ELIS Glossary

ELIS Glossary

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

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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


Business Intelligence

Business intelligence (BI) mainly refers to computer-based techniques used in identifying, extracting,and analyzing business data, such as sales revenueby products and/or departments, or by associated costs and incomes. More information.



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.


Contexts in ELIS are different spaces where you can perform various tasks and where users can have various roles, for instance curricula, tracks, courses, classes, clusters, and users are all ELIS Contexts.


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 comma-separated values (CSV) file is used for the digital storage of data structured in a table of lists form, where each associated item (member) in a group is in association with others also separated by the commas of its set. Each line in the CSV file corresponds to a row in the table. Within a line, fields are separated by commas, each field belonging to one table column. Since it is a common and simple file format, CSV files are often used for moving tabular data between two different computer programs, for example between a database program and a spreadsheet program.

Most SIS, ERP, and HR systems can export and import data in CSV format, and the ability to automate the processing of CSV files is widely distributed, making it often the simplest way of moving data between systems.


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.

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