Best practice for navigation
Feb 24, 2012
I often try to think about what's best for an end-user in regards to navigation for a course, especially when a course involves hyperlinking to other slides because this introduces a whole new set of navigation to the table.
In my newest course, I decided it was one or the other:
- Use the Articulate navigation buttons
- Create my own navigation buttons
There's some drawbacks involved.
If you decide to use the Articulate navigation, it can be confusing. The navigation offers 2 seperate buttons to navigate forward (While I do not agree that this is confusing, I have users who beg to differ). Also, if you are using hyperlinks in your presentation, you are now introducing yet another place the user can click to navigate.
I decided to just create 2 buttons, a forward and backward button in my latest course (on the slide, each with a hyperlink to Go to Next Slide, or Previous Slide) to keep all of the navigation on the screen to try to eliminate any confusion. I've eliminated all navigation options from the course player except for the Outline button in case a user wants more options to jump around the course.
What are your ideas?