Time needed: 5 – 10 min
Why? Learners reflect on their learning journey so far and list things they are now able to do that they weren’t previously able to do; this includes subtle elements such as being able to join in a group discussion which they had previously found difficult. Learners review the timescales for the remainder of their learning journey and adapt them where necessary. Learning pathway is described as the chosen route, taken by a learner through a range of (commonly) activities, which allows them to build knowledge progressively. With learning pathways, the control of choice moves away from the tutor to the learner.
When? Any time when you start with a topic as well when you on the way to review if the connection is still there between teacher and the student. Also in the end of a topic it is very helpful to look over every students learning pathway to evaluate their steps and find out missing knowledge.
How? Technically a learning path is merely a series of “learning steps”, like titles of part topics, Web addresses, a description or task text and some additional markings. In terms of substance, a learning path is the integration of individual learning tools into a whole learning process connected to one topic duration. It helps to organize learning processes, especially if they occur over longer periods of time.
Any risks? If you just install the learning path in the beginning of a topic and never look at it anymore, it is not really effective. Use such a learning path as a guidance for students for their self study progress.