Sensei LMS Overview
Sensei LMS (Sensei) is an open-source Learning Management System (LMS) for WordPress that is owned by Automattic.
Using Sensei, you’ll be able to create courses and lesson pages like you see below:
Sensei provides structure to your courses by organizing your content into Courses, Modules, and Lessons.
You can also quiz your members using the built-in quizzing function. With advanced progress tracking, enrollment functionality, and quizzing, Sensei is a capable alternative to LearnDash and LifterLMS (two other LMSs that Memberium integrates with).
Memberium Integration Overview
Sensei by itself is a great tool you can use, but it doesn’t offer any integration with ActiveCampaign. Pairing Sensei and Memberium, you can do the following:
- Automated Course Enrollment
- Course/Lesson access controlled by ActiveCampaign tags
- Apply tags in ActiveCampaign when a course is completed
- Apply tags in ActiveCampaign when a lesson has been completed
Keep reading for details into each of these.
Sensei Course and Lesson Access
Sensei courses and lessons can use the full set of Memberium access controls. The Memberium Content Protection Metabox enables you to control access at both the course and lesson levels based on tags, membership levels, and more.
Use this setting on the course page to protect the entire course including all of its modules and lessons. Modules and lessons will inherit the protections set on the course page, so you don’t need to protect each one individually.
Automated Course Enrollment
Setting this up is super simple. Just find the “Sensei Memberium Integration” box on the course page and in the first box “AutoEnroll Tags” just input the tag or tags that you’d like to use for auto-enrollment. Usually, this will be the tag from a membership level you’re using to protect the course, but it could be something different.
Keep in mind that members will need to be enrolled and also have the necessary tags/memberships from the Content Protection Metabox.
Sensei Course and Lesson Completion
Once a member completes a course or lesson, you can apply tags to the member in ActiveCampaign or run an ActiveCampaign automation. You could use this feature to:
- Track course completion in ActiveCampaign based on tags
- Setup an automated reminder campaign that sends an email if they don’t complete a lesson every few days
- Trigger a campaign on course completion that tries to sell the member another course on your site
These are just some basic examples of how you can leverage ActiveCampaign’s automation capabilities using Memberium and Sensei.
Memberium doesn’t affect or impact the design/front-end experience your members will see. Sensei provides a clean, modern layout for your members to interact with your course by default. You can use CSS to change the layout Sensei provides.
One thing we found in our testing was that you’ll want to set up modules in your courses. Modules contain lessons and group them together. If you don’t use modules and just add lessons to a course without grouping them, your course will look like it does below (top). Using modules, you’ll get a result like the bottom image.
To set up modules, simply go to the courses tab and click “Modules”. From there, you’ll be able to create modules and assign them to specific courses.
With your modules created, you can assign lessons to the modules on each individual lesson page:
Pricing, Support, and Final Thoughts
Sensei provides many options for site owners wanting to offer a more advanced learning experience for their members.
Pricing for Sensei is simple. The core plugin, which includes most of the features you need, is 100% free. There are paid extensions that add additional capabilities.
To install Sensei, you can go into your WordPress admin dashboard, Plugins, Add New, and search “Sensei”:
Lastly, how do you get support for Sensei LMS? If you have a question about the core plugin that’s free, support is done by opening a thread on the WordPress repository page. The paid extensions offer access to a dedicated support team. More details about this can be found here.