Creating a Learning Path

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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 a student for all courses in the Learning Path at once. Note: this action will override any course prerequisites that you have in place between courses in this Learning Path. If you are looking to use Course Prerequisites, please use our Pages feature instead.

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: When a student registers for a path, they will be automatically enrolled into all of the published courses in that path. (exception: if a student does not have visibility or access to a specific course in the Learning Path, they will not be registered for that course). 
  • Prerequisites: Due to the bulk registration behavior outlined above, prerequisites cannot be enforced within a path. If you are looking to use Course Prerequisites, please use our Pages feature instead.
  • Bulk Purchasing: Paths can only be purchased to single quantities at this time. Bulk purchasing is not currently supported.  
  • Group Visibility and Access: The group visibility and access settings of the published courses in the Learning Path will be respected. Learn more here.
  • The post-registration experience will vary depending on the composition of the first course:
    • If the 1st course has multiple lessons, upon registering for the Learning Path, the student will be directed to the course’s curriculum page.
    • If the 1st course has a single lesson only, upon registering for the Learning Path, the student will be directed to the course’s single lesson.
  • 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. 
  • There is not currently an indication of the Learning Path enrollment in the student’s profile page. At this time, the “My Profile” view shows the individual course enrollments.
  • Learning Paths must be placed on at least one Catalog Page in order to be accessible by students. 

How do I create 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. In Domains & Publishing, select "Catalog Settings"
  2. Select the page tab titled "Published Paths". This Published Paths page will show you a list of any Learning Paths that have already been created. published_path.png 
  3. Click the blue button in the top-right title "New Path.”
  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'll want to select the Catalog Page your path lives on. You can place it on the Catalog Home Page or any of your other catalog pages. Please note, the path must be added to at least one Catalog Page to be accessible by learners. If the path is not placed on a Page, students will not be able to register for the path. Once you have selected the location, the path will immediately display on that page upon saving. (Note - this setting is different from Catalog Visibility.) location.png
  5. Click Save (or Save and Continue Editing)

You can also choose if you want a course to be part of this Learning Path when you are publishing a course or editing a published course.

  1. From the Published Course settings page, select the Domain you would like to publish the course to.  
  2. Once the Domain is selected, scroll down to the Location - Learning Paths section. 
  3. 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. 
  4. Click Save or Save and Continue Editing at the bottom of the page.lp_location.png
  5. Once a published course has been added to a Learning Path, that path will surface on the published courses table in catalog settings.  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 topic (Customer Training), and that course can be listed in both paths, while also displaying on the catalog as a standalone course that is available as outside of either path. display_on.png

How do I edit 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. In Domains & Publishing, select "Catalog Settings"
  2. Select the page tab titled "Catalog Pages". 
  3. Select the Catalog Page that the Learning Path is displayed on
  4. In the Content & Order section, you can edit the order of the published courses, published Learning Paths and Catalog Pages on that specific page.content_and_order.png

What are some best practices for creating Learning Paths?

  1. When creating a Learning Path, it is recommended that students have visibility and access to all published courses in the Learning Path (learn more here).
      • 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 here.
      • 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.
  2. Leverage 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 here.path_email.png
  3. Consider the desired behavior when selecting the Learning Path Enrollment Settings. Do you want the student to have a unique course progresses 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 (i.e. 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 (i.e. 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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