That is the big question.
Whether ’tis better for the class to suffer
Pages and pages in outrageous fonts,
Or to take arms against a sea of apps…
Well, it depends. I’ve tried to imagine a series of different situations:
|Linearity is immaterial, everything must be downloadable|
|CONTENT-FOCUSED GOALS||Blended, with a mainly linear output|
|COMPETENCE-FOCUSED GOALS||Mainly non-linear, including a variety of problem-solving activities|
|MIXED-TYPE GOALS||man, don’t lose too much sleep! And rearrange your goals|
|MOTIVATED, CURIOUS CLASS||Non-linear, they’ll love it|
|VERY POOR CLASS||Non-linear, you and they have nothing to lose!|
|AVERAGE CLASS, WITH A HISTORY OF GOOD-TO-EXCELLENT MARKS||Beware of your students! Go for a linear or at most mildly blended course: at your first mistake (at their first slip) you’ll have a line of angry parents in front of the school’s Director Room|
What I’m going to select from Steve Katz’s list (A Digital Textbook Should Be More Than a Textbook) is the following:
- Active links
- Intuitive navigation (web-like)
- Printable pages
- Question and answer section
- Both online and downloadable instructions
- Easy navigation between pages (via thumbnails/breadcrumbs/ever-present Table of Contents)
- Clear organization of material (next step always easy to identify)
- Comprehensiveness (the student coming back from a bout of flu must find absolutely everything there)
Not so important but appreciated:
- Rollover of terms to see the definition
5 thoughts on “EVO Week 3: linear or non-linear? (Part 2)”
Great post! Digital texts have come a long way since 2011, and I think your update to my post really hits the mark.
I feel honoured by your appreciation, Steve Katz! Experience and mistakes teach a bunch.
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Wow Lucia – I am in awe of your clear concise communications 🙂
Thank you so much, ElizA 🙂