If my course was an online course I would have to put up some structured information on how to join and work in my course, which rools we will use and how the student ought to organize these tools in a ”toolbox”. This is more true if I would have a course in the NW or NE hemispheres (where the teacher is in control) in Figure 4.1 in Coomey, M., & Stephenson, J. (2001). They are saying: “Structured hypertext that clearly directs students to desired goals results in more efficient use of time” (p. 43) and “Assign students roles and make those roles clear and explicit”(p. 44) is very important.
But I think this is even more important if the learner herself is in control.