Pathways Node Types and Settings

In more complex pathways you may want different requirements to be satisfied at specific points, or to portray a variety of options to complete the pathway. Use 'Node Types' to determine how a node behaves in your pathway.



Root Node: This is the end-goal credential that your pathway builds to and will always be located at the far right. This does not change relative to which other node you have selected.

Parent Node: This is closer to the root node relative to the nodes branching off of it.

Child Node: Will branch off to the left of a parent node.

Sibling Node:  Sits at the same distance from a parent node.

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What is a Node?

A node is a container inside a pathway that can have multiple groups assigned to it and other settings to indicate a pathway's progress. 

Nodes give a learner steps to achieve a high-stakes credential like a diploma or a job title.

Node Settings

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When selecting a node, the Setting menu will appear to the right. This will allow you to customize the behavior of the node as well as add additional information. Below we will go over each of these settings.

Types of Nodes

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Root Node

All pathways will start with a root node. There is only one root node within each pathway.

Within this node, you can select a group that will automatically issue a credential once all other nodes have been completed.  

This is where you will often put a diploma or other end goal for your pathway.

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The node will not be required as a Prerequisite to progress to the parent node. 

Default nodes can be used for secondary studies or courses that align with the pathway goal but are not necessary to complete.


Note: If the Default node contains 'Required' elements, this node must be completed to complete the whole pathway.

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The Parent node cannot be completed until the Child node is complete.

'Required' nodes are core parts of the pathway that allow recipients to see what is needed to complete their goal. 

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This node is one of the options a recipient may do to complete the parent node. However, if they choose to complete/earn other options, they may not have to complete this node at all.

Optional nodes are similar to None Node and can be used for secondary studies or courses that align with the pathway goal, but not all are needed.


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On Completion

Within a pathway, there may be additional Milestones you would like to reward your recipients once completed.

Within the node, you are able to assign a credential group to be auto-issued when all the requirements in a node are met.


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Completion Requirements


Groups listed under Required must be completed within the pathway. Required groups must be completed to progress the pathway even if they are under an 'Optional' node.


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These are Groups that can be done but are not required for the Completion of the pathway. Optional Groups can be set to have a minimum item requirement. This can be used if you have a list of groups that can be completed, but not all are needed to reach the pathway's end goal.


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Prerequisites will be displayed when selecting a parent node that has 'Required' child nodes. These will need to be done in order for the parent node to be completed.



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