The goal of the course outline project is to help learners understand how they (Instructor Presence) can best connect to the course content (Cognitive Presence), helping guide learners back to where they were last learning, more clearly see future milestones & due dates, filter the course outline to focus in on what they want to see next ( assignments, videos, content relating to a goal, etc.).
One of the benefits of our current learning experience tool's linearization of course structure is that learners can advance from content page (Unit) to content page easily. With recent efforts, they can also easily advance from the end of a learning sequence (Subsection) to the next! This provides a useful way to navigate within the course content. Learning is hard, and to the extent that we can provide a place outside of course content to showcase progress (see Visual Course Progress) and also help learners more quickly get to the right content, we can provide for learners a place to go in between bursts of learning sequence content exploration.
The mobile application already contains some of this mental model around course structure through its use of the mode toggle (View Full Course, Show Videos Only). While filtering an searching aren't necessary early milestones in this project, they are another way for us to provide learners with tools that let them quickly see the learning content they care about seeing next.
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Launched a new course outline page to serve as the basis for a new course home experience. In addition this change shifts the sidebar navigation out of the course content pages, which allows learners to focus on content consumption and progression through the course.