Principles and Heuristics for Designing Minimalist Instruction
Abstract:The minimalist approach that we advocate has received widespread attention as a better way to develop training and information (e.g., manuals, online support). Empirical studies support its claims of effectiveness, vut they also point out that practitioners find it hard to develop minimalist instruction because of a lack of specific guidelines. In this paper, we offer a comprehensive overview of the principles and heuristcs that can be used to create minimalist instruction. These principles and heuristics are illustrated by examples from various task domains and for different kinds of supports. In many cases, they are accompanied by a theoretical rationale or some empirical background information. The principles and heuristics are presented not as rules to be followed strictly, but as suggestions on how to create minimalist instruction in different contexts and for different audiences, applications, and purposes.
Document Type: Journal Article
Publication date: May 1, 1995
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