Once you have created a course and package you would like to charge learners for, you will need to create an MC Professional form to collect payments and grant learners the appropriate permission within the Classroom Classroom to access their newly purchased course(s). In order to do so you will need to complete the following:
- Create a unique group in MC Professional that will be used for each course
- Create a MC Professional form and tie Course selection to new group
- Create corresponding group in Classroom
- Add the group to the Classroom Package
- Update your Classroom Course with a link to the newly created MC Professional Form
Not in the mood to read? Watch our overview video below that covers all the steps detailed in this guide!
Create an MC Professional Group
The first step to permission Classroom Classroom content for unique learners is to create a Group for each Classroom package in MC Professional. This will allow only learners in this group to access the course.
1. In MC Professional, navigate to Database > Groups
2. Click the Add button in the top left-hand corner.
3. Give the Group a name, then click Save.
The next step will be creating an MC Professional Form for Learners to complete.
Create an MC Professional Form
Once you have your Classroom Package and Group, the next step is to create (or copy an existing) MC Professional form for learners to complete. This will allow you to collect payment for course registration as well as put learners in the new Group so they can access the course.
Please review our full MC Professional Form documentation here.
Once you have your general Form completed, there are five important steps for linking the form to an Classroom Package/Course:
- You need an Event or General section with a selection set
- Add your Classroom Package as a selection, and tie it to the new group you have created
- Update the Form Confirmation page to include a link to the Classroom Package
- Update the Form Confirmation Email with the same link to the Classroom Package
- Update the course description in the Classroom with a link to your form in MC Professional
Create the Form Section and Selection Set
After form creation, you must add the form section and selection set.
Add an Event or General Section via Add Form Elements > Presentation
Add your Selection Set via Add Form Elements > Form Fields
Update the Selection Properties paying attention to the following important notes (see Form documentation for full feature explanation)
Enable selections to dictate a form taker's group: This toggle must be turned on so that learners who choose the form selection will be added to the group.
Once you have ensured the toggle is ON to enable selections to dictate a form taker's group, you must add that selection to the appropriate group in this modal by clicking the "Add Selections, Option Limits, & Base Prices" button. This is also where you will name the selection option and assign pricing.
In the next screen that opens, you will name the selection, assign pricing (if applicable), and assign a group to that selection from the dropdown. Doing this will ensure that when a form taker selects this exact item, upon form submission, the form taker will be added to that group in the system automatically.
Update the Form Confirmation page with link to Course
After learners have completed the form, you'll want to provide a link to the Classroom course so they can effortlessly access the course they just purchased or registered for.
Scroll to the bottom of the form, and click the Confirmation Page Text Box
Ensure the Element is enabled, and then click Edit Confirmation Page
Find your link and insert into your confirmations
Update the text to include a link to the Classroom Course plus "?login=force" at the end using the hyperlink button.
The easiest way to find the link is to open another window and navigate to the Classroom course page you are building the form for and simply copy the URL add add "?login=force" at the end. Make sure you navigate to and grab the link from the user side, not the admin side!
Click into any of your courses from the front end like below:
Then make note of the URL once you have clicked into that course:
So for the example above, https://art5.mcclassroom.net/en/package/298/course/320/view would be https://art5.mcclassroom.net/en/package/298/course/320/view?login=force when you update the MC Professional Form. The "?login=force" will ensure the learner is automatically logged into the Classroom to access the course they have purchased. When you have created this link and added it as a hyperlink on your confirmation page, click Save.
To Note: The above will only work if a user possesses both a Username and a Password. If a user does not possess one or the other, login can't be forced, as they don't possess the credentials necessary to login.
Update the Form Confirmation Email with link to Course
In addition to the Form Confirmation Page, it is best practice to add the package link to the confirmation email as well.
Click the Properties tab on the Confirmation section of the form.
Ensure the Confirmation Email toggle is enabled, and click Edit Confirmation Email
Update the text to include the same link you just used for your confirmation page to the Classroom Course using the hyperlink button and click Save
Create corresponding Group in Classroom
Once your Package is complete, the MC Professional Group has been created, and a MC Professional Form has been built you will need to create the Group in Classroom.
Access the Group page in Classroom via Groups > Group Management
Click Add Group in the upper right corner
Enter the Group Title. Be sure to spell the name exactly the same as it is in MC Professional.
Enter a Group Description if desired, ensure the "visibility" check box is selected, and click Save. When "Visibility" is selected, and the Group is assigned to a package, only users in that group will be able to access the content of the package.
Add the Group to the corresponding Classroom Packages
After you have created the Classroom Group, you will want to add it to all relevant packages.
Access the Packages List via Store > Packages
Click the Blue Arrow next to the Package you wish to add the Group to
Add the Group by clicking the "Add to Group" button:
And from the dropdown that appears, selecting the appropriate group:
Ensure the "Summary visible for all" button is selected. This will ensure that everyone can see the package, but only those in the Group will be able to access the content
And click Save when you're done!
Update the Classroom Course with link to MC Professional Form
The final step is to update the Course with a link to the MC Professional Form. This will allow members or prospects to access the form after viewing the Course in the Classroom
Access your course in Classroom via Learning Center > Courses
Click the Blue Action Pencil icon for the Course you are configuring
Update the Long Description of the Course to include a link to the MC Professional Form using the insert link icon. You can grab the link to your form by navigating to that form in MC Professional, and clicking the "Copy URL" button.
Learners should now be able to view the course, click the link to the form, complete the form, click the link in the confirmation page or email to take them to that course, login to the Classroom and begin the course!