Recommendations for Web-Based
The following recommendations and guidelines are made by this paper in order to maximize learning in the ICARUS Project.
The course material that is presented online must have examples to support the theory or show examples of how a particular technique is used in communication (e.g. the section on Resume Writing must include a few sample resumes).
Students preferred to see and hear their lectures, rather then read them. Therefore it is recommended that internet classes use audio to enforce what is written. Animation can also be used to enforce certain topics.
In order for the class to be effective, students have to be forced to participate regularly. Participation was a major factor for students and educators in learning the material. Promoting discussions and having students take turns leading those discussions made the courses more meaningful and beneficial.
The design of the interface should not distract from the content. Limit your colors, fancy designs, and movement (i.e. animated GIFs).
Keep the layout simple and clean.
Make sure your page is easily read by everyone, no matter what their capabilities.
Visitors should always know the context in which they are operating.
Consistency aids in navigation through your site. As people become familiar with your site ("behavior" of page), they are able to predict how to perform tasks.
Eliminate breaks, broken links, etc. that can make viewing the Web site frustrating and unpleasant.
Be unique so learners know when they have entered/exited the classroom domain.
Appearance should match the purpose of the page.
Support a variety of visitors by having different page layouts available. This may not be necessary for ICARUS b/c in general, the learners will be specific group of individuals.
Scantron and multiple-choice tests have the potential to be less effective than other methods of evaluating students.