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    Welcome to the GRID3 Learning Management System (LMS)

    What is an LMS?

    A Learning Management System can appear to be simply a website displaying a range of informative content. However, this simple interface masks an extensive range of learning and media resources,  applications and methods which optimise this website into a comprehensive learning platform, or as some describe it a 'virtual college.' 

      • Learning Management System definition: “ The best way to imagine a learning management system is to think of it as a vast website, that only those people with a log-in will be able to access. Within this ‘gated’ website you can provide interaction with your students in two modes: online or blended. Online learning is similar to distance education provided by organisations like the Open University where students are based off campus and interact with tutors and other learners asynchronously. Blended learning is where teachers and students meet physically, but the LMS is used to support learning by providing a space where materials can be stored and organised, assessments can be given, and students and teachers can interact using blogs, forums, and so on.” (https://www.webanywhere.com/2018/06/20/what-is-a-learning-management-system-lms/)

    The GRID3 LMS is built on Moodle, an open source software code package. Find out more about Moodle in the section below, which provides links to a wide range of resources, help and support.

    How does a learner use this LMS?

    When embarking on a training programme, a learner is keen to get going, therefore rapid orientation around the LMS is vital. Here is a typical route into the learning features of the LMS:

      • Go to your Dashboard (the link is always in the top-left of your screen)
      • Locate your Programme Information Page (the title begins with "GRID3 Online Training Programme:..." )
      • Use this page to access individual courses and content, post a message to their group forum, pick up news and announcements, or check details and links to live webinars (if these are included in your programme)
      • Visit a Course Page - each page provides a range of downloadable learning materials (presentations, practical exercises, training data and videos) as well as course assessments 

    More details on each of these key elements of the LMS is provided in the sections below.

    Copyright and data usage

    The copyright and intellectual property for all course and training materials are reserved by Flowminder and their GRID3 Partners. Please cite: © 2020 GRID3; grid3.org

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    Some materials and concepts are adapted from training materials provided by Synergy Learning, these are clearly identified. This page was compiled by Mark Dover and Graeme Hornby, from the GRID3 Training team.

  • In GRID3 , we use the term Course to refer to a discrete series of tasks and information, to build competancy in a specfic topic (primarily related to the use and application of GRID3 and related spatial data). Courses are practical in nature and provide instruction on a specific software packages (e.g. GIS) or a web-based application. A course will contain all content, exercises and any assignments for students to meet their learning objectives. Each course is a standalone lesson, which could be studied in isolation from any other.  An example of a GRID3 course is B002: Georeferencing Paper Maps in QGIS.

    "Courses are the spaces on Moodle where teachers  add learning materials and activities for their students. Courses may be created by admins , course creators  or  managers. Teachers can then add the content and re-organise them according to their own needs." ( https://docs.moodle.org/39/en/Courses)

    For a quick summary of GRID3 courses currently available, see the Training Catalogue.
    Your 'Programme Information Page'Your learning group (i.e. your 'Class')