Transition From Folders to Learning Paths

Applicable to: iSpring Learn

Earlier versions of iSpring Learn LMS didn’t have the Learning Path feature, which combines learning courses in a compound course. Instead, folders were used to assign sets of materials to learners. However, this approach had a number of disadvantages, so we recommend that everyone who still shares/assigns folders in iSpring Learn switch to Learning Paths.

This doesn’t apply to you if you started a new account recently that already had Learning Paths. This article should help previous users of Learn to switch from older teaching methods to new ones.

It takes just a few simple steps to convert your folder to a modern Learning Path.

Create a Learning Path and import all courses from your folder

  1. Log in to your iSpring Learn account as an Administrator.

  2. Select Content on the left pane.

  3. Create a Learning Path by clicking the green Add Course > Add Learning Path button on the upper right corner (name it as your folder).

  4. Click Add Chapter and name it.

  5. Click the Add Courses to Chapter button.

Import all courses to Learning Path

Open the folder iSpring training and add all course items to your Learning Path one by one. Then click Add Courses.

Almost done. Now let’s copy permissions from your folder to the newly created Learning Path.

Copy permissions

  1. 1

    Go back to the Content List.

  2. 2

    Select the Learning Path and click Manage on the actions panel over the top.

  3. 3

    Select the Permissions tab and click Change.

  4. 4

    Click Copy Permissions.

  5. 5

    Select the original folder you want to copy permissions from and then click Copy.

  6. 6

    Now, remove the Permissions from this folder so as not to duplicate the Learning Path.

That’s all you need to do to turn a folder into the Learning Path. Now you can assign it to users and start teaching. You can still use this folder to store these content items.


Some of the benefits of using Learning Path: strict or flexible order of selection learning courses, rules to complete chapters, a certificate after completing the whole path, e-Commerce options, etc.

Folders still can be used by administrators and teachers to structure the common repository with your courses, e.g., you can distribute courses to folders according to their fields of study or years.