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By Special Guest Blogger, Leah Frauendienst, Instructor of Mathematics


Typically when you enter an amusement park, to maximize the experience, the first thing you are handed is a map.  Although a map is not necessary, you might miss out on the best or most important parts of the park without it.  From the perspective of a student, navigating a course is not much different.  To help guide students through an eLearn course and not miss the most critical parts, you can provide them with a sitemap.  A sitemap is a visual display or outline that describes the organization of your site content and helps to show how the content is interrelated.

In a recent training, I was asked to create a sitemap for one of my courses.  This exercise helped me to be more mindful of the organization of the course files.  Specifically, it helped me to analyze the consistency of my course and ensure the layout was logical.

mind map outlining site

The mindmap version of my sitemap was created using an app called MindNode.  However, you could also draw it by hand or use a free online mind map app such as Mindmup.  As an alternative, you could create an outline of your site in Microsoft Word similar to the example below. 

Course Homepage

  1. Welcome
  2. Content
  3. Course Information
    1. Syllabus
    2. Topics Covered
    3. Overview of Assignments
    4. Information About Textbook and Provided Notes
    5. Course Expectations
    6. Grade Calculation
    7. How to Contact your Professor
  4. MyLabsPlus Information
    1. Getting Started in MyLabsPlus
    2. MyLabsPlus Troubleshooting
    3. MyLabsPlus Statements
  • Notes
    1. Module 1 Notes
    2. Module 2 Notes
    3. Module 3 Notes
    4. Module 4 Notes


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