Contemporary approach to writing non-linear online learning resources

Margaret Turner


Many academics continue to approach the multi-path and multi-voiced capacity of the Internet’s networked nodal structure as if it were a book with pages and paragraphs and sentences that flow together in one direction to make a whole. A different approach to that of traditional writing, is required to make effective use of the distinctive communicative opportunities offered by networked media. Reconsidering the use of the familiar concept maps is one example. The mapped content can be transferred into table cells in a word processor document rather than into paragraphs. In this way the content author is guided into a non-linear jump-style of writing where meaningful connections are made in multiple directions; a style that is typical of networked media. The purpose of this paper is to provide an introduction to an alternative approach to developing content for learning resources.


online presentation, non-linear writing, online learning design

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