I notice in the roadmap that News is being revamped. "Separate "News forums" into their own "news" module". Cool.
Is this written up anywhere?
- Treat section 0 as a COURSE HOME PAGE and the arrival point and the news page.
- A course header (which may be blank)
- Designers can add anything else thely like under this.
- Under that are news items in reverse chronological order, in very simple format with a =more =link if needed on each one and an =Older news= Not a forum. No replies to News items.
- Treat all the other sections as separate entities. Basically Moodle is linear and flat. We don't usually have "section within sections"
- Each section: would have at the top the course header, (that may be blank).
NOT all the other content from section 0 as at the moment.
Then a SECTION HEADERS (Name + summary as at the moment in 2+)
- If you want something available on ALL pages in your site
- Use a block
- Put it in the COURSE HEADER
- As has been suggested in other posts
Navigation within courses from section to section is generally more significant to students than between course navigation.
Thus, Provide a simple Section Navigation Menu.
Underneath that, in another block SITE wide items:
- What goes in the XXXXX above I am a little undecided about. Maybe nothing.
Could include course centric links such links as:
My Blog (Just my blog posts)
Course Blogs (Links to the names of course members linking to their blogs)
Course Blog Posts (Links to ALL posts on the course)
News (Link to the last few news items on a page)
Calendar (so it doesn't take up real estate onscreen)
Assessment Statement (??)
You can do lots of other tricky stuff (like a link to this week's work, maybe the highlighted section) etc BUT this adds complexity.
What I present above is a aimed to be a simple format that will meet most needs.
- It avoids the (potentially) large amount of extra stuff at the top of every page if you try to look at just one section..
- It avoids the scroll of death (but it is there if you want it)
- It avoids the menu scroll of death.
- There is no non-standard navigation paradigm
- The course acts as a springboard to the sections. Once you are in a section you can with one click navigate to another.
- You have to see the news on a page IMO - little links in a block don't cut it. Section 0 is essentially the NEWS page
- News on every page needs to be discrete
- News e-mailed with different headers/styling, and a few other special links like (previous news, Course Home page, Current section maybe)
- it also needs to be in your face at the start - hence have it in a pop-up as well:
NEWS IN POP-UP - News could arrive for the first time a student visits a site in a pop-up with a dismiss link that sits OVER the course home page - as well as being displayed on the page. (You'd have to solve the problem of the student who arrives with 10 items they have not seen)
Personal comment: I struggle (even with ALL available tools) to convey to students simply, intuitively, quickly and unequivocally in a nice visible place WHAT THE WORK FOR THE NOW IS. In this scenario, I'd use NEWS. It's not then hidden in some forum you need to click on, or in a tny block as at present.
My 2c worth. (And if you have read this far, don't forget my original question)