Pathways

Pathways File Naming

#PathwaysMK – Many pathways projects have current date of Revision:
Rev Date 11/2016
– Project file naming
While not 100 % consistent – Pathways file names have a general pattern of:
 
A8L##X
A= language
blank=English, I hAve found CS for Chinese e.g. “CS8201D” AND “CS8203D”
L=Level number (1-5) ## = course number withing level,
X=
D=Project Description
E=Evaluation Resource
blank=full project
 
note that this coding is not maintained with the worksheets included in projects and inconsistent in some electives where suffice is added e.g. ‘L3’

worksheets seems be name 80## that zero in 2nd digit seems to be used for project worksheets and I cannot detect a pattern of the naming related to levels or projects

 For example, the worksheet for Level 1 Project 3 – Speech outline worksheet is named 8038, go figure

Have you noticed more patterns?

Education level designations under Pathways

First Last, CL, ACB
ABove is how education level achievements are listed with members’s names in rosters

That is changing a bit since Pathways does away with all traditional education award labels except DTM

In Pathways, the education award level/recognition change to:
the most recent path and level they completed

And they will not accumulate over multiple paths, only the most recently completed level in whatever path that was

EXCEPT: DTM, once a member achieves DTM, “DTM” stays after their name and is never replaced.

From the TI Pathways Guide Q&A log:

For example, Yolanda Gonzalez is working on the Presentation Mastery and Effective Coaching paths. When she completes Level 2 of Effective Coaching, her credentials display as EC2. Soon after, she finishes Level 3 of Presentation Mastery. Her credentials
then update to PM3. In club meetings, she could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez,PM3.
When a member completes a path, they also earn the Proficient designation. For example,when Yolanda completes the Effective Coaching path, she is considered Proficient in Effective Coaching and could be introduced as Yolanda Gonzalez, Effective Coaching Proficient.

there is one special designation outside of the 10 paths called “Pathways mentor” I do not know if/how that will be shown on member designation when earned. It may be like DTM and be ‘permanent”
I will know in a few months 🙂 – I have one step to go!

Should I stay or should I go?

“If I go, there will be trouble …”
with apologies to the Clash

TI has provided some guidance to help members decide on moving immediately to Pathways or continuing to work on traditional education awards during the 2 year overlap period….

The official document from TI seems to be basically about your progress on the leadership track.

Personally, I believe the decision can best be made considering in addition to the above:

  • What are your goals – both in terms of learning and awards you plan to achieve
  • WHat speeches have you accomplished, exactly
  • Hw long do you plan to stay in Toastmasters

If you need individual advice – just ask!

try Pathways online now! (even before your rollout…)

Curious about what a Pathways project is like online ? – try the iceBreaker here #PathwaysMK
https://www.toastmasters.org/websiteApps/Pathways/tm100101_SCORM12_20151004/tm100101/index.html

Note: you will notice that the “Directions” section expands automatically on many pages of the project – this only happens in Level 1 projects….

Pathways – when is a speech evaluation *not* required?

Yes, it is true…
The club/VP Ed has some leeway here…

In traditional education program, the TI manuals and FAQ are clear:
From the FAQ:
Can I give speeches outside of my club for credit?
Yes. You are allowed to do up to two speeches per manual outside of the club environment for credit toward an educational award, as long as you receive prior approval from your vice president education. You must receive a written and oral evaluation from a Toastmaster, although the Toastmaster does not need to be in the same club as you.

But, according to Pathways Guide training …
….An evaluation can be skipped if that is deemed appropriate by the club and club leadership.

This is an answer a question about “external training” done outside the home club…
And it seems the VP Ed can approve a Pathways level as done if a project has a reason why no evaluation could be done.

So that is new!

Pathways insights – yes some meeting roles are required

Although the Competent Leader (CL) manual is dropped in Pathways … a member must perform several meeting roles to complete a path

These roles include

  • AhCounter (optional)
  • General Evaluator (optional)
  • Grammarian (optional)
  • Timer (optional)
  • Speech Evaluator – required before level 4
  • Toastmaster (meeting chair) – required before level 4
  • TopicsMaster – required before level 4

NOTE 1: th bottom *three* roles are *required* for a member to advance from Level 3 to Level 4 in each path. The member must nter a date for each of those three roles (Speech Evaluator, Toastmaster, TopicsMaster)

NOTE 2: Clubs *may* have a policy that requires a dual member to complete these roles in their club for the VP Ed/BaseCamp Manager to approve completion of Level 3. CLubs may make various local policies of course.

NOTE 3: no written nor oral evaluation is required for these roles, the member must enter the date each role was performed on their “Account” Page … not in their educational transcript…

All about Pathways Badges…

Pathways introduces additional formal/official ways to receive give feedback to members beyond speech evaluations.

First let’s talk badges. Members earn badges for Pathways accomplishments.
Path badges
Path Activated badge – when a path is, well, activated (dimmed look)
  Visionary Communication Activated

Path Proficient badge – when path is completed
(badge file name is …”incomplete”)

  Visionary Communication Proficient
(badge file name is …”completed”)

Level Badges
Just like paths levels have activation badges – replaced with “Level # Achieved”. And they Accumulate with a counter on each. Instead of getting separate Level 1 badges for each path – the “Level 1 Achieved” badge gets a number in the bottom right corner for multiple times that level is completed. There s no “Level 5” Achieved badge – that is what the Path Proficient badge covers.

   
Here is a Level 1 badge after a 2nd Level 1 is completed

Pathways Mentoring program badges – This special program is not part of any path so it has its own activated and completed badges

Give Feedback/Badges to other members:

How that is done will be covered in another blog post – for now here are the FIVE badges which can be given among members:

Enjoy… and stay tuned for more!

Toastmasters Pathways – 60 evaluation guides criteria….

Each Pathways project, each required course and each elective has it’s own project guide and evaluation resource.
Compared to evaluation guides in the CC and Advanced Communications Manuals, Pathways evaluation forms are much more standardized.

These standard Evaluation Criteria are common, rating each category from 1-5 in standard categories
Included in Almost All (

  • Persuasive Speaking does not include any of these
  • Understanding Vocal Variety is completely unique
    I am still reviewing and may find more exceptions)

Categories included in 95% of all evaluations:

  • Clarity
  • Vocal Variety
  • Eye Contact
  • Comfort Level

Also Included in most (over 80%) project Evaluation Guides

  • Gestures
  • Audience Awareness
  • Interest

In addition 0, 1 or 2 other Evaluation Criteria custom sections are included for each project
A common one of these is “Topic” – though the meaning of 1,2,3,4,5 varies with the project

You can see which evaluation criteria are used in each project and access all the evaluation guides here:
https://kleinosky.com/pg/PW_evaluation_guides.php

Sample content from evaluation guide Criteria page:

This criteria lists the specific goals and expectations for the speech. Please review each level to help you complete

the evaluation.

Clarity
5 – Is an exemplary public speaker who is always understood
4 – Excels at communicating using the spoken word
3 – Spoken language is clear and is easily understood
2 – Spoken language is somewhat unclear or challenging to understand
1 – Spoken language is unclear or not easily understood

Vocal Variety
5 – Uses the tools of tone, speed, and volume to perfection
4 – Excels at using tone, speed, and volume as tools
3 – Uses tone, speed, and volume as tools
2 – Use of tone, speed, and volume requires further practice
1 – Ineffective use of tone, speed, and volume

Eye Contact
5 – Uses eye contact to convey emotion and elicit response
4 – Uses eye contact to gauge audience reaction and response
3 – Effectively uses eye contact to engage audience
2 – Eye contact with audience needs improvement
1 – Makes little or no eye contact with audience

Gestures
5 – Fully integrates physical gestures with content to deliver an exemplary speech
4 – Uses physical gestures as a tool to enhance speech
3 – Uses physical gestures effectively
2 – Uses somewhat distracting or limited gestures
1 – Uses very distracting gestures or no gestures

Audience Awareness
5 – Engages audience completely and anticipates audience needs
4 – Is fully aware of audience engagement/needs and responds effectively
3 – Demonstrates awareness of audience engagement and needs
2 – Audience engagement or awareness of audience requires further practice
1 – Makes little or no attempt to engage audience or meet audience needs

Comfort Level
5 – Appears completely self-assured with the audience
4 – Appears fully at ease with the audience
3 – Appears comfortable with the audience
2 – Appears uncomfortable with the audience
1 – Appears highly uncomfortable with the audience

Interest
5 – Fully engages audience with exemplary, well-constructed content
4 – Engages audience with highly compelling, well-constructed content
3 – Engages audience with interesting, well-constructed content
2 – Content is interesting but not well-constructed or is well-constructed but not interesting
1 – Content is neither interesting nor well-constructed

Topic
5 – Delivers an exemplary speech about … (project specific)
4 – Delivers a compelling speech about … (project specific)
3 – … (project specific)
2 – Mentions some… (project specific)
1 – Speaks on a topic other than … (project specific)