Are there different levels in each learning path?Back to Top
Yes. Each path is made up of five levels of increasing complexity. The program is designed this way so you’re always building on what you learned in the previous level. All learning paths contain the following levels:
Level 1: Mastering Fundamentals
Level 2: Learning Your Style
Level 3: Increasing Knowledge
Level 4: Building Skills
Level 5: Demonstrating Expertise
Will the Distinguished Toastmaster award (DTM) still exist in Pathways? If so, are the requirements different for earning the DTM award in Pathways?Back to Top
Yes, you can still earn the DTM award in Pathways, and it will still represent the highest level of educational achievement in Toastmasters.
The new requirements for the DTM award will be:
- Complete two learning paths.
- Serve as a club officer for 12 months. (If your club has six-month terms for officers, you can fulfill this requirement by serving as a club officer twice, but you don’t have to do it in consecutive terms.)
- Serve as a club mentor or coach.
- Serve as a club sponsor or conduct a Speechcraft or Youth Leadership program.
- Serve as a district officer for one year.
- Complete the capstone DTM project. (Members are required to create and implement a project of their own design, in which they demonstrate the skills and expertise they have gained.)
Is Pathways only available online?Back to Top
Pathways gives you the flexibility to learn online or in print. Using Base Camp—Pathways’ online learning management system—you’ll have access to engaging learning tools, including videos, interactive quizzes and activities, feedback and recognition, useful tips and more. Choose from 10 unique learning paths that are accessible online. If you prefer to work in print, select paths are available in full-color, professionally bound materials.
Why is Pathways Valuable to Me?Back to Top
The many benefits to members will include:
- A learning experience tailored to your personal and professional goals
- The opportunity to develop many skills relevant to an evolving global marketplace
- Recognition of educational achievements that will come earlier and more frequently
- New technological resources to improve speeches and support meeting roles
- Online access to educational materials
- Videos that model the skills you are learning
How will I know which learning path is right for me?Back to Top
If you choose to access Pathways using Base Camp, you will take an online assessment of your skills, interests and goals. Once you’re finished, the assessment will recommend the three paths that best match your responses. If you don’t want to work in a recommended path, you may select whichever path you prefer.
When will Pathways arrive in my region?Back to Top
Pathways will roll out in phases to enable the Pathways launch team to manage the program’s capacity and make adjustments as needed to adequately support members. After the first phase—the program pilot—is complete, Pathways will roll out by region in eight subsequent phases:
- Pilot Program: Districts 57, 27 and 51
- Rollout 2: Region 14
- Rollout 3: Region 2
- Rollout 4: Regions 6 and 7
- Rollout 5: Regions 10 and 12
- Rollout 6: Regions 1 and 11
- Rollout 7: Regions 4 and 13
- Rollout 8: Regions 3 and 5
- Rollout 9: Regions 8, 9, undistricted clubs and online clubs
The rollout order is based on several factors, including a region’s size, the availability of translated materials and ensuring a mix of both international and North American regions. Once Pathways has rolled in out every region, there will be a two-year transition period in which the current education program and Pathways will operate simultaneously.
How many learning paths are there?Back to Top
- Motivational Strategies
- Presentation Mastery
- Leadership Development
- Innovative Planning
- Visionary Communication
- Strategic Relationships
- Dynamic Leadership
- Persuasive Influence
- Effective Coaching
- Team Collaboration
What is Base Camp?Back to Top
Base Camp is your online gateway to Pathways, where you will find everything you need on your journey. Here you can work on projects, track your progress, connect with members of your club and view badges and certificates you’ll earn along the way. Base Camp also features resources to help guide you, including videos, quizzes, interactive activities and more.
How many projects are in a learning path?Back to Top
Each learning path includes a minimum of 14 projects. These projects span a range of topics, and each project includes at least one speech.
Will the work I’ve done toward an education award in the current program transfer to Pathways?Back to Top
No. Your progress toward awards won’t be transferable because the projects and structure of learning are so different in the two programs. This applies to the DTM award as well. However, you will still have plenty of time to complete any awards you are currently working toward. After Pathways rolls out in the last region, there will be a two-year transition period to allow everyone the opportunity to complete their work and move over to Pathways.
When will Pathways launch?Back to Top
Pathways will launch at the beginning of 2017 in a phased rollout. After the program pilot, in which three districts will participate, Pathways will roll out by region. There will be a transition period in which the current education program and Pathways will run concurrently. That period will last for two years after the last region rollout.
Why is the education program changing?Back to Top
In the 2010 strategic plan, the Toastmasters Board of Directors called for the education program to be revitalized. The Board stressed the need to modernize the communication track as well as renew the focus on leadership learning in the leadership track.
The current education program has served Toastmasters for many years. However, much of the communication track hasn’t been updated since the 1970s. The Toastmasters Pathways learning experience is not a departure from the current program, because it builds on the established educational foundation. Pathways is a modernized learning experience suited to our changing global society. It offers you more benefits and more opportunities to learn, grow and meet personal and professional goals. You now have the opportunity to develop additional skills you can use not just in your club, but at your job or in your community as well.
If you would like to learn more about the history and development of Pathways, watch this video series.
Is Base Camp easy to use?Back to Top
Yes! Base Camp is very user-friendly. The Pathways team conducted tests with users of all types to ensure Base Camp is easy to use and intuitive for everyone.
How will Pathways change my club experience?Back to Top
Pathways was designed to keep club meetings at the center of your Toastmasters experience. The biggest changes you’ll experience are the new opportunities to grow more skills and master additional competencies. You can still expect the same support from your fellow club members and the familiar structure of your club meetings.