ELIS Glossary

ELIS Glossary

This glossary contains explanations of terms and concepts related to ELIS.

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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.


Site wide (organizational) groups. Organizational clusters can be used to assign users to curricula as well as for reporting, notification, and user management purposes. Users can be assigned to clusters manually or automatically populated by keying off of custom profile fields.

More information about ELIS Organizational clusters.


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.

Course Completion Element

A learning activity contained within a course, which can be tracked and reported on. Completion elements can be required or optional and can be associated with Moodle course activities.

Course Template

A master course within Moodle. Templates can be used with Tracks to automatically create new Moodle course instances.


A series or group of courses. Can also be thought of as a learning program. Users can be assigned to curricula individually or via tracks and clusters. Courses can be included in more than one curricula.

Curriculum Management

The curriculum management system in ELIS was created from scratch by the developers at Remote-Learner in response to client needs. The features in the curriculum management allow for defining online, classroom, and on the job training, create learning tracks for individuals and site wide groups (clusters), setting prerequisite and co-requisite course enrollment rules, and easily adding and deleting class instances within a curriculum.


An instance of a curriculum. Tracks can be used to assign users to curricula, automatically create ELIS classes and Moodle courses, and for reporting purposes.


Alfresco Document Managment

This content repository integrated into ELIS gives the user the ability to share site files, course files and user files. Business rules can be created and applied to documents uploaded into the system. Provides secure file storage using permissions system. Alfresco is an open source software application.

Alfresco reduces your ECM costs by up to 96% compared to proprietary systems like Documentum, Open Text and SharePoint. It’s as simple to use as a shared drive or SharePoint and does not lock you in to a proprietary stack.

Open Source Enterprise Content Management System (CMS) by Alfresco



Through the Notifications system, automatic emails can be sent for a variety of purposes including course enrollments, course and curriculum completion, student non-participation, class non-start, class and curriculum ending notifications, and more. Notifications can be sent to administrators, teachers and/or students as appropriate for the notification.

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