Pathways Updates and Maintenance Schedule
Pathways, the Toastmasters education program, is designed to help members build public speaking, communication, and leadership skills. Members access educational materials digitally through Base Camp, the online system where Pathways lives.
Toastmasters is dedicated to continually improving the Pathways learning experience. Our teams have thoroughly reviewed member feedback and are applying that feedback to create an improved experience. As we create plans for system updates and new materials, they will be posted here, along with any planned Base Camp outages.
The goal of this page is to share what is being worked on and ensure you can plan your personal education or trainings around enhancements and outages on Base Camp. Below, you will find current or future Pathways updates.
2024 - Base Camp Outage
As previously announced (see below) a new Base Camp user experience is coming in 2024 to support members in a smooth and seamless experience accessing Pathways education content.
To ensure a smooth transition to the new system, there are a few important things for you to know. There will be a period of time when Base Camp is unavailable while we upgrade to the new system. During this time, no member education achievements can be submitted on Base Camp or in Club Central. This will ensure that member education progress is transferred correctly to the new system. This page will be updated with the specific timeframe a few weeks before the outage.
- Base Camp Completions and Approvals
- If you are a member of more than one club, make sure you submit your levels or paths for completion with the club that you wish to receive the Distinguished Club Program credit.
- If you've completed any projects that are not showing as complete on Base Camp, mark them complete.
- If you've completed any levels or paths that have not been submitted on Base Camp, submit them for approval now and ensure your Vice President Education knows they're ready to be approved.
- If you have any pending approvals on Base Camp, talk with your Vice President Education and ensure that they approve them as soon as possible and submit them in Club Central.
- Club Central Submissions
- Confirm that all level and path completions you've achieved are recorded in Club Central by checking your Education Awards in the Achievement Board section of My Home.
- If you've completed a level or path that is not showing in your Education Awards, talk with your Vice President Education and ensure they submit them in Club Central.
- If a project, level, or path completion is recorded only outside of Base Camp and Club Central, Toastmasters International is not aware of the completion. This means it won't be transferred into the new LMS and the completion will be lost.
In preparation for this Base Camp outage, club officers must ensure that all education achievements submitted by members are verified and approved on both Base Camp and Club Central. If a level or path has been marked complete on Base Camp but has not been submitted in Club Central at the time of the LMS data transition, the item will not be marked complete in the new Base Camp. If a level or path is submitted on Club Central but has not been marked complete on Base Camp, the item will be marked complete in the new Base Camp.
To ensure that member credit is reflected accurately in the new Base Camp and clubs receive correct DCP credit, take the following steps now:
- Check Base Camp for any pending approvals. If the member completed requirements for the level or path, approve the completion on Base Camp and additionally submit to Club Central now. If the member belongs to more than one club, you must confirm which club they would like to receive DCP credit for the completion.
- Review your records and confirm that all level and path completions have been approved on Base Camp and submitted in Club Central.
- Sometimes, club officers will record a level completion in one of these places and forget to ensure it is tracked in the other. After the transition to the new LMS, you will only need to do this in one place—on Base Camp! In the meantime, it's important to ensure all member completions are in both Base Camp and Club Central for a successful transition.
- If your club has done any tracking outside of Base Camp (on platforms such as EasySpeak), make sure that members complete all projects on Base Camp and that level and path completions are recorded on Base Camp and Club Central.
- If a project, level, or path completion is recorded only outside of Base Camp and Club Central, Toastmasters International is not aware of the completion. This means it won't be transferred into the new LMS, and the completion will be lost.
- Between now and the Base Camp outage early next year, review and approve level and path completions as soon as they are submitted by members.
- You will have an easier time navigating the system, launching your path, and working through projects.
- You will be able to access Pathways on your mobile phone, with a mobile app to follow in the future.
- When your completed path is approved, it will automatically be submitted for recognition in Club Central.
- Pathways will be accessible to members who are Visually Impaired.
- You will be able to share your accomplishments across social media platforms, including LinkedIn.
- The World Headquarters team will be able to provide you with updates to content more frequently.
- Dynamic Leadership
- Engaging Humor
- Motivational Strategies
- Presentation Mastery
- Persuasive Influence
- Visionary Communication
- Simplified Chinese
2024 - New Base Camp User Experience
In the first half of 2024, Toastmasters will launch a new learning management system (LMS), the online portal where members access and engage with Pathways content. Since Pathways first launched , members have shared that while the educational content is exemplary, the online platform where content is accessed presents many challenges and frustrations. To best address member concerns and feedback, Toastmasters is migrating Base Camp to a new LMS provider. The new LMS platform will improve your experience and include enhancements:
Overall, projects in the new LMS will have an updated look and navigational feel and will include minor content updates to stay up to date.
The new LMS will launch with six paths:
If a member has already purchased one of these paths, they will automatically get the updated Level 1 content when the platform transitions to the new LMS.
Any member already working in a different path before the launch of the new LMS will still be able to access their educational content, complete projects, and submit for level and path completions directly from the new LMS. Project content and navigational functionality simply won't be updated like the rest of Pathways. Instead, when members in these paths login to the new LMS and access their path, the projects will have the same look and feel we're familiar with from our current system.
Following the launch of the new LMS, there will also be a completely new learning experience offering, called explorations, to give you more flexibility in what and how you learn. These explorations will each consist of a small collection of projects that provide targeted focus on a specific topic. Look for more information about explorations after the launch of the new LMS!
The new LMS will launch with paths available in six languages:
Any member that purchases a path in a different language before the launch of the new LMS will still be able to access educational content, complete projects, and receive credit for path and level completions, the content simply won't look like updated Pathways content. Members working in these languages will use an English path to track progress. However, PDFs of all projects in their path will be available for download from the resources page on Base Camp. This aligns with the process that those working in languages supported through the District Translation Program are already using today. Reference guides will be provided to support members in accessing projects and marking their levels and paths completed.
World Headquarters will work closely with the District Translation Program for new content to be translated and available in other languages. If you would like to work with your District and World Headquarters on a volunteer basis to translate Pathways or other Toastmasters items into a language that is currently unavailable, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
The Board of Directors decided which paths and languages to offer in Pathways with the new LMS launch after analyzing member feedback and engagement levels with current path and language offerings. Adjusting the number of paths offered also lays a foundation for more comprehensive content changes that are coming to the education program in the future.
You can also visit the Education Program FAQ page.
July 2023 - Base Camp Outage
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. MT on July 21st, 2023.
March 2023 - Base Camp Outage
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. MT on March 17, 2023.
February 2023 - Base Camp Outage
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance starting at 5 p.m. Mountain Time (MT) on February 22, 2023 until 2 a.m. MT on February 23, 2023.
November 2022 - District Translation Program Updates
As of November 2022, the District Translations program has official launched, and Pathways projects are available in the following languages as part of this program: Hindi (Levels 1 and 2), Italian (Levels 1 and 2), Polish (Level 1), and Romanian (all paths). The District Translations program involves District volunteers working closely with the Toastmasters Translations department to translate materials into approved languages. Pathways projects available as part of the District Translations program can be accessed on the Tutorials and Resources page on Base Camp. Members track their progress and credit using an official digital path but can work out of these PDFs in their desired language.
November 2022 - Base Camp Maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on November 4th, 2022.
August 2022 - Base Camp Maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on August 5th, 2022.
May 2022 - Base Camp Outage
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on May 13, 2022.
March 2022 - The Navigator in Additional Languages
On March 29, 2022, the online Navigator was released in eight additional languages, making it available in all languages officially supported by Toastmasters: Arabic, English, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese, Spanish, Tamil, and Traditional Chinese. Members can access The Navigator in their preferred language from their profile page on the Toastmasters website.
February 2022 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on February 25, 2022.
January 2022 - Six More Tamil Paths
On January 4, 2022, the following six paths were made available in Tamil: Dynamic Leadership, Innovative Planning, Motivational Strategies, Persuasive Influence, Strategic Relationships, and Team Collaboration. Additionally, electives newly released in Tamil were added to the four previously available Tamil paths. Members who purchased these paths prior to the update can now access the newly added electives in their in-progress path(s).
January 2022 - Polish District Translations
In January 2022, Level 1 Pathways projects became available in Polish as part of the District Translations program pilot. This program allows Districts to translate Pathways projects and other Toastmasters materials into both supported and unsupported languages. Members translating these items work closely with Toastmasters’ Translations Department related to the standards, process, and guides for using Pathways materials. Members working in Polish or other approved languages (currently Hindi, Italian, and Romanian) will track their progress and credit using an official digital path but can work out of these PDFs in their desired language.
October 2021 - New Level 1 Projects
A new and revised Pathways Level 1 was released in online English paths on October 27, 2021. The new Level 1 includes two new projects that join a revised Ice Breaker and Evaluation and Feedback. Writing a Speech with Purpose and Introduction to Vocal Variety and Body Language will help teach new members basic public speaking skills right away and set them up for success on their Toastmasters journey. The Researching and Presenting project is now an elective in Level 3. All English paths purchased on or after October 27, 2021 include the new Level 1. Paths in progress or already completed will continue with the previous Level 1 projects.
October 2021 - Level 1 Navigation Updates
Updates to address feedback from members about navigating and marking projects complete were applied to the new and revised Level 1 projects released on October 27, 2021.
October 2021 - Base Camp Outage
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on October 29, 2021.
August 2021 - District Translations
A new District Translations program pilot was launched that allows Districts to translate Pathways projects and other Toastmasters materials into both supported and unsupported languages. Languages currently available include Hindi, Italian, and Romanian. Additional languages will be added. Members translating these items work closely with Toastmasters’ Translations Department related to the standards, process, and guides for using Pathways materials. For approved languages, Pathways projects are available on the Tutorials and Resources page on Base Camp. Members will track their progress and credit using an official digital path but can work out of these PDFs in their desired language.
July 2021 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on July 30, 2021. Following this maintenance, Internet Explorer 11 and Microsoft Edge Legacy are no longer be supported on Base Camp. While members may be able to access Base Camp using these browsers, it is recommended to use a supported browser, as some features may not function as expected, or loading times may be slower. Supported browsers include the latest version of: Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox, and Google Chrome.
April 2021 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 p.m. Mountain Time on April 30, 2021.
March 2021 - New Base Camp tutorials
An additional five Base Camp tutorials were made available on Base Camp and YouTube in mid-March.
March 2021 - Tutorial transcripts
Transcripts of the Base Camp tutorials were made available on the Tutorials and Resources page on Base Camp in late March. These transcripts serve as companion pieces for those who are hard-of-hearing and/or would like to read along with the tutorials.
February 2021 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 Mountain Time to February 19, 2021.
December 2020 - Path Deployment updates
Bug fixes were implemented to path deployment to ensure all members receive their Pathways paths in a timely manner.
December 2020 - Base Camp tutorials
Fifteen new Base Camp tutorials, featuring the new Base Camp home page, were made available on Base Camp and YouTube between June and December, 2020.
October 2020 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 Mountain Time to October 30, 2020.
August 2020 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance from 6 to 11:59 Mountain Time to August 7, 2020.
May 2020 - Base Camp homepage redesign
The new Base Camp homepage, designed to be easier to find your Paths, was released on May 28, 2020.
May 2020 - Base Camp maintenance
Base Camp was down for scheduled maintenance on May 8, 2020. This maintenance included an improvement that members will notice when launching tutorials or resources. These items continue to open in a new tab or window, but the primary tab or window remains on the Training Details page for the item.
April 2020 - Additional paths in Tamil and Korean
Effective Coaching and Visionary Communication were made available in Tamil and Korean on April 29, 2020.
December 2019 - First two paths in Tamil and Korean
Leadership Development and Presentation Mastery were made available in Tamil and Korean. The digital Navigator was also made available in these languages.
December 2019 - New look for path selection
Selecting a path from the Toastmasters profile was given a refreshed, streamlined, and more intuitive look.