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ECommerce Module

What this module provides:

  • Pay course fees.
  • Grant access to courses when course fees are paid
  • Maintain payment records

Download ATutor Payments Module

ATutor Payments Module Readme

##This module is intended for use with ATutor 1.5.4+, though it should work with

    1. earlier versions except for the admin enrollment functions, which were added in 1.5.4.

This module allows for payment of course fees, and automated enrollment when payments are recieved. It can be used with one (and only one at a time) of the following payment gateways.

Payment Gateways Supported
It is currently setup to run with the MiraPay credit card processing service: https://ws1.eigendev.com/mira/

Or

It can be used with your PayPal account https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr

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MiraPay Test Account
#A test account is available. Enter the following information into the admin payments settings screen. You will need to setup a proper merchant account with Mirapay to actually use the system for collecting your own payments, but to test the module the test account works well enough. MiraPay has the advantage over PayPal of not requiring the customer to have an account on their system.

Test Location: https://www3.eigendev.com/mirapay/secure_credit.php

Test Vendor ID:
e911ca205ec7c2a9436af9102c497fd4

Test Password:
test

  1. Use the following credit card info to make fake payments through the test account.

Test Credit Card #
4444333322221111

Test Expiry Date
2222

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PayPal Merchant Account Setup
See the details for setting up a PayPal account at: http://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_merchant-outside

The ATutor Payments module is written to run with PayPal "Buy Now Buttons" which allows customers to purchase one item at a time, in the case of ATutor, a single course at a time. Note that payees will have to setup their own PayPal customer account before they can make payments through PayPal. Also note that after a payment is made through PayPal, there is a 10 second delay befpre the payee is redirected back to ATutor, and the payments tabe updated with the transaction ID from PayPal. If a users decides to go off to some other web site before being redirected back to ATutor, the payments table will not be updated. In such a case to admin, or the instructor of a course if instructors are given payment management privileges, will need to manually update the payments table, and if auto enroll is turned on, also update the enrolment for the course, manually enrolling the person in the course. This problem is less likely to occur when using MiraPay, which automatically redirectls back to ATutor without any delay during which the users can go off somewhere else on the Internet.

Once you have your paypal account setup, enter the URL to the PayPal Credit Card processing in the Payments>Settings screen, followed theVendor ID (leave the password field empty)

PayPal Location
(for production) https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr
or
(for testing) https://www.sandbox.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr

See details on setting up a sandbox for testing the modules at: https://www.paypal.com/en_US/ebook/PP_Sandbox_UserGuide/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm

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Installation & Setup
1. Unpack the downloaded module into the ATutor mods directory. This will create an ecomm/ directory which contains all the module files.

2. As the ATutor administrator, under the Modules tab choose Install Module, and choose the Payments module from the list of available modules. If you do not see the module available, make sure you have unpacked it into to right place ( /ATutor/mods/ecomm/)

3. After installed, on the main admin modules screen enable the module.

4. Once enabled, go to the admin's Payments tab and enter the Test information listed above into the appropriate fields, along with the currency and curreny symbol, and save those setting.

5.Optionally, the admin can enter a mailing address to which cheques can be sent, if that is to be one of the payment method. Leave this field empty to disabled cheques as a method of payment.

6. Optionally, the admin can allow instructors to manage their own payments by selecting the associated checkbox in the payments settings.

7. Optionally, the administrator can receive an email notification when new payments are made by selecting the associated checkbox in the payments settings

How the module works
Payments are course fees associated with an enrollment in a Private course. When a student attempts to enroll in a private course that has a fee associated with it, an entry will be added to the student's Payments screen, accessed through a tab in MyStart page. If the student clicks on Make Payment, and confirms the information as correct, they are redirectled to the secure payment site, where they enter their visa or master card number (availability of either depending on what the merchant account supports), and submit the payment. Just before being redirected to the secure site the information entered by the student is stored in the ec_shop table in ATutor, and it is updated when the payment service has confirmed the payment. Payments that have been completed will be updated with a confirmation code from the payment gateway.

If the course has been set to auto-enroll students, they will immediately be given access to the course. If manual enrollment is set, they will receive a notice of their pending enrolment, which the instructor, or administrator must approve.

Administrators can manage individual course payments and settings by logging into a specific course, then managing the course payment settings as describe below for Instructors.

If instrutors are allowed to manage their payments, set by the administrator in step 6 above, they can access Payments through the Manage screen, where they can set the price for the course, and set whether to auto-enroll students, and whether to send an email to the instructor when a payment has been received. These settings are saved in the ec_course_fees table.

To make a payment students must first click on Enter Course in the Browse Course listing, then choose to enroll in the course. Then under the Payments Tab, click on Make Payment next to the course that is pending enrollment.

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