Getting the Best From Pathways

This page helps you ask the right questions about Pathways – and then answer them for your members, including yourself.

Working With Pathways

The three videos below will give a good idea, but they are no substitute for discussing the subject with your mentor or (if not assigned) your Vice President of Education. They are there to help you.

1. Setup your account

Get your account set up and login for the first time.

2. Start your first speech project

Everyone starts with the Icebreaker, which introduces you to your club. Learn how to get started with it.

3. Finally, complete your Self Evaluation

Congratulations on giving your first speech! Learn what to do afterwards to complete your project.

You’re right, but the features are the same. Pathways is not static, but changes based on your evaluations and questions. You asked for more features to be available with a single click; the response (as at July 2021) is here.

If you are a Manager in your club (President, VP Education or Secretary), you have a choice – log in as a member or as a Base Camp Manager (BCM).

As a Manager, you can do four things:

  • Approve (see next section) level completion and external training requests using the “Pending Requests” tile (watch the training video – 9 minutes)
  • View and print level completion certificates (4 minute training video)
  • View and export the reports available using the “Member Progress” tile (watch the training video – 9 minutes)
  • View tutorials on best practice as a BCM

The most common one is the same as it was in the old programme – you’re not satisfied the member has met all the requirements. You can, for example, ask to see the evaluations for all the projects in the level. Rather than decline straight away, you may prefer to ask the member to supply the evidence of project completion – normally the evaluation sheets.

You can also check the club’s reports, but bear in mind you will only see the results for members who have your club defined as their “home” club.

Probably nothing unless the person is a member of only one club. If they belong to more than one, they can mark any club as their current “home club” – if that is not your club, you won’t be able to see them.

Ask the member to set your club as their “home” – assuming they want to award the DCP recognition to you using Club Central.

You always have to remember that Pathways was originally a corporate learning system and assumed people only worked for one “company”. Think, also, of each club as a “company”.

The key difference is that Pathways makes the award to the person; Toastmasters awards to the club through the Distinguished Club Program (DCP). In order to register the award, the level completion has to be recognised by both Base Camp and Club Central.

In practice, it does not matter which club approves the Pathways award, but as each award contributes to the DCP, you should always check with the member if the point should go to your club. Don’t assume they meant to award the point to your club just because it was set as their “home” when they asked for approval in Base Camp.

The two systems are necessary as until mid-2020 the old and new education programs were running together. That is no longer the case – but until the system reflects the single system, the process requires entries in both Base Camp and Club Central.

Each project opens in a pop-up window. If your browser is set to disable that window, you can’t open the project – or at best, you’ll be nagged about disabling the blocker.

Members may be worried that allowing pop-ups reduces their security – they may not realise that you can allow pop-ups from specific websites. Pathways asks you to allow pop-ups from toastmasters.csod.com.

The procedure varies between browsers and even between versions of the same browser. The easiest way is to search for the current version for your browser; for example in Google Chrome, search for “chrome disable pop-ups”.

There is no real substitute for reading around the subject.

Pathways consists of “Learning Paths”, and each path has its own set of projects. All members can choose at least one free path; while TI has a lot of information about doing this, several Districts, including our own, have published resources aimed at minimising the amount of reading while deciding which path to choose. The following are here for no other reason than they have been found to be useful alternatives.

  • Paths and Projects – a web page compiled by District 4, and a great example of good web design; it provides an up-to-date overall summary that is simple to use
  • Learn from those dedicated to making Pathways work – I was looking for a simple resource to help me choose a path and found some great tips here, but there is much more. Take time to explore the postings for each month.
  • How to choose a path – an article from the last item that gives some really useful tips

As a member, talk to your Base Camp Manager first. As a BCM, you can contact the Pathways Champions Group, which acts as an information resource about the programme. The group has its own webpage, which you can find here