Why I built Lunchbox: a video course LMS plugin for WordPress

Why I built Lunchbox: a video course LMS plugin for WordPress



Online courses are everywhere these days, and for good reason; college tuition is outrageous, each individual learns at his or her own pace, and there are plenty of experts willing to make their knowledge available to you using the same tools that you’re exposed to in a university classroom.

I learned to code entirely online. Since I’ve picked up this skill set, I haven’t made much use of my bachelor’s degree in film. But, I’ve somehow made a living for myself that far exceeds what I’d be capable of using only my formal training.

There is certainly no shortage of WordPress LMS plugins and platforms to run a course online. I can think of at least 10 different ones just off the top of my head.

LMS plugin for WordPress

But, I decided to build Lunchbox, my own video course plugin for WordPress, anyway. Here’s why.

Education is Valuable Equity

Trends of online learning are only going to continue to rise. Immediate access to learning how to do anything that you want is always going to win. I also love to teach, so I wanted to have a tool available to me that would make it easy to present my material in the best way that I see fit.

I often talk about building stuff that you’d use and making sure that the projects that you are working on fit your personal goals. I think that having an educational tool as my main project falls in line with my passion for lifelong teaching and learning.

We needed a better self-hosted LMS option

The WordPress ecosystem has a lot of competition in the LMS plugin space. However, many of the available options present lessons as a static article, leaving it up to the teacher to design their lesson and providing few additions for an effective learning experience.

I believe that video is a very powerful medium for learning and teaching, and I wanted a platform that treated it that way.

Lunchbox implements many features that help enhance the student learning experience, including:

  • Auto-advancing lessons which are marked as complete when the video ends.
  • A full-screen video player, akin to what you would see on Netflix or Amazon.
  • built with modern javascript, React, and Redux, the same tech used by companies like Facebook and Airbnb.

Lunchbox is available now

I am currently powering my own video courses at https://learn.davekiss.com using the Lunchbox player and it is working great. I’d invite you to check it out to see if it is a good fit for your needs. You can find my new WordPress course plugin at https://wplunchbox.com

Thanks to my buddy Nick Campbell for inspiration on the name 🙂

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