Pathways FAQs

Q. What happens to chartering clubs when Pathways rolls out?
A. Clubs that begin the chartering process within 60 days of the Pathways rollout will receive a new charter kit designed specifically for Pathways that includes:
[1] A brochure about Toastmasters.
[2] A copy of The Navigator, which informs clubs about the Pathways learning experience and what to expect in their club.
[3] The Fundamentals of Public Speaking, which includes three projects modeled after Pathways projects.
Members can complete the Pathways Ice Breaker and receive credit once they charter. This is done by submitting the Ice Breaker Completion Request form.
For more information about charting clubs under Pathways, please email the New Clubs team.

Q. Can I receive Pathways credit for a High-Performance Leadership project I completed in the traditional education program?
A. No. Your completed High-Performance Leadership (HPL) project cannot be used for credit in Pathways, regardless of whether it was applied toward an education award or not. For more information about the Distinguished Toastmaster (DTM) Award in the traditional program or Pathways, please visit the DTM award page. 
https://www.toastmasters.org/Education/Pathways/FAQ 

Q. If Pathways is anticipated to be rollout in District 65 around say May 15, 2018, can any of the members of clubs in District 65 have prior access to Pathways online? As in a few weeks beforehand?
A. No one in the district – not the trio, not the Pathways Guides nor Pathways Ambassadors will have access to Pathways before launch. The WHQ has been asked about this and the response is that it’s not feasible with the system that they have in place.

Q. What are the costs associated with Pathways?
A. Your regular membership dues cover the cost of your first path, however, if you choose the printed materials option for your path, there is a $25 printing fee. The cost for an additional path is $20, and if you elect to work in printed materials, the $25 printing fee also applies. If you are working in one path and decide to switch to another path, you do not need to pay an additional $20 as long as you make the exchange within 30 days of the original purchase. The $25 fee you pay for a path with printed materials is not refundable. Remember: you can always print out copies of the Pathways materials on your own, at no charge. If you are enrolled in Pathways online, you can print out any of the materials on Base Camp.

Q. When do the Pathways Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals take effect? After Pathways rolls out in my district, can we use DCP goals from both programs?
A. The Pathways DCP goals take effect when Pathways rolls out in a region [District 65 is in Region 9]. As soon as your district has access to Pathways, you may begin using the new DCP goals. However, during the two-year transition period, clubs can combine goals from the traditional education program and Pathways. For example, a club could earn one DCP point for achieving four Level 1s and a second DCP point for achieving two CCs. For more information about the DCP in Pathways, please see FAQ #19, located on the Pathways FAQ.

Q. What are the benefits of experiencing Pathways on base camp versus printed materials?
A. Base Camp gives you a more robust learning experience. You can access your path online from anywhere with an internet connection, choose from all ten available paths, watch videos, complete activities and quizzes, download printable versions of your projects and resources, store your speech evaluations, give feedback to members of your club and earn badges.
Printed materials are shipped from Toastmasters International World Headquarters. You have fewer path options and cannot view the videos or complete the activities and quizzes on your path.
You can log in to Base Camp to see your path completion badges, print certificates and download and print resources.
note: Access to Base Camp for members will be after the rollout of Pathways in the district. [In D-65 it is anticipated to be around May 15, 2018]

Q. If a member completed an HPL project in the current ‘Traditional’ program, can it be applied towards an HPL in Level 5 in Pathways?
A. No, it’s not the same thing, as the objectives are different and the WHQ has confirmed that they are not interchangeable.

Q. Am I required to upload my completed evaluation resource on Base Camp in order for my project to be marked complete?
A. No, members are not required to upload their completed evaluation resources on Base Camp. Projects will automatically be marked complete once you have worked through the project content, including the before and after Assess Your Skills sections.
When your Base Camp manager [VP Education] verifies the completion of a level, they will confirm that you met every requirement within that level, including presenting speeches and receiving evaluations. The process for this verification is determined individually by each club. You can also store your completed evaluations on Base Camp by adding them to your documents folders. These folders are private and only visible to you, and they cannot be accessed by other club members or the Base Camp manager.

Q. What are the most popular paths in Pathways?
A. Currently, the three most popular paths are:
1. Innovative Planning
2. Presentation Mastery
3. Dynamic Leadership
[Visit the link below for more information on each of the 10 Paths and its projects, and the 5 Core Competencies].

Q. If I’m currently working toward education awards in the traditional education program, can I still begin Pathways now and work in both programs at the same time?
A. Yes! If you are already working toward an education award in the traditional education program when Pathways arrives in your district, you can start a path and work in both programs at the same time.

Q. If I reinstate my membership after months or years of inactivity, and Pathways has already rolled out in my district, can I complete a CC manual I already started, or will I automatically have to work in Pathways?
A. If you reinstate after Pathways launches in your district, you are welcome to continue working in the traditional education program, or begin Pathways, or work in both programs until the two-year transition period ends.

Q. What happens to chartering clubs when Pathways rolls out?
Clubs that begin the chartering process within 60 days of the Pathways rollout will receive a new charter kit designed specifically for Pathways that includes:
A brochure about Toastmasters.

1. A copy of The Navigator, which informs clubs about the Pathways learning experience and what to expect in their club.
2. The Fundamentals of Public Speaking, which includes three projects modeled after Pathways projects.
3. Members can complete the Pathways Ice Breaker and receive credit once they charter. This is done by submitting the Ice Breaker Completion Request form.

Q. When do the Pathways Distinguished Club Program (DCP) goals take effect? After Pathways rolls out in my district, can we use DCP goals from both programs?
A. The Pathways DCP goals take effect when Pathways rolls out in a region. As soon as your district has access to Pathways, you may begin using the new DCP goals. However, during the two-year transition period, clubs can combine goals from the traditional education program and Pathways. For example, a club could earn one DCP point for achieving four Level 1s and a second DCP point for achieving two CCs. For more information about the DCP in Pathways, please see FAQ #19, located in the Pathways FAQ.

Q. What are reasons that members give for jumping or not jumping into Pathways?
A. New and younger members are excited about Pathways. Many who had barely started with the traditional program have ditched the traditional program in favor of Pathways, where there are more choices, more options and the benefit of working in an online version environment. Some members, mix and match the two programs. Some want to understand how Pathways works so they can help lead the way. At the same time, if some members that can complete their DTM in the next two years [the transition period] that would be great. Many are not wedded to having the credential. They would rather enjoy the journey and encourage the growth of their club.

Q. What incentives are there for veteran Toastmasters who have attained DTM award?
A. In Pathways, members will earn recognition sooner and more often than in the current program. Certificates of recognition and digital badges are awarded upon the completion of each level. Additionally, in the traditional education program, many members repeat the Competent Leader [CL] and Competent Communicator [CC] manuals to earn additional DTMs. In Pathways, they have the opportunity to complete different paths or unique electives and learn even more than in the traditional education program.

Q. Can a club select two Vice President Education (VPE) officers during the transition of Pathways? One VPE to support members on the legacy program and one VPE for Pathways. Could both members receive club officer credit for a single transition year?
A. If you would like to have an assistant VPE who helps with VPE responsibilities, while also learning about the role, you are welcome to do so. However, credit is given to only one member per office. You may have only one VPE on record with World Head Quarters.

Q.Vice President Education [VPE] seems to be more important in Pathways than in our current education system. And there were cases that we couldn’t contact VPE for months. He / She was just disappeared. What is your suggestion?
A. The VPE’s role in Pathways is to verify member education, just as it is in the traditional program. To verify education in Pathways, the VPE simply uses the Base Camp manager page rather than signing manuals. If the VPE is ever unavailable, the president and secretary can complete Base Camp manager tasks.

Q. My understanding is that a club VPE can approve his/her own level and path completion. Am I right?
A. Just like in Club Central, VPEs can approve their own level completions, but it is against policy to do so. [Its also unethical]. This is an important reason for the Base Camp manager duties to be shared among the president, VPE, and secretary. As they would in signing a manual, another club officer should approve the VPE’s level completions.

Q. I pay dues twice a year. Why don’t I receive a new path every time I pay dues?
A. Dues cover your ongoing membership as well as services provided to you, your club and your district. In Pathways, each new member receives one free path, just like you received a Competent Communication (CC) and Competent Leadership (CL) manual without any additional costs when you joined the traditional education program. Additional paths must be purchased individually in Pathways, similar to the traditional education program, which requires you to pay for additional manuals beyond the CC and the CL.

Q. What are the challenges transitioning more seasoned/advanced speakers to Pathways?
A. Change is always a challenge … think of going from a rotary phone to a touch-tone phone to a cell phone to a smartphone. The Mikey phrase, ‘Try it, you’ll like it’ comes to mind. When DCP was first introduced, many opposed it, but now we all know how it promotes education and growth of each member.

Q. Will anything from my current education track carry over to the new education track?
A. No. All designations achieved under the current program will be stored in the TI database. Pathways designations will be stored in Base Camp. All achievements will be saved by TI.

Q. Will every member (new and existing) receive The Navigator, or will they need to download it and print it?
A. Every member will NOT receive the Navigator. The club VPE will receive a hard copy of the Navigator as well a flash-drive, which also has the Navigator, as part of the rollout kit. In addition, the Navigator is also available on the District 65 website for members to review and/or download.

Q. If I choose an online path, which means my learning materials are all digital, why do I still need to pay for Pathways if I’m not receiving manuals and other printed materials?
A. While it’s true that members who choose a path on Base Camp will not receive physical manuals or materials, Pathways gives you access to a richer learning experience, featuring 10 paths to choose from, over 300 real-world skills to learn and in-depth training resources to help you every step of the way. In addition, there are still costs associated with maintaining the Pathways learning experience, including software licensing, support and ongoing educational development.

Q. Will the Toastmasters phone/tablet “app” be compatible with Pathways?
A. At this time, there is not an app for Base Camp. However, you can access and use Base Camp in Pathways on tablets and iPads via a web browser. Also, members with larger smartphones have accessed Base Camp via a web browser.

Q. Will Speechcraft and YLP be available electronically? Will there be a charge for them?
A. Speechcraft and the Youth Leadership Program both remain an important part of the Toastmasters education program now and beyond the transition period.

They are available in their current format now and will continue to be so until their respective revised programs are available. Members will be updated on progress when more information is available. At this time, no decision has been made on the cost of either revised program.

Q. Can a club select two Vice President Education (VPE) officers during the transition of Pathways? One VPE to support members on the legacy program and one VPE for Pathways. Could both members receive club officer credit for a single transition year?
A. If you would like to have an assistant VPE who helps with VPE responsibilities, while also learning about the role, you are welcome to do so. However, credit is given to only one member per office. You may have only one VPE on record with World Head Quarters

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