Centre for eLearning Innovations and
Partnerships in Science and Engineering (eLIPSE)

The Learning Pathway is a navigational interface in Blackboard course sites that provides students with a clear visual roadmap through their course to help them stay on track.

Self-directed learning on complex authentic tasks can be difficult for students.  A Learning Pathway is basically a study guide for students with your recommendations on how they should work through the course.  It serves as a scaffold to make the concepts and curriculum of a course transparent for students by organising resources and tasks in a way that learners can "see" a pathway to achieve the learning objectives.  Complex learning and sequences (e.g. podcast, online formative quiz, on-campus laboratory workshop then online summative quiz) are broken down into manageable steps and just-in -ime access to resources and support materials is provided.

The Learning Pathway can provide information to students about their course in 2 ways.  It is a visual roadmap that signposts for students what they “need to know” and “what they need to do” either on a week-by-week or concept-by-concept basis.   It provides students with a personalised version of their path through the course and students can mark items as complete.  

From the institutional perspective, the Learning Pathway enables educators to make sense of clickstream data as students interact with course content.

Since the first iteration of the Learning Pathway in 2012, the system has been successfully embraced by a variety of small and large classes (1200+ students) at different levels across faculties and institutions.  You can explore the tool in our demo CourseSite  and you are more than welcome to use it – we have made it freely available.

Project team/Contacts
Title First Name Last Name Affiliation   Role in the project Contact

A/Professor

Carl

Reidsema

Faculty of EAIT/School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering

Lead CI

c.reidsema@uq.edu.au
​+61 7 3365 3596

Project Status

Stage 1 of the Learning Pathway is complete.  The project will soon be handed over to UQ's Information Technology Services for institutional support.

Resources

The following resources are available for users of the Learning Pathway:

The Learning Pathway is not a quick fix - it requires you to think holistically about the narrative behind your course and focus on how the various modules and assessment connect within that story.  

Would you like hands-on support with design or redesign one of your courses to incorporate this navigational interface in your course site? 
Contact us to join a workshop group of fellow academics. 
 Bring an existing course or your ideas for designing a new one.  You will leave this session with a draft Learning Pathway that provides students with a clear visual roadmap through their course to help them stay on track.

User feedback on the Learning Pathway is important for us to evaluate changes and make improvements. We would very much appreciate if you could take a few minutes to respond to this short survey

Technologies Used

JavaScript, Blackboard, Piwik for analytics.

Acknowledgements

The first version of the Learning Pathway (Stage 1) resulted from a collaboration between the Faculties of EAIT and Science, and the UQ Centre for Educational Innovation and Technology (CEIT), now disestablished.  The first stage of the project was funded initially by the Faculty of EAIT and subsequently awarded a UQ Technology-Enhanced Learning Grant (TEL Grant) in 2014.

Publications
  • Reidsema, C., Kavanagh, L., Fink, E., Long, P., & Smith, N. (2014). The learning pathway: Online navigational support for students within the structured flipped classroom. In: Bainbridge-Smith, Andrew; Qi, Ziming Tom; Gupta, Gourab Sen. 25th Annual Conference of the Australasian Association for Engineering Education : Engineering the Knowledge Economy: Collaboration, Engagement & Employability. Barton, ACT: School of Engineering & Advanced Technology, Massey University, 2014: 788-795. 
  • Reidsema C., Kavanagh L., Fink E. and McGrice H.  (2015) Student Learning Pathway Tool. Proceedings of ANZTLC15 Innovate & Educate, Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference, Adelaide, 24 - 27 August 2015.
  • Reidsema, C., Kavanagh, L. and McCredden, J., (2016)  Project Design and Scaffolding for Realising Practitioner Learning in a Large First Year Flipped Classroom Course, Proceedings of 27th Conference of the Australasian Association of Engineering Education (AAEE 2016), Coffs Harbour, 4 - 7 December 2016.