Glossary of the frequently used terms in the Open Training Platform




“All the learning which is planned and guided by the school, whether it is carried on in groups or individually, inside or outside the school” (Vic Kelly, 1983 The Curriculum, Theory and practice)


A guideline is a statement or other indication of policy or procedure by which to determine a course of action. “It is something that is: (1) actionable and (2) authorized by consensus. Guidelines are not set in stone and should be treated with common sense and the occasional exception.” (Wikipedia)

Non-formal education

“Any organized educational activity outside the established formal system - whether operating separately or as an important feature of some broader activity - that is intended to serve identifiable learning clienteles and learning objectives.” (Combs, Prosser and Ahmed, 1973)

Open content

Copyrighted information that is made available by the copyright owner to the general public under license terms that allow reuse of the material, often with the requirement (as with this Glossary) that the re-user grant the public the same rights to the modified version that the re-user received from the copyright owner. 
Information that is in the Public Domain might also be considered a form of Open Content.

Open training material

Training material which is free and freely available, that can be shared, edited and reused.


Process whereby a subject specialist transfers specific knowledge and skills to a group or an individual, providing learning opportunities and directing the learning of a 'skill'.

Training Material

The subject matter: all the text, simulation scenarios, tests and graphics available to the system from the subject matter database, arranged into training units.