Have information that you want the student to get easily throughout your course? Use a Side bar like this. It will stay visible no matter what chapter the student selects on the course menu. You can put ANYTHING here that you can also put in the middle! Consider deleting all the unnecessary side blocks to emphasize the ones you actually want. You can delete a side block by simply clicking the X in the block header when you are in the editing mode.
Like the rubric above, all handouts should be posted as PDF files. The new version of Office lets you save your documents as PDF files easily before uploading. While it may be easier for you to leave it in Word, are you sure all your students have it? Tablets and mobile devices can't always do Word.