In real estate, agents and brokers need to invest time in education to be successful. Every state requires a licensing course to be completed to become an agent.
For Erick French, this requirement became an opportunity.
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When Erick’s associate Joice Fairchild took a real estate course, she had a terrible experience. Joice felt that Erick and she could certainly do a much better job with providing similar courses.
With Joice’s experience in teaching and brokerage, and Erick’s technical expertise, they knew they could build a competitive service to address this niche.
They founded ACRE Real Estate School in 2013.
Initially, not everything was as smooth as expected. They started out by developing and programming their own education system. But this turned out to be expensive and time consuming.
They then turned to Moodle.
Moodle as the LMS of Choice
Considering the task at hand, they were on the lookout for a Learning Management System that would simplify the setup and would be effortless to manage. They finalised on Moodle.
“Moodle is a free education platform that is well supported and continuously updated”, says Erick.
They found Moodle to be powerful and easy to use. The set up was quick, despite some minor navigation hurdles. The functionality Moodle provided facilitated their management of complex features.
To sell their online courses, they had programmed their own e-commerce cart.
When asked about their reasons to migrate e-commerce to WordPress, Erick replied, “We wanted to replace our in house programmed cart with a cart that has more features and is more user friendly. WordPress has helped us by presenting a more professional buyer experience.”
Bridging Moodle and WordPress
When WordPress was brought into the picture, Erick looked to add a plugin that would integrate WordPress and Moodle.
“We searched everywhere for plugins that worked with Moodle. We tried a plugin but it did not work quite as well.”
Edwiser Bridge fit the bill.
“Edwiser Bridge was easier to set up than the other options. Continuous improvements and updates with WordPress and WooCommerce were crucial to us.”
But what truly impressed Erick was the support the plugin provided. He rates it a solid 5 on 5! 😀
“Edwiser Bridge support is better than 90% of the other WordPress plugins.”
Over the years, ACRE Real Estate School has become a prominent institution in Colorado that teaches students introductory courses to get a real estate broker license.
The usefulness of e-learning to prepare for a real estate license is a blessing for aspirants with a busy schedule.
Erick has great plans to improve the website. He’s currently working on enriching the content to benefit student learning.
“We are coming out with professionally produced video lessons which are short and easy for our students to understand.”
Erick, we wish you luck for your ventures! We’ll stay tuned to hear a lot more from ACRE. 🙂