Click-through Curriculum

Image courtesy of kangshutters /

Image courtesy of kangshutters /

Most books and textbooks, in particular, were designed with linear learning in mind. Left to right. Start at the beginning and work through to the end. Leap frog from bold heading to bold heading.

Online learning doesn’t work that way.

You search. You click. You read. You open another window. You search some more. You share what you’re learning. You search and click to find other places to learn – online course or workshops or conferences, in-person experiences, and blended environments.

As you click, you think critically to select informed sources, you create your own content to share and communicate, and you collaborate on new resources for learning.

We pursue a click-through curriculum, ideally, one that’s self-directed.

What skills do learners need to maximize their experience of learning in this way? What skills do we need to develop click-through curricula? These are curricula that expand to include all offerings for all students, regardless of prerequisites and traditional course sequencing.

Click-through curriculum. Brave new world of teaching and learning.


  1. braddo on May 18, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    OK, I like the image, and let’s go beyond consuming to co-inventing the curriculum as we click through:

  2. Gayle on May 18, 2014 at 8:53 pm

    Great point. Should be emphasized. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

  3. Gayle on May 18, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    Did some editing, Brad. Thanks again for sharing.

  4. mrdardy on May 19, 2014 at 3:05 am

    Is it too egotistical of me as a classroom teacher to think that some guidance for the learner is helpful? Some ‘expert’ who has thought his/her way through this first to give some guidance? I know as a click through customer myself that there are (many) times that I end up down some wormhole that feels less productive than I wish it were.

  5. Gayle on May 19, 2014 at 7:15 am

    I think guidance is needed – check out Dan Willingham’s latest blog post, Children Need to be Taught I’m talking, too, about the types of curriculum we develop – that they need to be more click through in nature and approach, literally and figuratively. The materials themselves often don’t allow for co-creating, per Brad, or directing learning the ways you can out of school. What do you think?