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Online Training Glossary

In this online training glossary you will find explanations of eLearning terms.
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The term “academy” refers to a trainer’s or company’s personal online training plattform. Courses created or invited to are assembled here. An academy is accessible for invited members (e.g. employees, partners, customers) after login. Next to the courses enrolled in or invited to, relevant information about the company and training purposes are gathered in the academy, usually in the academy pages. An academy is the entrance and continuous framework for trainings, it is therefore often branded in a company’s personal style (including logo and company colours).

Academy pages

Academy pages are an additional spot to provide information within an online academy. Popular examples are guidelines, learning tips and a roster of trainees. Academy pages are accessible throughout the training, regardless of learning progress or courses enrolled to. In Coursepath, academy pages are fully customizable.


Most courses in online training conclude with a certification. Results from questions in the course are reported in course statistics and optionally in certificates. Background images and certificate text are customizable in Coursepath. Participants can download certificates after passing with a certain score.


iframes are codes that allow embedding content from other sites, such as YouTube or SlideShare. All you need to do, is copy the iframe code and paste it into your academy. To do so, go to the WYSIWYG-editor and click on the “embed” button and paste the code there.

Likert Scale

Scale – or Likert scale – questions are a frequently used assessment tool for social research. In Online Training, they are usually used for evaluating courses. Unlike single or multiple choice questions, Likert Scale questions do not have a right or wrong answer.

LMS – Learning Management System

A Learning Management System is a learning platform in the internet or in the intranet. With an LMS it is possible to organize and provide learning content for users, track learning progress and access reporting. Such a platform also allows users to interact with each other.

LMS like Coursepath offer an integrated authoring tool with which you can create learning content directly from within the system. A WYSIWYG editor makes this possible. Another way to import content is using the PowerPoint and PDF converter, that creates a course automatically.


Microlearning refers to „bite-sized“ learning; content is provided in small units to make learning content digestible. Since trainings are often offered on mobile devices, microlearning has gained popularity for its flexible access by participants. Companies make use of microlearning in order to train employees with minimal disturbance of workflows: less workshops and meetings need to be scheduled to keep employees informed. A “learning bite“ can be a short video, text or even a WhatsApp message. Microlearning is perceived as rewarding due to employees’ ability to access material in single units, whenever, wherever necessary. Coursepath features help microlearning due to fast access and easy options for including short text, video and pictures.

SaaS – Software as a Service

This term derives from the field of cloud computing. Customers using such a service gain access to a ready-to-use IT infrastructure. It is not necessary for customers to install, maintain or back up files and data themselves.

Coursepath is a software as a service. Customers can access this software directly using their browser, no matter if they it is on a laptop, tablet or smartphone. The most important advantage for customers is that they do not need to deal with technical details and/or software development. This saves time and (running) costs. This way there is more time to create content and focus on the core business.

WYSIWYG editor

WYSIWYG is an acronym for „What You See Is What You Get“. During editing content appears in a form closely corresponding to its appearance when displayed as a finished product. You can insert pictures or video, drag and drop and see the results immediately. No programming knowledge is needed. Due to its simple and intuitive interface the WYSIWYG is very popular. Coursepath uses this kind of editor in all content set-up options.