A group of learners identified with the same graduating year, and thus having the same set of curricular, or graduation, requirements upon matriculation. Cohorts are usually identified by school/program and graduation year: "SOM Class of 2017." Within Ilios, the Cohort is the key associating factor between individuals (Instructors, Learners) and Courses, as well as defining the particular “Level” or “Levels” of a Course.


A controlled vocabulary of school-specific educational domains of knowledge. Competencies may be divided into sub-domains, and may be mapped to Objectives within a curriculum. Competencies are loaded into the system at implementation.


A Curricular object that defines the content and structure of a specific instance of coursework available to the school or program.

Course Level

Point in educational time / progress within a given program for an individual or cohort of individuals. This is represented as an attribute of Course.

Curricular Object

A Program, Course, Session, or Offering.


A subgroup within a larger Learner Group often referred to by a name (Blue group/team) or number (group 1, group 2b). These may be made up of both individual person objects and other subgroups.


The entry of a Learner into a specific Program or Course.


A collection of people (Learners or Instructors) which can be associated with Sessions.

Group Attributes

Assigned metadata for a given Group. These labels do not create hierarchical associations or relationships with other objects or data in the system. Group Name and Default Room are examples of this.

Group Content

Data related and/or associated with a given Group that also exists independently within the system. Person Objects are an example of this.


Abbreviation for Independent Learning Module.

Independent Learning Module

A Session for a Course without a specific location or time of occurrence. Independent Learning Units are comprised of Learning Materials, an expected number of educational hours or duration for the learner to complete the content, and a due-by date. These are also referred to as Independent Learning Units or ILM's.

Independent Learning Unit

See Independent Learning Module.

Learner and Educator

The record of an individual who can be assigned to an object within the system. Learners are the user records for people who become enrolled in curricular activities. Educators are basically everybody else in that they are the people who create, manage, and deliver the curriculum. They could be faculty, staff, or executive leadership.

Learning Material

Digital assets (such as files) and information (such as citations and web links) which may be associated with curricular objects.

Learning Objective

Free-text entry fields of the desired learning outcomes for Programs, Courses, and Sessions.


Acronym for Medical Subject Headings. A controlled vocabulary that may be associated with curriculum objects and learning materials.

Not Published

The default status of an object (Session, Course) which is not finalized and does not display in detail on the public calendars or to learners. Users with edit privileges may see, edit, and modify these objects. The other states available for objects are Published and Scheduled. Draft status is no longer used in Ilios 3.0.


The desired learning or teaching outcomes for a given curricular object. These may be general Program level Objectives (also referred to as graduation requirements), Course level learning Objectives, or Session level teaching Objectives. Objectives may be associated with Competencies; however, only one higher level competency can be associated with each Learning Objective at the Session level.


The scheduled (time and place) representation of a Session or teaching unit, represented on the calendar: in other words, when the curriculum for a particular session is “offered”.


A specific course of study for a given school.


The final, accessible version of curricular material that is delivered to learners and made available for public access via such interfaces as a calendar or search.


An intermediate state of a Session or Course where some required elements are missing; but you wish to have the students block off this time for the Session Offerings. These offerings show up on the Students’ calendars at “TBA”.


A section or unit of a course with specific attributes of type and content. Sessions may be represented as multiple time and place "Offerings," or as Independent Learning units with an estimated duration of educational time.


A controlled vocabulary of (school-specific) categories of learning. Topics are loaded into the system at implementation. Previously known as “Disciplines”.