - every time when i update lms i need ask support or change code by own to get this.

also i notice when i want put curses list to menu using module SP LMS Courser - Module to display latest item from SP LMS - its never shows latest one, but always oldest one so idea of this feature its not working.

hope it will be fix or improved in future...

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