Below is a short browser based linux simulator for training purposes. It basically starts off with a blank screen, and gives directions for the user to enter a linux command to do a given task. If the command entered is wrong, it tells them, and it the command is the correct one it will execute it, or simulate executing it, then give a little explanation of what the command just did, and then it comes up with new directions / a new question of sorts for them to enter the next correct command.
The aesthetic is a little over the top, and there are a couple of things I'm in the process of working on with it, but I have one big UX issue that I seem to be stumped with.
The "Directions" area seems off. I could probably find a way to make the directions area more prominent so it's intuitive to the user that this area contains the directions. I'd like to label the area no matter what, but the word "Directions" seems a little awkward and redundant. Technically I already have directions at the top, which basically say follow the directions at the bottom...
Is there another word I can use in this situation? Keep in mind that any word or phrase telling the user that "this is what you're supposed to now" which is appropriate for this simulator would work, not simply thesaurus synonyms for the word directions. Eg. "Next command" would work, but I think I can do better.
I'm open to any suggestions for a visual solution as well, but I think terminology is something that's often underrated in web and user interface design, and even if I find a visual solution, I'd like to label it somehow.