Use the "optional" settings on a step to give the learner the ability to "skip" over certain assignments that are supplementary or to provide multiple ways to complete an assignment.
While on the Path tab of your course, either in the Source Path or with the “Edit” button switched on, select a step and then select Settings (the gear icon in the upper right corner).
One of the options here is the "Require completion" toggle button.
If you toggle this button on (the default), learners will need to complete the step in order to finish the class and receive completion status.
If you toggle the button off, the step will be marked as "optional." Learners will be able to skip the step and still receive completion on the class.
If optional, the learner will have two options: to "Complete" the step, or to "Skip it."
Need to complete a step on behalf of a user? See how to skip ahead.