Course design is hard. It’s easy to add new activities and resources to a short/small course. But for a course which equates to a three credit college course it’s a little harder to simply organize those materials into a flow of resources/activities which can be consumed by the student.
These are just a few things of the goals I always keep in mind:
- Layout should be intuitive and easy (navigation is key: students should always have a good idea of where they are in the content and how to get to point b with the fewest clicks possible)
- Layout should be consistent (students taking a 2nd or 3rd course should have zero learning curve if the navigation is consistent)
- Students should not have to scroll significantly to find the next piece of content
- All tools that a student needs should be available on the page for which they need them (including blocks, links, etc.)
I’ll be covering Flexpage in more detail later, but for now here’s a quick link to get you started: http://docs.moodle.org/en/Flexpage_format.
The two images below are examples, one is the course setup with Flexpage (which is incredibly versatile/flexible once you get the hang of it) the other is the “scroll of death” which would be the default if I didn’t change the course significantly. I did play a bit with the Collapsed Topics format and the “jump to…” option, but neither is as elegant as Flexpage. Flexpage definitely looks like the “answer” to the problem at hand.