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How should you organize your content? Here are six keys to organizing logically within a page of content:

Break the text into manageable pieces or "chunking." Put in many headings. Write useful headings. Make the headings into a table of contents. If the information is sequential, put it in that order. For non-sequential information, put what users need most first.

This is sometimes called "chunking" the text. Chunking operates on many levels. All of the following contribute to chunking and making text manageable:

short sections short paragraphs short sentences lists tables pictures examples If the text seems dense to people, they may not even try to read it.

Breaking down information into smaller, more manageable pieces or “chunks” Based on cognitive information processing (CIP) research. It has been used in marketing strategies and Web design.

Syllabus, schedule and protocols are "chunked" examples of your current syllabus

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Link to scholarly reference(s)

Mayer, R. E. (2001). Multimedia learning. New York: Cambridge University Press.
Mayer, R. E. (2005). The Cambridge Handbook of Multimedia Learning Cambridge University Press.
Miller, G. A. (1956) The magical number seven, plus-or-minus two: Some limits on our capacity for processing information. Psychological Review, 63, 81-97.
Baddeley, A. D. (1986). Working memory. Oxford, England: Osford University Press.
Baddeley, A. D. (1999). Human memory. Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Clemons, S. A. (2005). "Brain Based learning: Possible Implications for Online Instruction." International Journal of Instructional Technology & Distance Learning. September 2005. Vol. 2, Number 9. Retrieved July 9, 2007, from


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Phillips, W. (2013). Chunking. In K. Thompson and B. Chen (Eds.), Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository. Orlando, FL: University of Central Florida Center for Distributed Learning. Retrieved April 23, 2014 from

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