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Sakai 12 - Lessons Tip: Clarify the context, purpose, and expectations for each section, activity, etc.
Tip: Clarify the context, purpose, and expectations for each section, activity, etc.
As students move from page to page, from section to section, etc., are you providing sufficient prefatory or transitional text to clarify the context, purpose, and expectations for each component? For instance, are activities, assessments, or links to other material appropriately introduced? Such clarity is of utmost importance for courses that occur only online, where no face-to-face interaction occurs between the instructor and student. Think of a well-written, well-designed textbook, and note what details you might add to make your Lessons pages similarly as clear as possible.
Also, instructors can also emphasize (or deemphasize) a given component in the Lessons page through the use of visually distinct sections. To illustrate this, the following example makes use of a section with a yellow background and an icon embedded in a rich text block to emphasize a link to an assignment and links to accompanying resources for that activity.
See also other design tips for working with the Lessons tool.