Learning and Development

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Types of courses

There are 4 types of courses:

  1. IC, for individual contributors, standard content and quiz in Grovo
  2. MGR, for managers, standard content and quiz in Grovo
  3. UNI, about GitLab, content on university, optional quiz in Grovo
  4. All other types, custom code based on the department (FIN, SLS, MRK, ENG, etc.), content in a url under /courses for example https://about.gitlab.com/handbook/people-operations/courses/sls-101, optional quiz in Grovo.

Creating custom course content in Grovo is not allowed because everyone should be able to contribute to the courses. If the courses are in the documentation and under this page people can contribute via merge requests. All videos are publicly listed on Youtube under are account so they are easy to discover and accessible from many different platforms.

What is Grovo?

Grovo is a Learning Management System (LMS) designed to help us create and deliver short, engaging learning tracks (courses) focused on a specific learning opportunity. Whether you're on your desktop, laptop, tablet, or phone, you can start and stop a course and pick up where you left off at any time. Grovo's content is delivered using a method called Microlearning.

What is Microlearning?

Microlearning provides short bursts of information that can be applied right away, helping people build the skills they need to be successful at their jobs. Think of these bite-size pieces of learning like sentences: each conveys just one complete thought, but when you put a few of them together, you build a more complex idea. Each microlearning moment is made of a digestible morsel of information combined with a short practice exercise. It's hyper specific, so you can get the right help, right when you need it: like when composing an email, working with new spreadsheet software, or practicing a big speech. Bit by bit, these microlearning moments add up to better job performance today and continual improvement going forward. Microlearning isn't just breaking up content into smaller pieces. It's a way to make learning digestible and effective, transforming not just what you know, but what you actually do, every day.

Grovo at GitLab

We're a remote and globally distributed team that requires something more than the traditional learning approaches and courses that currently exist. We want to foster a new way of learning that mirrors GitLab's culture.

Take a coffee break with Grovo and see how much you can learn. It can take just under 60 seconds to sharpen your skills!

The Quizzes

Quizzes are a tool used to test understanding and transfer of knowledge. After each micro learning lesson in Grovo there are usually two quiz questions at the end which have been designed to engage and reinforce what the learner has just heard. You can read more about the science behind quizzes in Creating a Learning Environment Using Quizzes by Swati Karve for the Association for Talent Development Following the initial introduction of Grovo we asked for feedback and the majority of that was about the quizzes. We have now taken them out of the individual lessons and put them right at the end of the chapter(s). This should make it a much more smoother experience. Once you click Start Training, you just sit back and learn!

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q I just got my login details for Grovo what do I do once I have logged in?

A Welcome to the new learning experience! Once you have logged in you will be taken directly to the Learn screen where you will have some courses already pre-assigned to you. Get started with Grovo by taking the IC 001 Grovo for New Users course. This will give you a spin around the platform and help get you orientated ready for even more learning!

Q I have forgotten my password, how do I reset it?

A You can head to the login screen, click on the Forgotten Password? Link. Type in your email address and then click on Reset Password button. A new password will be emailed to you. Please make sure you change the temporary password and save the new one to your 1Password.

Q If I receive a message to move to the next chapter, does that mean I got 100% on the quiz?

A No, it means you have completed and finished this chapter

Q What happens if I don’t achieve the required percentage to pass?

A Don't worry :) You can take the course again by pinging us (the people ops team). We will be able to assign a retake for you so you can have another go

Q How do I retake a quiz?

A It is not possible to just retake the quiz by itself. You will need to take the course again which you can do by letting people ops know the course name and we can reassign it to you.

Q How do I review the results of the quiz I just took?

A If you're taking a course with no chapters, after clicking submit you will be able to immediately review your answers to the quiz you have just taken. If the course has multiple chapters, after clicking Submit, click on the X at the top right of the message box to review your quiz responses and clarify the correct answers for any questions you missed. When you have finished reviewing the quiz results, click Next to advance to the next chapter.

Q Can I see which questions I got wrong or right in detail?

A Yes, once you have completed the entire course along with the quiz, a message will appear scroll down and you can see the questions and if you got one wrong you can click on the "details" link on the right hand side of the question to reveal the correct answer.

Course Listings

The course times below are estimates which also include the time to complete a quiz.

For Individual Contributors

For Managers