The Paths tool in Engage is a powerful way to measure student learning across experiences you design specifically for your users. Utilizing event attendance tracking, student self-reported experiences, and organization membership, students can record and progress through co-curricular paths you design with their experiences in mind. Your path might consist of a campus experience, a first-year or capstone experience, a leadership certificate, or a student or staff training program. The options are endless with this customizable tool. This article provides site administrators an overview of the process of creating and managing a path. If you are a student looking for how to view your progress in a path, click here.
If Paths is enabled in your community and you have access to manage this tool, you will see a Paths dropdown menu from your Admin view. If you do not have the Paths tool, talk to your consultant about adding this feature to your community toolset.
- Creating a path
- Adding users to a path
- The Path Progress Report
- Making changes to your path
- How do I see what users see?
Creating a Path
Your first step is to start building out your paths. Paths consist of domains and curriculum items. A path will have multiple domains, and each domain will have items for your users to complete. The basic structure of a path is outlined in the diagram below:
Select Paths from the Paths dropdown. You will see the option to create a new path in the top left of the page. Click here for a detailed walkthrough of the process.
A domain is a collective group of required/optional items that are related by topic. You may
think of them as pillars or learning outcomes. Once your path is created, you'll need to create domains to assign to that path. Click the Paths dropdown menu and select Domains. The full process for creating domains and assigning them to a path is outlined here.
Items are at the core of your path. These are the required/optional activities that users
complete to receive credit. There are three item types: organization membership, event
attendance, and self-reported experiences. When you set up your items, you can also determine the criteria for a certain item to be completed, you can group your items, and you can create item categories to help your users better search for path items across your site.
Adding users to a path
Once your path has been created and built out, your next step is to get users added to that path! A student or user cannot opt in to join a path - they must be placed in one by an administrator. Add users to your path by clicking the Participants tab within the path. Read more about this process here.
The Path Progress Report
The Path Progress Report is a document you and your users can generate to view a comprehensive summary of their progress through a specific path. As an admin, you have the ability to configure what this document looks like. Access your configuration settings by clicking the Paths dropdown menu and selecting Progress Report Settings. Read a more in-depth article about this customization here.
Viewing a user's report
If you have full site access or access to manage users in your site, you can also view any user's Path Progress Report. Click the Users drop down menu, select the User List and find the user you would like to view. In the user's details, select the Co-Curriculum Completion tab. If the user is participating in more than one path, select the path you want to view in the "Progress For" dropdown menu. Click Print View/PDF to generate a copy of the user's Progress Report.
Making changes to your path
While we recognize that changes may happen to certain path items, it is in the best interest of your program to not make any changes once you have launched the path with participants. Your consultant can instruct you how to build your path to account for items, such as events, that may not yet be planned.
If circumstances require you to make a change to items or completion criteria, read this article for specific instructions. If you are wanting to add or remove a domain, find more information about that process here. Be sure to talk to your consultant before going through with any changes!
How do I see what users see?
In order to experience the student view of a path, you have to assign yourself to it first. You can do this by navigating to the Participants tab of the curriculum and clicking +Add Participants. Once you are added, you will need to log out of your site and log back in. Upon logging in, you'll be able to access the path progress map in your Involvement section to view the user experience of your path.