A path item is at the core of your path—the actual action that fulfills or partially fulfills a domain. These are the required/optional items that users complete to receive credit. There are 3 item types: Organization Membership, Event Attendance, and Self-Report. These items can also be grouped into Group Items for accomplishing alternate paths in a domain. Any number of items can be on one domain, as well as belong to more than one domain.

To find out how to create each type of curriculum item, read below, or use the quick links to jump to a specific type of item.

Creating a Self-Reported Item

Self-Reported Items allow you to create path requirements that don't fit in the other two categories (event or organization participation). This would be things that Engage can't asses or measure on its own, like "talking with a faculty member" or "attending 3 community events not hosted on the site". 

From the Administration tab, click on the Paths drop-down menu and then Path Items. In the upper left, select the Create Item drop-down menu and choose the Self-Report option.

 

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Enter a name, a short name if desired, and a public description for the Path directory. The public description will be shown on the Path directory, but is also visible to the student if they click the details link next to any Path item on the Path map page. Next, determine if the Path item is required or optional (Required is selected by default).

Determine if you would like participants to self-report completion of the item or if you would like them to complete this by submitting a self-reported experience. Below that, you can enter a default description for the Path progress report. This description is exclusively shown on the Path progress report.

 

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Select one of the description options: If the nature of the Path Item is one that would require students to give a personal account of what they did to fulfill the intended requirements behind the Path item, then it is advised that you allow them to edit the description; however, in cases where completing the Path item represents a very specific task, perhaps of an administrative nature, then it may be best to keep a standardized description for all students' Path progress reports.

Enter instructions for participant self-reflection. The text entered into this box will be presented to students as a blue information bubble directly about the input box. It is intended for the administrators to provide specific details on what they want the student to reflect upon related to the Path item. You can also choose if you wish to require a self-reflection from the participant for this item. This option will force the student to enter some amount of text into their self-reflection input box before they will get credit for completing the Path item.

 

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Under the path item assignment section, select the Path to which this item should be assigned, as well as the domain(s) and category (or categories) to which you wish to assign the item. A Path Item can be assigned to as many domains or have as many categories as you wish, but only to one Path.

 

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If you choose, under the Additional Information section, enter a contact name, contact e-mail, and/or other additional information. The purpose of these fields is to provide the student with a contact or details on how they can get help, assistance, more information, or ask questions about the item. This information is shown on the pop-up window displayed when the student clicks on the details link for the item.

 

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When you're finished, hit Create to complete your item!

Sample Self-Report Path Item

Field Entry
Name Participate in Homecoming Weekend Activities
Description Hometown Homecoming is a tradition at the University that all students are encouraged to take part in. There various events and activities sponsored by the University and Alumni Office will expose you to the rich tradition and school spirit Hometown is best known for!
Domains Campus Experience
Categories Engaging

Creating an Event Attendance Item

Event Attendance Path Items allow you to set requirements for students to receive credit based on their attendance at certain events within your community.  The qualifications within this curriculum item can be based on Event Name (a particular event instance), Event Category (events within a particular category), or Sponsoring Organization (events from a certain organization). To receive credit, the user must become a member of an organization based on one of those three qualifiers.

You must have Event Categories created before creating Event Attendance Path Items so that students have the option to receive credit base on the category an event is assigned to. Click here to learn about creating Event Categories for your Events feature.

From the Administration tab, click on the Paths drop-down menu and then Path Items. In the upper left, select the Create Item drop-down menu and choose the Event Attendance option.

 

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Enter a name, a short name if desired, and a public description for the Path directory. The public description will be shown on the directory, but is also visible to the student if they click the details link next to any Path item on the Path map page. Next, determine if the Path item is required or optional (Required is selected by default).

Determine if you would like participants to be able to self-report completion of the item or if you would like them to complete this by submitting a self-reported experience. Below that, you can enter a default description for the progress report. This description is exclusively shown on the progress report.

 

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Select one of the description options: If the nature of the Path Item is one that would require students to give a personal account of what they did to fulfill the intended requirements behind the Path item, then it is advised that you allow them to edit the description; however, in cases where completing the item represents a very specific task, perhaps of an administrative nature, then it may be best to keep a standardized description for all students' progress reports.

Enter instructions for participant self-reflection. The text entered into this box will be presented to students as a blue information bubble directly about the input box. It is intended for the administrators to provide specific details on what they want the student to reflect upon related to the item. You can also choose if you wish to require a self-reflection from the participant for this item. This option will force the student to enter some amount of text into their self-reflection input box before they will get credit for completing the item.

 

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Under the path item assignment section, select the Path to which this item should be assigned, as well as the domain(s) and category (or categories) to which you wish to assign the item. An item can be assigned to as many domains or have as many categories as you wish, but only to one Path.

 

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Next, determine the participation completion criteria of the item. Set the conditions of the items by toggling between Any and All. All will require attendance of every event specified, while Any refers to attending at least one of the events specified. Enter the number of events that need to be attended and select if the criteria for this item will be a specific event, any event that falls within a specific category, or any event that falls under a sponsoring organization. You can add additional criteria as necessary by clicking +Add Criteria.

 

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If you choose, under the Additional Information section, enter a contact name, contact e-mail, and/or other additional information. The purpose of these fields is to provide the student with a contact or details on how they can get help, assistance, more information, or ask questions about the item. This information is shown on the pop-up window displayed when the student clicks on the details link for the item.

 

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When you're finished, hit Create to complete your item!

Sample Event Attendance Curriculum Item

Field Entry
Name Demonstrate Academic Inquiry
Description Learning to be a life-long student!
Domains Career Commitment, Interpersonal Competency
Categories Engaging
Criteria

This Curriculum Item is complete when Any of the following conditions are met:

  • Criteria: 1 event with Event Category “Critical Thinking and Inquiry”
  • Criteria: 1 event with Event Name “Self Discovery and Learning Styles”
  • Criteria: 1 event hosted by the sponsoring organization called the Office of Student Involvement

Creating a Organization Participation Item

Organization Participation Path Items allow you to set requirements for students to receive credit based on their active or past organization membership participation. The qualifications within this curriculum item can be based on the Organization Name, Organization Category or Organization Type. To receive credit, the user must become a member of an organization based on one of those three qualifiers.

From the Administration tab, click on the Paths drop-down menu and then Path Items. In the upper left, select the Create Item drop-down menu and choose the Organization Participation option.

 

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Enter a name, a short name if desired, and a public description for the Path directory. The public description will be shown on the directory, but is also visible to the student if they click the details link next to any Curriculum item on the Curriculum map page. Next, determine if the item is required or optional (Required is selected by default).

Determine if you would like participants to self-report completion of the item or if you would like them to complete this by submitting a self-reported experience. Below that, you can enter a default description for the Path progress report. This description is exclusively shown on the progress report.

 

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Select one of the description options: If the nature of the Path Item is one that would require students to give a personal account of what they did to fulfill the intended requirements behind the item, then it is advised that you allow them to edit the description; however, in cases where completing the item represents a very specific task, perhaps of an administrative nature, then it may be best to keep a standardized description for all students' progress reports.

Enter instructions for participant self-reflection. The text entered into this box will be presented to students as a blue information bubble directly about the input box. It is intended for the administrators to provide specific details on what they want the student to reflect upon related to the item. You can also choose if you wish to require a self-reflection from the participant for this item. This option will force the student to enter some amount of text into their self-reflection input box before they will get credit for completing the item.

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Under the item assignment section, select the Path to which this item should be assigned, as well as the domain(s) and category (or categories) to which you wish to assign the Path item. An item can be assigned to as many domains or have as many categories as you wish, but only to one Path.

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Next, determine the participation completion criteria of the item. Set the conditions of the items by toggling between Any and All. All will require a membership in every organization specified, while Any refers to completing at least one of the organizations specified. Enter the number of memberships required and specify if the membership needs to one that they currently hold, or if a past membership within the criteria will count toward completion. Finally, determine if the criteria for this item will be a specific organization, any event that falls within a specific category, or any event that falls under a specific organization type. You can add additional criteria as necessary by clicking +Add Criteria.

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If you choose, under the Additional Information section, enter a contact name, contact e-mail, and/or other additional information. The purpose of these fields is to provide the student with a contact or details on how they can get help, assistance, more information, or ask questions about the item. This information is shown on the pop-up window displayed when the student clicks on the details link for the item.

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When you're finished, hit Create to complete your item!

Sample Organization Participation Path Item

Field Entry
Name Become a Campus Ambassador or Mentor
Description Joining an organization where you will help incoming students get to know the University and is a great way for you to learn more about the institution, its history, and its culture.
Domains Campus Experience
Categories Engaging, Leading
Criteria

This Curriculum Item is complete when any of the following conditions are met:

  • Participant holds 1 Past or Active organization position(s) where Organization Name is “Campus Mentors”

Creating a Group Item

A Group Item allows you to select several different items of different item types and group them together. The items to be grouped must already exist before beginning the process of creating a Group Item. Group items could be used to create two different paths within one domain, or to showcase multiple options for one item. With a Group Item, you can also specify exactly how many individual items from that group need to be completed to fulfill it.

The grouping feature allows you to create options for students, allowing them multiple paths to complete the same domain or item requirements. For example, you might say that one domain is complete when a student completes either "three items in group A" or "four items in group B." Group Items allows you to accomplish these alternate paths.

To create a Group Item, from the Administration tab, click on the Paths drop-down menu and then Path Items. In the upper left, select the Create Item drop-down menu and choose the Group option.

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Enter a name, a short name if desired, and a public description for the Path directory. The public description will be shown on the directory, but is also visible to the student if they click the details link next to any Path item on the Path map page. Next, determine if the item is required or optional (Required is selected by default).

Determine if you would like participants to self-report completion of the item or if you would like them to complete this by submitting a self-reported experience. Below that, you can enter a default description for the progress report. This description is exclusively shown on the progress report.

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Select one of the description options: If the nature of the Path Item is one that would require students to give a personal account of what they did to fulfill the intended requirements behind the item, then it is advised that you allow them to edit the description; however, in cases where completing the item represents a very specific task, perhaps of an administrative nature, then it may be best to keep a standardized description for all students' progress reports.

Enter instructions for participant self-reflection. The text entered into this box will be presented to students as a blue information bubble directly about the input box. It is intended for the administrators to provide specific details on what they want the student to reflect upon related to the item. You can also choose if you wish to require a self-reflection from the participant for this item. This option will force the student to enter some amount of text into their self-reflection input box before they will get credit for completing the item.

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Under the item assignment section, select the Path to which this item should be assigned, as well as the domain(s) and category (or categories) to which you wish to assign the item. An item can be assigned to as many domains or have as many categories as you wish, but only to one Path.

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Next, determine the Participation Completion Criteria of the item. Set the conditions of the items by toggling between All and At least. All will require the user to complete every item specified, while At Least refers to completing at least the number entered of the items to complete. Enter the number of items required if necessary. Then, specify the curriculum items to be included in the group. Once you've added an item, you can click and drag to rearrange their display order, or click the red "X" to remove it from the list.

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If you choose, under the Additional Information section, enter a contact name, contact e-mail, and/or other additional information. The purpose of these fields is to provide the student with a contact or details on how they can get help, assistance, more information, or ask questions about the item. This information is shown on the pop-up window displayed when the student clicks on the details link for the Curriculum item.

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When you're finished, hit Create to complete your item!

Sample Group Path Item

Field Entry
Name Participate in Organizations
Description Start the semester off by building your involvement background.
Domains Campus Experience
Categories Engaging
Criteria

This Curriculum Item is complete when at least 2 Path Item(s) included in this Group are marked complete:

  • Curriculum Items Included in Group: Become a Campus Ambassador or Mentor Join a Cultural Student Organization Join a Leadership Student organization
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