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Designing Web-Based Training: How to Teach Anyone Anything Anywhere Anytime by William Horton

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5.2. CREATE BUILDING BLOCKS FOR LESSONS

As you begin constructing lessons, you will find yourself creating some of the same kinds of pages over and over again. These are the pages you use to welcome learners, introduce the lesson, show examples, and get feedback. Such pages deserve special attention and are candidates for standards and templates.

5.2.1. Welcome page

The Welcome page greets the learner at the start of the lesson. It tells what the lesson is about, why it is important, and what the learner will gain by taking the lesson.

5.2.1.1. When to use a Welcome page

Use a Welcome page to begin most lessons if a full Introduction page might overwhelm and dishearten prospective learners. The Welcome page's function is primarily motivational. It removes doubt and confusion, and it inspires learners to dig into the lesson. It lets learners confirm that they have selected the right lesson.

5.2.1.2. Contents of the Welcome page

In a Welcome page, include just enough to orient and motivate the learner. Here are the ingredients of a common Welcome page:

Welcoming title. Begin by telling learners where they are and that youare glad they came. Do this with the title of the Lesson, sometimes preceded with a phrase of greetings:

Welcome to ... The Natural Regeneration Method of Forestry.

Ready to Develop Your Financial Plan?

Graphic emblem. Consider an attractive yet relevant graphic ...

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