ELIS 1.9 Manual

Overview of Terms

overview of terms Course:
A course definition. This “Course” refers to an ELIS course, which is a written description of what will be learned. Users are not enrolled in courses, rather they are enrolled in classes. There may be several instances of a course. For example, the course Biology 101, might have four classes: Fall 09, Winter 09, Spring 09, Summer 09.

Class:
An instance of a course. The class is where the “learning” takes place. Classes can be associated or connected with Moodle courses or can be a record keeping and reporting tool for face-to-face courses which have no online component.

Definition of a curriculum: A curriculum in ELIS is a series or group of courses. Often these are termed Learning Paths, Programs of Study, etc. Basically it is a set of linked courses. For instance, a student might have to take a series of courses to get a certificate, or to meet the requirements of a particular degree program. Curricula are sets of courses that are independent from a given date or set of users. Courses may be in more than one curriculum. In ELIS we use Learning Tracks to specify dates and users in a curriculum.

Definition of a track:
A track is a given instance of a curriculum - the set of courses of the curriculum that are given on a particular schedule. Tracks are used to manage enrollments, start and end times, reports, etc.

Example: MyUniversity.edu has a Curriculum that leads to a certificate in online teaching. Each year, a new track is created with the classes of the curriculum that will be taught that year.

In this example, a Curriculum leading to an online teaching certificate is comprised of 3 courses. In the 2009-2010 academic year, a track of this curriculum is created, with specific classes leading to a specific degree for that year.

curriculum and track

The curriculum is the overall description of the course of study that results in a certificate - for example it is what an institution might publish in a catelog. A track of a curriculum is the specific courses a student might sign up for for a particular period of time. Other uses of tracks in a non-traditional settings would be to version the course content in a rolling enrollment system.


Summary:
Courses are added to a Curriculum to build a learning path, program of study, etc. Classes are the instance of a course that is being taught at a given time, date, with a given set of students, etc.