One frequently-asked question is how to keep learners motivated and how to provide check-points to make sure learners stay engaged. Here's a list of ideas you can incorporate into your courses where appropriate for your teaching style. Gamification can be incorporated by assigning point values to your steps, and while we don't have a traditional leaderboard, the Timeline can be enabled to show learners who among their peers is making the most progress in the cohort.
Encourage progress with scheduled cohorts
Using multiple cohorts, you can offer a scheduled cohort periodically, such as every month or quarter. Your learners would just need to join the next available offering in order to take it on a schedule. Start dates and due dates will help learners stay on track by providing accountability via reminders.
Encourage progress with structure and check-ins
Alternately, you can set up a self-paced class in such a way as to encourage your learners to stay on a personal schedule: for example, title each module as a new "Week" and require regular personal check-ins via video chat or email.
Encourage progress by enabling the Timeline
We often get questions about adding a leaderboard. We don't currently have a leaderboard, but you can optionally show learners a Timeline of activity in their cohort. The Timeline includes step completions by others in the course, so each learner can see how others are progressing and be encouraged to progress together. We don't currently have a plan to show learners' scores to other learners within the platform, but you can export points. We've seen some clients export points to a third-party app, such as Jotform, and add a leaderboard into their courses by embedding the third-party in a step.
Encourage progress with points (gamification)
Setting point values on steps can help motivate learners, enable you to see where they may be struggling, and can provide a simple way to make sure everyone passes required competencies. Learners will need to pass the minimum required grade on all required steps in order to earn a passing grade for the course.
We have a couple of Pathwright accounts that use the points accrued in Pathwright for tangible rewards. Some of our educators have integrated with Accredible.com via our Zapier integration to send customized badges and certificates to their learners.
Encourage progress with personal encouragement
You can see where any learner is at any time using the activity feed on the Dashboard or by using the View Learner Progress screen within the course. If you see someone falling behind, you can personally email that learner to see if they need help.
Encourage progress with discussions
Learners consistently rank well-managed discussions as the most rewarding part of the course. Refresh your community discussions with these tips.
Encourage progress with a certificate of completion
Create an automatically generated certificate of completion that the learner can download and print to award their achievement. All required and auto-graded steps must be completed and any minimum passing scores met to unlock the certificate.
You'll find more tips on our blog at https://www.pathwright.com/blog.