ELMS Terminology

Catalog Item

Formerly referred to as a "course," it describes a training offering, e.g., Time Management, but does not provide a specific date and time

Learning Activity

A specific instance of a training offering, formerly referred to as a class (e.g., Time Management delivered on Monday, September 15th, from 8:30 - 12:00)

Note: You ENROLL for Learning Activities, and REGISTER for Programs.

Delivery Method Type

Type refers to the method in which the learning activity is delivered, e.g.,

  • Classroom (or instructor-led)
  • Online
  • Webinar

Programs (2 types)

  1. Curriculum (program)
  • Set of catalog items (courses)
  • No deadline for completion
  • No expiration date

An example of a curriculum program would be the Manager Development Program offered by Learning Services.

  1. Certification (program)
  • One or more catalog items (courses)
  • Completion deadline
  • Expires (validity period)

An example of a Certification Program would be any required training that must be repeated in order for you to remain certified or the training to be considered valid, e.g., Defensive Driving, safety training, CPR. Note: You ENROLL for Learning Activities, and REGISTER for Programs.

Lesson Components

Lesson components refer to any and all modules that make up a learning activity, e.g.,

  • Session (classroom)
  • Online (module)
  • Survey
  • Test

Learning Plan

A Learning Plan is a list of catalog items that you plan to take.  You might design this plan as part of your development planning for the year.


 Status indicates the current status of your learning activity. Status types include:

  • Enrolled: You are enrolled for an upcoming activity.
  • Dropped: You were enrolled in a learning activity, but dropped the enrollment prior to attending.
  • Registered: You have registered for a program (curriculum or certification).  Note: Once you register for a program, you must still enroll in each activity within the program.
  • In-Progress: You have started an activity or program but have not completed it, e.g., began an on-line course, but have not yet finished it.
  • Completed: You have satisfactorily completed the activity.
  • Not Completed: You did not complete the activity successfully (e.g., did not show up for the activity, left the activity before it was concluded, etc.)

Certification Status

Certification Status indicates the status of your certification.  Certification status includes:

  • Certified: You have passed your required training and are still within the period of time for which it is valid.
  • Warning: Your certification period is about to come to an end (e.g., you will lose your certification in the next 30, 60, or 90 days).
  • Expired: Your certification period ended and you have not taken and/or passed the training that is required to continue your certification.