When I was an online student, I dreaded courses that were set up with the “scroll of death.” It was hard to access content, find your place as the term progresses, and hard to print content. A scroll of death situation is created when a course designer puts everything on the same level resulting in a scenario where the learner has to scroll through multiple pages to access content. Here are some ideas for controlling for the scroll of death along with some examples.
Scroll of Death Scenario I
In this scenario, everything is placed on the same level. Students have to scroll continuously to get to relevant content. There is a great chance they will miss something, and it is also extremely difficult to print. Here is an example of some dummy material. Even though it is an image, you get the idea.
Scroll of Death II
In this scenario, the content is broken up in weeks; however, within the week, all the content is on the same page. Again, this is hard to find specific information and it is hard to print.
Scroll of Death III
In this scenario, the navigation has been moved to the side. When you select a week, each piece of content and activity is its own file. As an instructor, You can more easily move a piece of content as well as track the use of the content. I also turned on tracking so that learners could remind themselves if they already viewed an item. With this model, individual pieces of content are easier to print. On the downside, learners will have to click more.
Scroll of Death IV
This is a scenario not often used. You could use an image to be the navigation interface. Perhaps you created a mind map of your course and students could then explore through your image interface. If you are interested in doing this, I could help you. In this example, the computer would lead to the first module.
Well, there are four examples of a navigation structure. Four of countless different ways. I intentionally did not include images in the examples. Images do help with navigation but they also add to the length.
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