PaNOSC supports an e-learning platform, which provides training modules on scientific topics related to PaN science. The platform hosts free education and training for scientists and students, with online interactive courses on both the theory of photon and neutron science, and how to use python code or software for data reduction and modelling.
Who is the e-learning platform for?
Pan-learning.org is specifically designed to provide training for users of photon and neutron sources. The platform provides curated educational content to help users of research infrastructures learn about specific scattering methods and data analysis techniques. Thus, it is a useful platform for PaN users, researchers and research groups, as well as scientists giving lectures to early-stage researchers, and lecturers from academic institutions.
How does pan-learning work?
PaN-learning is based on the Moodle learning management system used by many universities and schools around the world. Moodle allows teachers to follow students’ progress, create quizzes with immediate feedback and include interactive H5P content. Videos, written notes and links to third party content can also be included.
The most unique part of pan-learning is the ability to attach Jupyter notebooks to a course. Notebooks are an excellent way for scientists to demonstrate how their data reduction and analysis works.
A JupyterHub container can be launched from a course page, which runs on servers at the European Spallation Source. The container pulls notebooks directly from a teacher’s github page, so if changes are made there, the course updates automatically. Having the notebooks run remotely is perfect for introducing python-based techniques to those unfamiliar with it.
Create an account on pan-learning by simply filling in an online form, or using your UmbrellaID or ORCID credentials.
PaN-learning also has a wiki, which does not require a log on to access. There you will find wikipedia-style articles on the theory of neutron science, along with exercises to test understanding.
In addition to the e-learning platform, a training catalogue for photon & neutron science allows browsing instructional material and resources from institutes around Europe.
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