User guide

This user guide demonstrates the various features of the course and shows you how to interact with The Gem Academy online platform. It also gives you a sneak peek into what you can expect.


Welcome to this user guide where I will show you how to use this online learning platform, which can be accessed easily on a desktop computer, tablet and smartphone. There are lots of handy features to increase your engagement and help you learn in the best way for you. Let me show you how it all works.

After logging in, and clicking on the course, you will see that the course is divided into two parts. 

One contains all the background information on lab-grown diamonds; such as their history, production and qualities, and the other focuses on how to identify lab-grown diamonds.

I recommend starting with the background information first, as this will make the second part of the course easier to understand. 

Click on the course to see the curriculum. Click "start next lecture" to start the course.

The lessons are delivered in a variety of ways, including; video, animation, infographics, slideshows and text.

The videos can be sped up or slowed down to a speed that suits you. There is also a transcription of each video for those who prefer to read.

You can navigate through the different slideshows by simply clicking on the arrows or the edge of the screen. If you are using a computer, the arrow keys will also allow you to navigate through the slides. You can also skip through the slides by clicking along the bottom bar.

At the bottom of each page is a "comment" section. This is linked to all students enrolled in the course and is linked directly to me. Please use these sections to ask any questions on the topic being discussed. It's also a great place to share links to a relevant articles or video, or to share your own gems of knowledge and experience.

Once you have completed a lesson, click "complete and continue" at the top of the page to go to the next lesson. You can also go to the previous lesson or back to the main curriculum. 

On a computer; you'll see the curriculum listed down the left-hand side. Each lesson has an icon which indicates your interaction with that lesson; whether it is yet to be done, in progress or completed.

A progression bar can also be seen at the top left which shows you how much of the total course you have completed.

This online platform is fully utilised for use with smartphones and tablets. When using a smartphone; videos and slideshows are best viewed when your phone is in the landscape position. Be sure the lock-screen function is switched off before rotating your phone and these lessons will automatically switch to full-screen. Turn your phone back to its upright position, to return to the full page.

Throughout this course, there are mini-quizzes to complete to ensure that you are gaining the key information.

At the end of this course, there is a test on the whole curriculum. Successful completion of this test qualifies you to pass the course and you will be issued with a "certificate of completion".

That's about it for now, but I'll be here to guide you through the entire time. Enjoy!