Learning Path in iSpring Learn

Learning Path is released! A Learning Path is a set of materials that are taken gradually according to an individual pace of learning. The administrators of iSpring Learn LMS can customize criteria that students should meet before they can move on to the next content item within a Learning Path. Setting strict or flexible rules for completing a Learning Path allows students to master materials in small steps, and eventually makes studying more personalized and effective.

Watch the video and continue reading to learn more about this feature:

What is a Learning Path

A Learning Path is a set of lessons or content items (courses, quizzes and other materials) that are combined together in one compound course. It can have a flexible or strict order of lessons, custom completion rules for each set of lessons (chapter), and specific criteria to pass the Learning Path and get a certificate, and can be sold as one complete piece.

In the real world, it can be a semester of some specific field of study. You may already know of the concept of a class at Coursera; it is very similar to a Learning Path in iSpring Learn.

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“The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret of getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks, and starting on the first one.”

— Mark Twain

Structure

A Learning Path in iSpring Learn consists of chapters, and chapters consist of content items.

  • Learning Path
  • Chapter
  • Course Item

Check out what a Learning Path looks like in the admin panel:

Learning Path structure in iSpring Learn

Any content item in iSpring Learn may be included in the Learning Path: iSpring-uploaded courses, SCORM 1.2/2004 packages, FLV videos, MP4 videos, MP3 audio, SWF, and reference documents (PDF, DOC, XLS, PPT).

If you have a set of courses and want the learner to see them in a sequence, the perfect way to put them together is to combine them using a Learning Path!

Benefits

Here are just a few highlights on how you can benefit from utilizing this feature in your learning environment:

  • Generate a certificate after users complete the Learning Path. Also, the system can notify administrators after someone completes it.
  • Choose passing criteria to complete the entire Learning Path or its chapters: view all items and complete assessments, or a specific item or assessment.
  • Set strict or flexible rules for completing the Learning Path: one item after another, one chapter after another or free order.
  • Sell Learning Paths. A great feature for course authors and professional business trainers! You can also set a certain number of days after purchase when this compound course will be available.
  • Comment on the entire Learning Path to discuss the subject.

How to create a Learning Path

Before you create a path of learning items, you need to upload them to your account first. When you have your courses uploaded to the iSpring Learn LMS repository, perform these steps:

  1. Go to Content on the left-hand menu.
  2. On the upper right corner, click Add Course > Add Learning Path.

  3. Enter the name of your Learning Path and click Create and Manage.

  4. On the Outline tab, click the Add Chapter button on the right, or the respective text on the bottom, and enter the chapter name.

  5. After you’ve added at least one chapter, you can add a course item.

  6. Select courses on the left pane and move them to the right by clicking the green Plus button on each item. On the top of the left pane, you can freely navigate your Content list or do a quick search for items you want to add. Click Save Changes when the chapter is ready.

You can add more chapters if you like. Add a description to each chapter and Learning Path, and assign it to users to start teaching.

By default, users can freely select courses in your Learning Path, and must complete all courses in order to finish the entire thing.

Setting specific completion rules

Click Edit Chapter to change the description or set progress and completion requirements for this part of your Learning Path.

Check Pace Progress if you want to set a strict completion order of learning items, one by one.

Users have to complete all courses by default in order to complete a Chapter. If you want to set a specific course (or quiz), select Completion condition: Specified course and pick the desired content item.

Learner’s point of view

Now that you know how to create a Learning Path it’s important to know how learners will see it. By clicking the Preview button on the right-top you will experience the Learning Path from a learner’s point of view.

Here is the learner’s view of this Learning Path:

Explore additional options

Most of the settings for Learning Path are the same as for standalone learning items or folders. Let’s reveal the mostly used ones.

Add details to describe your Learning Path

Go to the Details tab and add any information that is important to have before you assign it to users. If you don’t fill out these fields, users won’t have an idea of what it’s about or how much of their time it’s going to take.

You can also add a picture to your course by clicking on the image near the name.

Note: Adding tags will help you search for your course:

Set a certificate for your Learning Path

Go to Settings > Issue a certificate and click Save.

Set price and restrictions

Go to the Availability tab. Check the checkbox Enable e-Commerce and set an amount you want to sell it for (e.g., $1499.00). You can also Specify display time after the day of purchase (e.g., 30 days).

Generate reports

You can easily generate reports for the entire Learning Paths by going to Reports > Learning Path Summary. You will see how users succeed at passing selected learning paths.

Learning Path – a must have for every LMS

How do you teach yourself rocket science? Experts from the most advanced industries in the world suggest that you divide a bigger task into smaller pieces and then solve each of them one by one. You don’t simply jump through the wall but climb through it to adopt new skills and enter your profession of choice.

Why should every LMS have a Learning Path feature? Sequence is the key. Presenting information and performing assessments in a sequence is a natural part of teaching, and people already know what to expect when digesting materials in sequence. The old-fashioned concept of sharing a folder with learning items is like giving someone a bulk of disorganized materials and lectures, while Learning Paths are designed to set up a complex learning process with a natural procedure that’s easy to follow.

Even conquering mountains of learning materials will be possible with Learning Paths.

Learning Path. Back country skiers in mountains, photo by Dominic Ebenbichler.

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