How can we design journeys for better learning?

This month is the first one so we picked the topic. If you are interested in reading about navigation, or if you’ve done work in that area, please join us.

Read as many of the articles as you want to. We’ve put the ones we think are most helpful and interesting at the top, and marked the freely available ones. 


1. Dikbas Torun, E. and Altun, A., 2014. The effect of levels of processing with navigation design types on recall and retention in e-learning environments. Behaviour & Information Technology, 33(10), pp.1039-1047.

2. Lim, J., 2016. The Relationship between Successful Completion and Sequential Movement in Self-Paced Distance Courses. The International Review of Research in Open and Distributed Learning, 17(1). Free.


3. Fogg, B.J. & Elsevier EBS 2003. Computers as persuasive tools. Persuasive technology: using computers to change what we think and do. pp. 31-59 Morgan Kaufmann Publishers, Amsterdam; Boston.

4. Cooper, A., Ruiz, L., Clinton, N., Samadzadeh, S. and Hayes, J. (2008) Navigating isn’t fun. Available at: (Accessed: 9 May 2016). Free.

5. Ramsey, J., Meyer, E., Wachter-Boettcher, S., Lichaw, D., Shtuhl, O., Baxter, T., Maujood, M. and Voychehovski, S. (2007) Home. Available at: Free.

Bonus articles

6. Koepfler, J. and Evans, K. (2016) Getting (Dis)connected: Shallow interaction design for deeper human experiences – smashing magazine. Available at: Free.

7. Esteban-Millat, Irene (01.02.2014). Modelling students’ flow experiences in an online learning environment. Computers and education (0360-1315), 71, p. 111.

8. Jeske, D., Stamov Roßnagel, C. and Backhaus, J., 2014. Learner characteristics predict performance and confidence in e-learning: an analysis of user behaviour and self-evaluation. Journal of Interactive Learning Research (JILR), 25(4), pp.509-529. Free.

9. Cagiltay, N.E., Yildirim, S. and Aksu, M., 2006. Students’ preferences on Web-based instruction: Linear or non-linear. Educational Technology & Society, 9(3), pp.122-136. Free.

Access notes: not everyone can get the paywalled articles, so we would like to discuss approaches to access at our first meeting. One is to ensure a proportion of the reading is freely available, favouring open access materials. We could take a pragmatic Wikipedia approach i.e. let those who have access to the pay-walled stuff digest it and share that thinking during the discussions.  We look forward to hearing your views on this.

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