- Excerpted from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to Course Development

  • Minimize the need for the learner to scroll through text. A printed instructional unit should not exceed two pages.
  • When using Course Management System templates, remove navigation buttons that will not be used in your course.
  • Use graphics, diagrams, or pictures only when they lend meaning and clarification to the topic (in some cases, graphics can also be used to get the learner’s attention - but do not over use them because they can become annoying distractions).
  • For ease of navigation, provide a link to the next unit or interactive exercise at the end of an instructional module.
  • Hyperlink all key words, phrases, and/or glossary or reference that provides definitions and additional clarification as needed by the learner.
  • Keep in mind that simple, clear navigation will help the learner feel in control, avoiding distractions and frustrations with the course materials.