WHO GRISP Scholar onboarding instructions (March 2019)

These instructions should only be used by selected participants who received their Letter of Acceptance to participate in the WHO Scholar GRISP Level 1 certificate course offered by the World Health Organization.

There are five steps required to onboard (prepare) for the course.

You are required to complete these steps before the course starts on 11 March .

We estimate that these steps typically require less than 30 minutes to complete.

1. Discover the three web services that you will use in this course.

In this course, we will be primarily using three web services as tools to support learning:

  1. Scholar is the course web site where we will be working together. You can work in Scholar at any time, from anywhere. See Steps 3 and 4 below.
  2. ZOOM Webinars is the software that we will use to meet once a week for the weekly discussion group and other events. See step 2 below.
  3. WhatsApp is the messaging application that may use to contact the course team throughout the course. Click here to join the WHO GRISP March 2019 cohort WhatsApp group… (Note: this group is different from the applicants’ group, which has now been closed down.)

2. Register for the Tuesday mandatory weekly discussion group

Click here to register… (If you will be connecting from a mobile device, you will need to use Webinar ID: 232-220-458)

You only need to register once. You will then receive automatic notifications 1 week, 1 day, and 1 hour before each session.

You are required to participate in the weekly discussion group every Tuesday at 14h00 (2 P.M.) Geneva (check time).

Each session will require your active participation and attention for a duration of 60 minutes. If you have a legitimate reason for absence, you will expected to view the recording of the discussion and complete a catch-up task.

Absentees will be removed from the group. If you have a legitimate reason for not being able to attend the discussion group, you need to complete three tasks.

  1. Complete the legitimate absence request form.
  2. View the session recording once it is available (usually within 24-48 hours after the group meets).
  3. Complete the catch-up task for that week.

Following completion of your catch-up task, you will then be able to re-register to rejoin the group the following week.

3. Create your account in Scholar

NOTE: If you already have an account in Scholar, please log into Scholar using your existing account. Then skip to Step 4 below.

We recommend that you view the video tutorials before completing Steps 3 (account creation) and 4 (joining the community).

Download the step-by-step guide to create your account and join the Community (PDF).

Click here to begin creating your account in Scholar in Scholar…


  • When signing into Scholar, please verify that your device is not auto-capitalizing the first letter of your username or password.
  • We recommend that you write down the Given Name, Surname, and Username for future reference. Note: Your Given Name and Surname are the ones that will appear on your certificate. Capitalize ONLY the first letter of your first name and last name. 
  • You will need to recall both the E-mail you used to register and the Password you created every time you log into Scholar.
  • Click on Create Account only after you have ensured that you will be able to recall the E-mail, Username, and Password. (Be careful with capitalization as Scholar will not recognize your user information if you change or add capital letters.)

Create your account in Scholar (3:16) Download video file (MP4, 18.3 MB)

Complete your personal profile in Scholar (1:40) Download video file (MP4, 9 MB)

4. Join the Community in Scholar for this course.

After you have created your account in Scholar, you need to join the Scholar Community for this course.

You will need to be logged into Scholar to complete these steps.

  1. Click here to view the Community…
  2. Click on the button  in the left-hand menu.
  3. Bookmark the link to the Community in your browser.
  4. You may need to wait until an administrator approves your request. This can take up to 24 hours. Please be patient.
  5. Bookmark this link so that you can easily view Updates from the course team. This is how you will find the latest instructions and tasks for the course.

Once your request to join has been approved, you will be able to view the community’s Updates and other activity.

WHO immunization strategies and practices

Join the Community in Scholar (1:32) Download video file (MP4, 3.3 MB)

5. Once you are in Scholar, send us a message in WhatsApp and download the GRISP guidelines.

  • Use this link to join the Survey Scholar Whatsapp group reserved for  course participants. (Note: this group is different from the applicants’ group, which has now been closed down.)
  • Send us a message to let us know that you have completed ALL of the steps above
  • IMPORTANT: Do not share the link to join this group with anyone else. This group is reserved for course participants selected by WHO. It is a different group from the applicants’ group.
  • Download the GRISP guidelines from the SHARES in the Scholar course community. This will be the main resource used in this course.

6. Congratulations, you have finished onboarding!

Once you have completed this step, please note:

  • From this point on, everything you need will be found in Scholar.
  • You will receive e-mail from Scholar (via noreply@cgscholar.com) to notify you when new updates and comments are posted in the Community.
  • Bookmark this link to view Updates from the course team.
  • Only the weekly mandatory discussion group takes place outside of Scholar.

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