How do I use MasteryPaths in course modules?

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The Canvas MasteryPaths feature allows you or a course designer to customize learning experiences to students based on student performance. With MasteryPaths, you identify activities for each student’s learning path and differentiate assignments for required learning, optional learning, or choosing their own content and assignments within a specific path, which helps them achieve course mastery.

MasteryPaths is based on differentiated assignments, which allows targeted learning activities to be assigned to different users and sections. With MasteryPaths, assignments are differentiated to individual students automatically and no additional work is required aside from grading student assignments as usual. After the initial assignment has been graded (either manually or automatically), the student’s score designates which conditional items(s) they are assigned as a learning path.

When creating MasteryPaths, source assignments and all differentiated course items should be created, and differentiated items should be designated as conditional items before publishing the course.

Weighted Grading

If you use weighted grading in your course, additional course work may affect student's total grades. However, grade calculations are based on the assignments assigned to and completed by the student; students are not penalized for any assignments that are not assigned to them. If you are concerned about grade variances with point values, you may want to review the conditional assignments assigned to each MasteryPath and try to balance out grading totals in each path. Additionally you could evaluate student progress and add individual students to assignments as necessary that they can complete to improve their grade.

Notes:

  • MasteryPaths is currently a course opt-in feature. To enable this feature, learn how to manage feature options in the course features lesson.
  • If your institution uses a student information system (SIS) and requires due dates for assignments, any MasteryPaths assignments assigned to one or more students are currently not validated. Please use with caution when syncing to your SIS.
  • Currently MasteryPaths does not support association with outcomes.

Open Modules

Open Modules

In Course Navigation, click the Modules link.

Add Course Modules

Add Course Modules

The MasteryPath process currently only originates from the course Modules page. Before you can designate source assignments and conditional items for a MasteryPath, all course assignments and pages should be developed and added to Modules as module items. MasteryPaths can be created from module structures in existing courses or new course content.

Indenting module items can be used to help organize the module's structure and visually show which items should be conditional items in a MasteryPath.

Any graded assignment, graded discussion, or graded quiz may be used as the source content for a MasteryPath. A student's source content score determines which conditional item(s) they are assigned.

Any course item except for practice quizzes and ungraded surveys may be designated as a conditional item in a MasteryPath.

Note: In MasteryPaths, module prerequisites and requirements are not required, but they are encouraged to guide course organization and conditional paths.

Allow Page Content

Allow Page Content

Because content pages do not require grading, content pages cannot be used as source content and can only be added to a MasteryPath as conditional content. However, a page must be allowed for MasteryPaths before it can be added as a conditional item.

Add Conditional Items

Add Conditional Items

A MasteryPath originates from an assignment assigned to everyone, such as a pre-test or an introductory assignment.  

The MasteryPaths configuration page allows you to add conditional content items to the source content item. Conditional content items are selected from the list of module items you have already added to the module. These items are then assigned to specific students through conditional rules in three scoring ranges. After the source content assignment has been graded (either manually or automatically), the student’s score designates which conditional item(s) they are assigned as a learning path.

Assign Items to MasteryPaths

Assign Items to MasteryPaths

By default, assignments in Canvas are assigned to Everyone, which means all students will be able to view the assignment in their Modules page. Once conditional content items have been added to a MasteryPath, the conditional assignments must be assigned to Mastery Paths. The Mastery Paths assignment designates the assignment for conditional release only, and the assignment will only display to students whose source content scores fall in a range that releases the conditional assignment to them.

Release Conditional Items

  Release Conditional Items

When you create MasteryPaths for your course, students see content added to their Modules page as they move through the course. When the course begins, they will only be able to see items that have been published and assigned to Everyone or assigned specifically to them. In contrast, courses that do not use MasteryPaths display all content in the Module, even if the content is locked.

Once a MasteryPath source assignment has been graded (either automatically by Canvas or manually in SpeedGrader), the conditional item(s) will automatically display in the student’s Modules page based on the source item’s scoring range.

If a MasteryPath source assignment scoring range includes an Or option, students must choose which conditional item(s) they wish to complete before proceeding.

Notes:

  • If you set a requirement that module items must be completed in order, when a student completes a MasteryPath that requires any manual grading, all subsequent module items will be locked for the student until the MasteryPath is graded.
  • If you regrade a source assignment after a student chooses a MasteryPath option, and the regrade puts the student in a different conditional item range, they will have to complete the conditional item(s) in the reassigned MasteryPath before advancing through the module.

View Student Path Assignment

View Student Path Assignment

When a student is assigned or selects a conditional item, the conditional assignment automatically adds the student’s name to the assignment as being differentiated to that student.

View MasteryPath Breakdown

View MasteryPath Breakdown

Once students complete a source content item for a MasteryPath, you can view the MasteryPaths breakdown. Each scoring range includes a link that shows the number of students in each range. You can click the name of a student in the range, view the student’s source content submission and score, and send a message to the student.

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