B3 – Information Architecture for hierarchical courses


Issue Definition

The Information Architecture (IA) influences usersí navigation and their consequent learning.
IA indeed indicates the correlation among pages, i.e., the overall structure and organization of the e-learning material. In the literature, IA is seen as a five-step process, where the identification of the system requirements and of the userís profile and task are as important as the definition of the navigation structure, of process mapping and of content design.
Information collection and structuring is a step that occurs, in this process, before a navigational organization can ever be defined. In this respect, three possible content organizations are: linear, hierarchical and network organization.The choice of the organization to adopt strictly depends on the nature of the content.

Guideline Text

  1. The Course Plan should reflect course material organisation
            1.a Build the course navigation pattern taking into account that it will affect users’ navigation behaviour and final learning
            1.b Build the course navigation structure taking into account the nature of the content material and of its organization