Wayfinding refers to the process of using space and environment to navigating towards a destination. Just like visual maps help us navigate through a particular space or environment, websites and e-lessons are no different.
There are four distinct stages to wayfinind:
- Orientation – uses landmarks or object near by to identify current location. As indicated by the “You are here” sign on many maps
- Route Decision – refers to the decisions made in order to get to destination. Research shows that people are more likely to find and take the shortest route
- Rout Monitoring – the way of gauging progress. Breadcrumbs are visual cues that highlight the path taken
- Destination Recognition – clearly identified to communicate you have arrived!