Course Navigation Instructions

Providing learners with explicit information at the start of a course is an ideal way to set course expectations, help students quickly find key information and offer directions regarding how to proceed through the course.    

Implementation

The following template suggests headings and content that may guide the development of course navigation instructions:

Course Introduction

This section may include:

  • An overview of the course and assessment methods
  • Course expectations
  • A link to the course outline
  • A link to the learning plan
  • A UDL statement that includes all of the UDL elements used in the course (for a sample UDL statement, please reference the bottom on this webpage)
  • Any information regarding Accessible Learning Services and obtaining disability-related accommodations in the course 

Faculty Introduction

This section may include:

  • A welcome message, which may be accompanied with a faculty photo or delivered via video
  • Faculty contact information and office hours

Accessing Content

This section may include explanations of:

  • How the course is laid out (for example by week, by module, or by topic)
  • Other sections included (for example Assessments, Additional Resources, etc.)
  • What content should be accessed first, second, third, etc.

The information above is meant to provide options to develop course navigation instructions and can be altered to meet the specific needs of a course.