Features of Hypertext Useful for Teaching
- a home page that can be reached easily from the other pages. This helps
the reader to get back on track when lost in the nooks and crannies of the
- study guides that package WWW presentations into logical sequences and
group materials for each assignment. Each guide is a specialized
- each citation as a "hot word", and clicking takes the reader to
exactly that reference in the list.
- layered presentations of equations. You click to select a
cursory derivation, a detailed derivation, or a ridiculously oversimplified
treatment for anyone with weak math.
- each assay procedure with an index page with entries for the
techniques themselves, evaluations and tips lifted from Ph.D. or M.S. theses,
lists of equipment, and name of vendors.
- a glossary. Key words on various pages are "hot" and take the reader to
exactly that entry in the glossary.
Links to other pages can maintain the logical thread or can branch. For
example, an introductory page links to more advanced material, and more
advanced pages have "hot words" that bring up pages with explanations. The
glossary and the literature citations have no links because the reader will
return using the "BACK" feature of the browser software. This is much more
sensible than scrolling through a long list to find links because you almost
always want to go back to where you were.