Creating a Learning Path

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Learning paths collect related courses on your Skilljar training platform and allow users to see which courses are part of training bundles, topics, and more. Users can register for learning paths, they will also register for the courses associated with the path as they move through it. In this article, we'll discuss what a learning path is, how to use and manage them, how to charge for them, and some best practices. 

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What is a Learning Path?

A Learning Path is a collection of related courses on your training catalog. You can use this functionality to easily show users which courses are part of the same training bundle, topic, level of knowledge, and more. 

There is a single register button for a Learning Path, which registers the student for that path. Once enrolled in that Path, they will be registered for the individual courses incrementally as they move through the path. Selecting the course tile will trigger an automatic course registration for the student for a seamless transition through courses.

You can also utilize course prerequisites should you want to create a defined path for students to follow (for example, you must complete Course A before being able to register for Course B).

Why use a Learning Path?

Learning Paths are useful when courses are designed to be taken together. Learning Paths allow you to: 

  • Combine multiple courses into a unified learning experience
  • View analytics, measuring a student’s progress across a group of courses

How do Learning Paths work?

There are a few important callouts about the Learning Path functionality:

  • Registration: After a student has registered for a path, they get dropped into the Path Curriculum Page. They get enrolled into courses in the path automatically once they click on the course tile. (If a student does not have visibility or access to a specific course in a path, they won’t see the course).

  • Prerequisites: Course prerequisites apply in a path. If you would like your students to go through a path incrementally you can enforce it with course-level prerequisites.

  • Bulk Purchasing: Paths can be purchased in bulk quantities or on behalf of another. Learn more at Bulk Purchasing Courses, Paths, & Plans in Skilljar.

  • Group Visibility and Access: The group visibility and access settings of the published courses in the Learning Path will be respected. Learn more at Setting Visibility and Access for a Published Course, Catalog Page, Plan, or Published Path.

  • Email Notifications: Students can be alerted of Learning Path registration. When registering for the Learning Path, the student will not receive the individual course registration emails, even if the registration emails are explicitly set for the course. At this time, there is not a student email notification for completion of the Learning Path. 

  • Students are able to view their active and inactive Learning Path Enrollments via the Student Profile page. If the path is still active, they can click on the Path name and will be directed to the Path overview page.

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Creating a Learning Path

To put courses into a Learning Path, first, you must create the path and add your published courses to it. To get started:

  1. Go to your Skilljar Dashboard, expand the Domains & Publishing header, and select Domains to open the Domains page.
  2. Find the domain you want to create a Learning Path for and select Paths to open the Paths management page with a list of any existing Paths. 

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  3. Select the New Path button.
  4. On the following page, you can customize the elements of the Learning Path landing page.
    • Summary
      • Title
      • Short description
      • URL (created based on the title)
    • Purchase Settings (Charging for a Learning Path):
      • Price (optional)
      • Promo Codes
      • SKU
      • Detail Page HTML (header students see before registering for, or purchasing, the path.)  
    • Enrollment Settings
      • Expiration
      • Course Enrollments (see additional details on this setting below)
      • Email Settings
    • Content & Order - this section allows you to 1. select which published courses will be part of this learning path and 2. define the order in which you would like those courses to be displayed.  Please note, post-registration, students will be directed to the first course.
    • Display Settings
      • Header HTML (header students see after registering for, or purchasing, the path.)
      • Layout
      • Search
      • Filters
    • Tile Behavior
    • Location - At the bottom of the Learning Paths page, you can select the Catalog Page your path lives on. You can place it on the Catalog Home Page or any of your other catalog pages. Once you have selected the location, the path will immediately display on that page upon saving. (Note - this setting is different from Catalog Visibility.) Screen_Shot_2020-12-23_at_2.47.50_PM.png
  5. Select Save (or Save and Continue Editing)

 

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Adding a Course to a Learning Path

You can add a course to your Learning Path when you are publishing a course or editing a published course. To do that, follow these steps:

  1. From the Domains page, find the domain you want to manage and select Published Courses to access the Published Courses settings page.  
  2. Select the applicable course to open its setting page.
  3. Scroll down to the Location - Learning Paths section. 
  4. From there, you can select the Learning Paths you would like the newly published course to be a part of by selecting the path and using the middle arrow buttons to move them over from Available Learning Paths to Selected Learning Paths. You can also use Select all to move all of your paths.
  5. When you're finished, select Save or Save and Continue Editing at the bottom of the page.

Once a published course has been added to a Learning Path, that path will appear on the published courses table on the catalog settings page. A published course can be included in multiple Learning Paths and displayed as a standalone object on Catalog Pages at the same time. For example, if you have a "Customer Training: The Basics" course, you could make Learning Paths based on knowledge level (Basics) and on the topic (Customer Training), and that course can be listed in both paths, while also displayed on the catalog as a standalone course that is available as outside of either path. Screen_Shot_2020-12-23_at_2.45.20_PM.png

 

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Editing the location of a Learning Path on a Catalog Page

To determine the order in which the Learning Path is displayed on a Catalog Page, follow the below steps:

  1. Go to your Skilljar Dashboard, expand the Domains & Publishing header, and select Domains to open the Domains page.
  2. Find the domain you want to manage and select Catalog Pages to open the Catalog Pages management page. 
  3. Select the Catalog Page that the Learning Path is displayed on.
  4. Scroll down to the Content & Order section.
  5. Edit the order of the published courses, published Learning Paths, Plans, and Catalog Pages by dragging and dropping them where you want them to be. You can also use the search bar to find specific content.

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  6. When you're finished, select Save or Save and Continue to continue editing.

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Choosing the right layout for your learning path

Choosing the right layout for your Learning Path is a key element in reaching the goal you have for this type of content. Are you interested in simply throwing some courses together for a specific target audience? Are you looking to truly guide people through a path and visually show them that the training chunks are best taken in sequence? Skilljar offers flexibility!

There are three layout options for Learning Paths.

  • Expandable view: Courses are displayed full-width and expandable. They are connected via dashed lines
  • Tile view: Courses are displayed as tiles
  • List view: Courses are displayed full-width, one per line.

The Expandable View offers the richest experience for Learning Paths and is the default layout for every new Path that’s created. While this layout doesn’t strictly enforce sequential navigation, it visually cues learners to go through the path in sequence through a list view with a dotted line between the courses and a content preview on every course. To strictly enforce sequential navigation within a Path, course prerequisites should be used,

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When a learner makes progress on courses in a Path with the Expandable View layout, this progress can be viewed directly from the Path Curriculum page. This helps keep students engaged and oriented.

If you are looking for a lightweight experience for your Learning Paths that still visually looks like learning blocks that are best taken in sequence, consider using the List View. 

If you like the look of your course tiles in your catalog pages and you are mainly using Paths to show a learner a series of courses tailored to their learning goals then the Tile View is appropriate. Your Learning Path will look like a series of courses on a page and your Analytics will track the progress of students on the whole.

In summary, use the Expandable View Layout for the richest Learning Path experience, the List View for a more lightweight sequential experience, and the Tile View if you want your Paths to look more casual. 

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Best practices for creating Learning Paths

  • When creating a Learning Path, it is recommended that students have visibility and access to all published courses in the Learning Path (learn more at Setting Visibility and Access for a Published Course, Catalog Page, Plan, or Published Path).
      • While the published course visibility and access settings will be respected (the student will not be able to access the course), the Path Analytics will be based on the number of courses in the Published Path. Learn more about the Dashboard Analytics experience at Understanding Analytics Reporting.
      • One callout about the Student Experience: if a student does not have access to the first course in the path (“Enforce Access Based On Visibility”), the student will get redirected back to the home Catalog Page.
  • Use the email settings to alert students of their registration for the Learning Path. Screen_Shot_2020-09-28_at_7.44.39_PM.pngThe below email is a sample of the email sent to students upon path registration. Learn more about Skilljar email notifications at Managing Course Registration and Completion Email Notifications.path_email.png
  • Consider the desired behavior when selecting the Learning Path Enrollment Settings. Do you want the student to have unique course progress for the courses included in the Learning Path? The below scenarios describe the student experience related to course enrollments upon Learning Path registration. Screen_Shot_2020-09-28_at_7.35.52_PM.png

Scenario A: Use existing course enrollment (for example, don't create new one)  (The default choice)

Pre-path registration =

  • Published course 1 = Complete
  • Published course 2 = Complete
  • Published course 3 = Not yet registered

Post-path registration =

  • Published course 1 = Complete
  • Published course 2 = Complete
  • Published course 3 = Registered

Scenario B: Create new course enrollment (for example, ignore existing one) 

Pre-path registration =

  • Published course 1 = Complete
  • Published course 2 = Complete
  • Published course 3 = Not yet registered

Post-path registration =

  • Published course 1 = Registered (new course enrollment)
  • Published course 2 = Registered (new course enrollment)
  • Published course 3 = Registered

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Charging for a Learning Path

To charge and set a purchase price for your Learning Paths, follow these steps

  1. Go to your Skilljar Dashboard, expand the Domains & Publishing header, and select Domains to open the Domains page.
  2. Find the domain with the Learning Path for and select Paths to open the Paths management page with a list of any existing Paths. 
  3. Select the Path you want to add a purchase price to. This will take you to the Path's settings page.
  4. Scroll down to Purchase Settings and select the Add a Purchase Price box. A box will appear.
  5. Type your chosen price for the Path in the box.
      • If you price the Path, students will have to pay for the path (or use a promo code), and they will be registered for all courses in the Path at once. 
      • If you leave the price at 0.00, the learning path will be free for students, and they will be registered for all courses in the path at once. Screen_Shot_2022-02-03_at_6.07.59_PM.png
  6. If priced, you can define the maximum checkout quantity for a bulk purchase to be made at check out. By default, it's 30 as the maximum. 
  7. You can also determine if you would like promo codes to be applied to this path by selecting Add This Learning Path to One of More Pomo Code Pools, expanding Your Promo Codes, and then selecting the promo code you want to include. 

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  8. You can also decide if you want to create a custom SKU, which is especially helpful if you are using Skilljar's Salesforce Integration. 
  9. The Detail Page HTML section is the header students see before purchasing the path. The Header HTML section is the header students see after purchasing the path. 
  10. You can define an expiration date for the path. This will determine how long students have access to the path following their registration.Screen_Shot_2020-09-28_at_10.37.54_PM.png
  11. When you're done, select Save to save your changes or Save and Continue Editing to save and keep making changes.

If a course within a Learning Path appears in several pages or paths, students will be notified at registration, as shown below. 

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Note:

  • When a student purchases a single Learning Path, they will be automatically enrolled into all of the courses within that path. Pre-requisites will be respected.
  • When a user purchases for another or multiple quantities of a path, Skilljar generates a license that can be used for the purchased number of users. In the ‘Share it’ section, the purchaser can copy this license code link. They can also decide to register themselves, which applies the generated license code in the background.

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  • Learning Path enrollment pricing overrides any course pricing within that path. 

 

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