One of the goals of ExPaNDS (European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) Photon and Neutron Data Service) is to train research scientists to better use available computational RI infrastructures to address critical research questions. This requires access both to face-to-face training opportunities and to disparate training materials and resources, currently dispersed across Europe.
Our training catalogue pan-training.eu, provids a one-stop shop for trainers and trainees to discover online information and content, including training materials, events and interactive tutorials. The catalogue provides opportunities to promote training events and news, and to contribute to a growing catalogue of materials; for trainers, the portal offers an environment for sharing materials and event information; for trainees, it offers a convenient gateway via which to identify relevant training events and resources, and to perform specific, guided analysis tasks via customised training workflows to provide FAIR research.
Our associated e-learning platform hosts free education and training for scientists and students with an integration of Jupyter notebooks. The purpose of PaN-training's e-learning platform is to provide open source neutron, photon and muon science training to European scientists and students. The e-learning platform itself started out as e-neutrons.org. It was developed primarily by Copenhagen University as a means to teach their own students about neutrons science. The platform was developed and integrated as our e-Learning branch at e-learning.pan-training.eu by our sister Project PaNOSC.
Events in our training catalogue are defined as face-to-face or online training opportunities that have set start and end times. These primarily take the form of workshops, courses, webinars, etc.; but our training catalogue also collects information about conferences, meetings and hackathons, as these may also provide opportunities for learning.
Materials in our training catalogue are defined as training resources that can be accessed at any time. These may be in a variety of different formats, including online tutorials, videos, PowerPoint presentations, and so on.
A significant portion of our content is harvested from our E-Lerning platform e-learning.pan-training.eu.
An essential feature in our training catalogue are graphical training tools termed 'Training Workflows'. Three main types of workflow are in intended: Educational Resources, Learning Pathways and Experiment Maps. These encapsulate different types of, and/or approaches to, training, at different levels of granularity, within easy-to-use visual displays.
In order to advance their skills, trainees need to embark on a path, or developmental trajectory. To facilitate this journey, learning paths aim to structure, within simple visual workflows, the set of relevant training resources that trainees need to study in order to accomplish their learning objectives.
ExPaNDS and PaNOSC developed several registries that contain and promote a variety of resources that users can exploit: training resources in our catalogue; software tools; various data repositories with experiment data and workflows, standards and policies. Experiment maps provide visual overviews of typical data-analysis pipelines, surfacing the relevant tools and databases from these registries, and showing how they fit together. Experiment maps are being developed by HZDR and Soleil.
In this type of workflow, trainees are introduced to various practical tasks, linked to associated online tools and/or databases, within self-contained modules. Each module includes i) succinct statements of teaching goals and learning outcomes, to convey to trainees what they will be able to do on completion of the module; ii) a series of questions or ‘Reflections’ to provoke critical thinking about the tasks that have been completed; iii) additional background information and further reading to help support learning and enquiry; and iv) multiple choice quiz questions to evaluate understanding at the end.
Our catalogue also provides a subscription feature to help users to stay informed about courses, workshops and conferences of interest to them. The service may be customised by selecting the relevant filters, and initiated via the subscribe button. Users may choose to receive email notifications about upcoming events, or have them automatically added to their preferred calendar application.
The subscriptions manager page may be used to change the frequency of, or to remove, subscriptions.