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Subject:Re: ANON: Writing a Tutorial From:"Weissman, Jessica" <WeissmanJ -at- ABACUSTECH -dot- COM> Date:Thu, 5 Nov 1998 13:05:52 -0500
What you've proposed will work, although you may want to have some variety
and use a different project or set of data for some of the features. That
way students get less bored and you aren't boxed in by having a project that
realistically includes ALL the features you want to train.
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> I am writing a tutorial for a software product. I have written other
> manuals and online documentation for the product, but this is the
> first time I'm writing a tutorial.
> My problem is that no one has given me any direction as to what the
> tutorial should do. My initial impulse is to just to make up my own
> sample project and walk users through creating that project using the
> software. Of course, I won't be able to walk users through all the
> features, so I'll probably just do those that are most commonly used.
> Does anyone have any opinions or suggestions? If anyone knows of or
> has written up a guide or plan for writing a tutorial, I will be very
> grateful to find out.
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