As the subject says it all, the integration of eLearning and eCommerce platforms enables bringing in the capabilities of both the platforms together in action. It could help an eCommerce business add eLearning Courses on to their business line, or an eLearning Content creators do more with their content by selling eLearning Courses online by themselves or through a eLearning Marketplace, directly to the Learners (B2C) or to the Businesses (B2B).
Is it just about the LMS and Payment Gateway Integration?
Just to be clear, the eCommerce eLearning integration is not just about the LMS and Payment Integration or LMS and Payment Gateway Integration. It is much more to that. If it is just about the Payment Gateway integration, most probably your LMS platform would be the front end with a Payment Gateway integration accomplished with a Plugin or Extension. For example Moodle integration with PayPal or Stripe or Authorize.Net is possible which allows to sell Courses hosted on Moodle. Here the Course Enrolment is linked to the Payment process. Thus Moodle Paypal Integration or Moodle Stripe Integration enables payment from the Moodle LMS Platform. If the requirement is just about linking LMS Courses to the Payment, this would just suffice.
How better is LMS eCommerce integration compared to LMS Payment Gateway integration?
The LMS eCommerce integration accomplishes / can accomplish much more than the LMS and Payment Integration. With eCommerce serving as a frontend, the eCommerce LMS integration brings in the full eCommerce platform capabilities to the LMS. LMS Courses are hosted as Products on the eCommerce platform (by the capabilities of the integration used) just like any other products. For example with Magento 2 or WooCommerce, there are multiple product types that can be listed and sold – Physical, Digital and Virtual etc to classify at a very high level, and now with the Magento LMS integration or the WooCommerce LMS integration, the LMS courses can be synced on to the respective eCommerce platform as Virtual Products (and a price tag may be attached). The Learner may purchase these courses on the eCommerce side and gets registered and enrolled to the said course on the LMS side. Single Sign On or SSO between the LMS and eCommerce platform can be an additional capability that makes the overall integration complete and seamless. To illustrate, the Course on the Moodle LMS platform be sold with WooCommerce Moodle Integration or Magento 2 and Moodle.
Integration with various possibilities and implementations of Course Sync and User Sync. The integration of Moodle and Magento or the Integration of Moodle and WooCommerce are apt examples of building a complete Online Training platform on OpenSource Technology stack. There could be other possibilities of integration of Moodle with OpenSource eCommerce platform or integration of Magento or WooCommerce with other popular LMS Platforms. SSO between Moodle and, Magento or WooCommerce enables login from any one platform and access both the systems.
What makes the LMS Shopping Cart Integration complete?
The integration of Shopping Cart and LMS is said to be complete only when it all looks seamless for the Administrator or the Learner, to reword it should look like and function like a single platform. The less the Administration works would be to sync the data between the LMS and eCommerce systems, and the less the number of steps required for the Learner to enrol and consume the Course Content, the better the integration considered to be.
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