Creating a learning path in Scootle: A guide for educators

Educators are constantly seeking effective tools to enhance the learning experience for their students. One free online tool is Scootle’s learning paths, an easy way to build lists of resources and create structured progressions towards learning outcomes.  Here’s a simple guide on how to create a learning path in Scootle. 

Step 1: Define your goals 

Before creating a learning path, clearly define your educational goals. What are the key learning outcomes you want to achieve? Which aspects of the curriculum are you addressing? Having a clear set of objectives will guide your search for resources and the structure of your learning path. 

Step 2: Log in and set up 

Ensure you have access to Scootle by logging in with your credentials. All Australian educators are entitled to a free account; you can find out more about creating one in our blog article.  

Step 3: Search for resources 

Use Scootle’s search function to find resources. You can filter results by learning area, year level, resource type, and alignment with specific curriculum outcomes. For an engaging learning path, look for a variety of materials such as interactive activities, videos, lesson plans and quizzes that fit your educational goals. 

Step 4: Create your learning path 

Navigate to the first resource you’d like to add to your learning path. Click ‘Add to’, and a dropdown menu will show an option to create a new learning path. Fill in the name and description fields, and click ‘Add to learning path’ to add the resource. Repeat with each new resource, adding to the learning path you just created.   

Step 5: Select and organise resources 

Once you’ve found suitable resources, drag and drop them to reorder the learning path to create a coherent and logical sequence, which will help students build knowledge and skills systematically. Think about the progression of learning: start with introductory materials, move through to exploration and practice, and finish with assessment and reflection activities. 

 Step 6: Personalise your learning path for your audience 

You can edit the descriptive text that has been automatically imported with the resources and replace it with your own text, for example, questions for students or context from previous lessons. You can also add comments between items using the ‘Actions’ dropdown to further customise the learning path.  

Step 7: Share with your class and other educators 

Students can access a learning path anywhere and anytime, using a unique PIN and without the need for logins. You can find and share this pin by navigating to ‘My learning paths’ and opening the one you’d like to share. Students can then access your learning path using the url and PIN available on that page.  

A learning path can also be exported in a number of formats for use as a student worksheet, checklist of activities or assessment task.  

As you create and share your own learning paths through Scootle, you’ll be contributing to a growing, searchable bank of resources that all Australian educators can use. Search shared learning paths created by other educators to save time and benefit from the collective expertise of your peers. This collaborative approach enriches the portal, making Scootle an invaluable resource of curriculum-aligned learning paths built by teachers, for teachers. 

Simplify your lesson planning by signing up for a free Scootle account

Simplify your lesson planning by signing up for a free Scootle account

Finding comprehensive, curriculum-aligned digital teaching and learning content can often feel overwhelming. That’s why Education Services Australia created Scootle, the national portal of freely available curriculum-aligned educational materials, designed to make teaching the Australian Curriculum easier. While anyone can explore Scootle as a guest user, the platform’s full suite of resources and tools is exclusively available to registered educators in Australian schools. If you haven’t signed up yet, here’s why you should, and how to do it.

Why Register for Scootle?

Scootle offers an expansive collection of free digital teaching and learning resources aligned with the Australian Curriculum. These resources include interactive tools, games, videos and lesson plans across a wide range of subjects and year levels. By registering, educators gain free access to personalised features such as saving resources to collections and creating learning paths for students.

Who Can Register?

Registration is open to educators currently working within Australian schools.

How to Register for Scootle

Registering for Scootle is an easy process, designed to be flexible and allow individual educators to register, or to integrate with the existing credentials of educators in some Australian education networks. Here’s how you can get started:

  1. Via Education Network Login: If your school is part of an Australian education network that allows network logins for Scootle, you may already have the necessary credentials to log in. Verify your education network login eligibility by visiting our login page and checking to see if your network is listed.
  2. Self-Registration with a Email Address: For educators in independent schools or preservice teachers at Australian universities who do not have eligible network credentials, Scootle offers a self-registration option. Simply use your email address to create an account.
  3. Having trouble registering with the address you use in your teaching practice? Contact our Helpdesk.

Once registered, you can begin by exploring the platform and customising your profile. Then, you can incorporate Scootle’s resources into your teaching, building custom lists and learning pathways to simplify planning and lesson delivery.

Not a practising or preservice teacher? Try our guest access.

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