Chunk Content into Digestible Pieces
More than ever, in a Web-based course, the clarity and presentation of the written material is essential. Keep in mind that you are expecting your audience to grasp most (if not all) of the material on their own. Even many technologically savvy individuals still have difficulty reading extensive text online, so consider ways of breaking up text and whenever possible making print friendly Web pages. Also, be mindful of providing too much supplemental information as students can quickly become distracted by peripheral information and lose sight of the important points.
Questions to ask yourself:
- Where are there logical breaks in the content? Can the content be divided into modules or separate lessons?
- Does the written material clearly convey the concepts I am trying to get across to my audience?
- Are there ways, other than text, I can use to convey concepts or make important points?
- How can I make "key" points stand out on my Web pages?
- Is the text easy to follow? Does it have a logical progression?
- Where could hyperlinks to other resources add value? Where would they be a distraction?