I have a webapp LMS whose workflow, for students and teachers alike, goes like this:
the home page has a list of cards representing the courses available, with a button to enter the course. When inside a course, there' a sidebar displaying actions pertaining to that course: view/create exams, lessons, and so on. If the user needs to switch to another course, there's a link in the sidebar with a back arrow icon thart'll take them back to the list of courses. This is what the sidebar looks like when inside of a course:
I have had some feedback from my users that it is cumbersome to navigate from one course to another.
I took a look at how Google Classroom does things, and apparently you always have a sidebar with all your courses, whenever you are:
To show actions that you can take inside of a course, they use top tabs:
I don't think this'd be viable for my application, given that the number of options in my course-specific sidebar is much higher than just 4, and could possibly grow larger in the future.
How could I make it easier and lighter to navigate between courses given my current design, without giving up on the more focused course-specific sidebar?
Here's a screenshot of a full page of my application, to give you a better idea of the design: