As an online degree student you need to excel in website-led work. Online degrees are fully based on the Internet's newest devices. This is a short guide to improving you website knowledge and skills in order to succeed in your online degree.
The two principal methods for navigating in and between Web sites are hypertext links and navigation bars.
Hypertext is the essence of the Internet, turning what would otherwise be discrete pages into the vast conglomeration of sites known as the World Wide Web. With hypertext links, graphics and/or text on one Web page can easily be cross-referenced, or, more precisely, "linked" to images and information on another. Most hypertext links are distinguishable by underlining and/or colored text. To see if a graphical element of a Web page is linked or "hot," you can pass your cursor over it. Do you see URLs (site addresses) in the Status Bar at the bottom of the browser window? Does your cursor change to a hand? If so, the graphic is a link that will take you to another page on the site or elsewhere on the Internet.
Navigation bars, which may differ in location and appearance, are generally designed for navigation within a site only, and are often the principal means for getting around. If designed well, navigation bars are straightforward and intuitive.
When studying an online degree program you will need to navigate in these and possibly in other, more sophisticated ways. Getting to know the Internet better than the ordinary surfer and using it as a master will be your main tool to online degree success.