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How do I create learning pathways or group topics together?
How do I create learning pathways or group topics together?

Tribal Habits' pathways allow you to group topics and articles together for a single learning experience.

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Written by Lou Monsour
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Tribal Habits' pathways allow you to group topics and/or articles together for a single learning experience.

  • A pathway represents a collection of topics and/or articles which explorers can be enrolled into as a group. They can then work their way through each of the topics or articles in the pathway to complete the entire pathway.

  • Pathways appear on the explorer dashboard as a collection of topics and/or articles, with a separate pathway title and pathway status.

How do I create a pathway?

Note: You must be an administrator to create a new pathway.

In the Admin area of your portal, proceed to the Knowledge section and change to the Pathways tab. From there, click the 'I want to...' button and select the 'Create a new pathway' option.

When you create a new pathway, you must...

  • Give it a title.

  • Select the initial topics or articles for the pathway by dragging-and-dropping topics and articles from the list into the 'Mandatory knowledge' and/or ‘Optional knowledge’ sections for the pathway. You can also drag-and-drop to remove or reorder topics in the pathway.

  • Save your pathway by clicking the 'Create Pathway' button, and it's ready to go.

What are the options for mandatory and optional knowledge?

Each topic or article in a pathway is either 'Mandatory' or 'Optional'.

Mandatory knowledge is listed first. These are topics or articles which MUST be completed by an explorer to complete the pathway. You must have at least 1 Topic or Article in your list of Mandatory knowledge

  • You can use the checkbox option in ‘Edit knowledge’ panel for a pathway to allow explorers to complete mandatory topics and articles in any order or to force completion in the order listed (if so, topics and articles are locked until prior topics or articles are completed).

  • You can create a pathway with just mandatory topics and articles if you like.

  • Mandatory knowledge, must have at least 1 Topic or Article. If you want a Pathway that just contains 'optional' knowledge, there is still a requirement to add a Topic or Article to the mandatory list. You can just have an article to introduce the Pathway and the optional content as this item if needed.

Optional knowledge is listed second. Completion of these topics or articles may not be required to complete the pathway. By default, optional topics and articles are purely optional - they may represent extra knowledge which may be useful, but not critical, to the pathway.

  • You can use the checkbox in the ‘Edit knowledge' panel in a pathway to set a required number of optional topics or articles for completion. For example, you may require that explorers complete 1 of the 3 optional topics or articles you provide in order to complete the entire pathway.

  • Explorers can always access optional topics or articles at any time in the pathway.

  • You can create a pathway with just optional topics or articles if you like.

Note: When explorers are enrolled in a pathway with optional topics or articles, the optional items appear on their learner dashboard (within the pathway), however, they're not enrolled in those items until they access the topic or article.

How do I enrol explorers in a pathway?

Enrolments in pathways are managed the same as enrolments in topics or articles - you can learn more in this detailed article.

How can I view explorer progress through a pathway?

When you view each pathway in your Admin area, there is a dedicated Explorers tab which shows all enrolled explorers in that pathway, along with their overall pathway status (Unexplored, Exploring, Completed) and per cent complete of the entire pathway.

You can also click on the pathway status link to review more detailed information on each explorer's progress through a pathway (including which topics and articles have been completed and when).

What is the 'Pre-enrolled' progress phase?

When you enrol an explorer in a pathway, we also 'pre-enrol' them in any mandatory topics or articles. This allows the platform to link topic and article enrolments to a specific pathway enrolment (which is critical for retakes). It also improves your topic and article reporting by more accurately reflecting actual and future enrolments in topics and articles.

When an explorer is pre-enrolled in a topic or article, it does not trigger due dates or notifications. It is a 'preparation' phase only. Topic or article due dates and notifications will be triggered only when the explorer reaches the Unexplored or Exploring phases in that topic or article.

How do I unenrol explorers from a pathway?

From the Enrolments tab in a pathway, you can filter and select explorers before clicking the 'I want to...' button and selecting 'Unenrol from knowledge'. You can also view the profile of any person and unenrol them via the Pathways tab of their profile (when you select the pathway and then click 'I want to...' before selecting 'Unenrol'.

Note that when you unenrol explorers from a pathway, they will remain enrolled in any topics or articles they have already started to explore or have already completed. Those topics or articles will remain on their dashboard, but will be displayed as individual topics or articles rather than grouped in the pathway:

  • If you want to delete progress the explorer has already made, you will need to unenrol them from the specific topics or articles.

  • If an explorer has not started exploring a topic or article in a pathway (it is in the 'Pre-enrolled' phase), they will be unenrolled from that topic or article when they are unenrolled from the pathway.

IMPORTANT - Making changes to pathways will impact all currently enrolled people - not just future enrolments. So if you swap a module in your pathway after the pathway is created, those who are already enrolled (as well as those who have completed the pathway) will then be changed to 'exploring' in that pathway. They will need to complete the newly inserted article/topic to get back to 'completed' status.

Can I use pathways with library topics?

YES! That's one of the best uses of pathways in fact.

You can group Development, Compliance, Foundation and your own topics within a pathway. This might be to group similar Development topics based around a theme, or Compliance topics for a specific role.

You could also combine a Compliance topic with a topic of your own. This might be a Compliance topic on, say, Anti-Bullying which is then followed by a short topic or article of your own which contains your organisation's Anti-Bullying code and asks the explorer to confirm they have read the code and agree to it.

Can I have notifications, due dates and certified dates for pathways?

You sure can! Pathways can have Due Dates and Certified Dates in the same way topics and articles can. You can choose due dates to be based on the day of enrolment or a fixed date.

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