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Path Builder

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Path Builder is a tool that displays the entire course navigation tree of Units and Content Items and allows for the identification of "triggers" within the Course.

Feature

Path Builder is a tool that displays the entire course navigation tree of Units and Content Items and allows for the identification of "triggers" within the Course. Instructors choose a student action (i.e. View, Submit, Respond, Earn Points) to be associated with a trigger, and then based on a student performance associated with the trigger, the course will provide access to the next Unit or Item. A student must meet the requirements before the course content will become available.

 

  1. Click on Course Admin on the top toolbar

 

  1.  Click on Path Builder.  If you do not see Path Builder on this screen, click Enable/Disable Tools,   

Enable Path Builder, Save Changes.

  1. Click Expand All

  1.  You will see that the default is “No Trigger”. Pull the drop box down and choose the item to trigger.

  1.  Once you select the item, the box will highlight in yellow.  Note: you have to choose the trigger for the item.  In my first example, I’m choosing an assignment called “Turnitin” as my trigger point.  This must be submitted to the drop box to open test.

                                                         OR

      I can choose points as my trigger.

  1.  Save Changes

RECAP

To start working in Path Builder, think first about where you want students to end up if they meet the condition you'll set. For example, if you want students to score a certain number of points on a quiz before going on to Unit 2, then start at Unit 2. Click the Conditions drop-down menu that currently says, "No Trigger" and select what item a student must trigger in order to start Unit 2. Here, in this example, you'll see options for those items that come before the test item, which can be used as conditions to enter Unit 2.  If you already have the points entered in your gradebook, Path Builder will recognize those points and populate that for you.

You can also choose to Hide the Unit until Triggered if you would like for students not to be able to see that the Unit or Item.  Path Builder also allows for Discussion Forums to serve as triggers for accessing content. Let's suppose that I want students to have submitted to the Introductions discussion forum before they can participate in the Unit 1 discussion. I start by clicking the plus button to expand Unit 1. I select a trigger from this drop down menu that will allow students to participate in the Unit 1 discussion forum. I want them to have responded to the Introductions discussion forum in the Course Home unit first. So I select the introduction item from the dropdown menu. I then indicate in the next drop-down menu that I want them to Respond, and I select the topic that I want them to respond to. If there is more than one topic in the Introductions discussion, I can indicate that I want them to respond either to All Topics or just to a particular Topic. I then click the Save Changes button.  These steps are exactly the same as above, but discussions are the trigger not a paper.

Path Builder Q&A

Q: What is a performance-based condition?

A: This refers to a course access condition, a student must perform a certain

action before a course location will become accessible.

 

Q: What is a target?

A: A target is a location or destination within a course, i.e. A Unit or Content Item

 

Q: What is a trigger?

A: A trigger is associated with a target and specifies the student action and level of

performance required to make the target accessible.

 

Q: What student performances will trigger access to a target?

A: Number Grade (aka Earn Points) is the student action for fist release. Other students

actions will be added in a subsequent release and will include: View (or click content

item), Respond (to a discussion thread), submit (to an Exam or Dropbox).

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Q: What happens if I use restrict access to a unit or content item for a particular

timeframe?

A: A student must meet both the time restriction and performance condition before a

particular content item will become accessible.

 

Q: What happens if I use the course’s start and end dates for the term?

A: A student must meet both the time restriction and performance condition before a

particular content item will become accessible. If you use the term start and end

restrictions, then you effectively have no time restrictions while the course is running.

 

Note: If you do not see Path Builder under Course Admin, Click Enable/Disable tools-Disable Path Builder-Save Changes.

 

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