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Navigation Mechanisms in Elearning

Written By Induja Gurukuntala

Navigation Mechanisms in Elearning

A good eLearning course should be user friendly and self directed, which allows the user to explore, learn the concepts and enhance the learning experience. Navigation in eLearning is essentially provided to guide and instruct the learner, to offer such an experience.

There are many common mechanisms of navigation nowadays that are used in the e-learning courses. Below is a list of some of these.

1. Paging: This is followed throughout the e-Learning course, which aids the learner in going through the content, in a logical sequence. It consists of the simplest access mechanisms, such as the ‘Next’ and the ‘Previous’ buttons that take the learner, in a logical sequence, throughout the course. provided to guide and instruct the learner, to offer such an experience.

Paging Navigation Mechanism

2. Menus: This consists of the topics that are covered in the e-Learning course. This helps the learner in familiarizing with the topics and sub topics. For conserving space on the screen, there is Menu-on-demand, which appears only when learner clicks a button.

Menus Navigation Mechanism

3. Indexes: An index in an e-Learning course includes the list of topics, arranged in an alphabetical order. Learner can pick from the list. Though this is time-consuming, it encourages the learners in helping them find the specific concept.

Indexes Navigation Mechanism

4. Maps: These can serve as a visual menu, which displays the organization of the content. It aids the learning as it creates a model of the course and allows them to navigate through the course. Maps are useful for complex processes, concepts and procedures.

Maps Navigation Mechanism

These are a few navigational strategies that are suggested for making a course user friendly and effective for learning. Do you have any more? Do share them with us

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