B6 – Course Plan representation for hierarchical courses


Issue Definition

Course Plan in hierarchically structured courses is usually represented by a Table Of Contents (TOC) placed in a suitable Index Page. It has been also observed that the structure of the course gathers key information on the course itself and users strongly focus their attention on it. In the Index Page, all key information issues that can be accessed in the course have to be presented simply and effectively.

Guideline Text

  1. The Index Page should be placed in a prominent position within the course
            1.a The Index Page should be the first node of the course structure
  1. The TOC should clearly reflect course structure
            2.a The TOC can be effectively represented by a Navigation Menu Tree
            2.b The TOC should reflect the information architecture and course granularity, provided  that readability is not affected