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Below are best practices in presenting course content digitally.
For O-Space ePortfolios - top 10 tips
|COLOR||Color is a great way to add visual interest, but try to use more dark/vivid colors when it comes to text. Bright colored backgrounds can make it hard to read - stick with more neutral/pale colors.|
|EMBED MEDIA||Embed videos directly into the ePortfolio whenever possible.
It is irritating to have to constantly navigate back and forth.
|LINKS||When including web links, set the link to open in a new window or tab.Common web practice as makes it easier to navigate back and not lose the original page you were on.|
|SCHEDULE||When listing assignments, it is nice to have it broken down by week with details explaining the coursework in addition to providing an overview snapshot, a grid with assignment names and due dates.|
|TEXT||It is hard reading a lot of text on a screen. Try breaking up content with headers, short paragraphs. Avoid scroll fatigue, the endless page of text, as it is intimidating and off-putting.|
|HELP||Helps students know where to go if they run into trouble or what to do if they have questions bu including a help section or technical support area. It isn't enough to list the assignment - explain how it is to be accomplished if technology is involved.|
|LABELS||Have all sections/pages labeled clearly.|
|ORGANIZE||Keep content together to avoid needlessly having to bounce around to different sections and areas within your ePortfolio to complete a single task.|
|EMPHASIS||Emphasize what is important (like due dates) using font, size, style or color.|
Your students’ experiences are important to consider – is it complicated to navigate? Stay consistent. Chunk information into 5-9 groups, any more may overload the visitor’s short term memory on a single ePortfolio page. If something is important, make sure the visitor can get to it in a minimal number of clicks — a best practice is three clicks or less.
|Design + Delivery Principals||Structuring Your Prose|