Instructions Project Overview
- Instructions Project Overview.docx (14.714 KB)
- The attached document overviews the ENTIRE Instructions Project, which consists of three parts.
- This module contains materials for all parts of the project, but we will work toward submitting one part at a time.
- Complete activities in this module in the order they appear (and by the dates listed on the Course Calendar) to stay on track.
Instructions Draft + Test Plan Assignment Sheet, Rubric, & Blank Audience Analysis
- Instructions Draft + Test Plan assignment sheet (19.998 KB)
- Instructions Draft + Test Memo rubric (19.666 KB)
- Blank Instructions Audience Analysis (14.462 KB)
- The assignment sheet & rubric attached here are for the first part of the Instructions Project: Instructions Draft + Test Plan
- Note that this rubric is not very specific: that’s because I’m evaluating your draft for completeness and effort, not perfection. I will grade your Final Instructions for perfection 😉
- You can complete the Audience Analysis once you’ve selected a topic.
- The assignment sheet & rubric reference a “Test Plan Template” – that document comes later in this module.
- Complete the first 4 rows of the Instructions Audience Analysis sheet. This requires you to first choose a task or procedure you will write instructions for. See the Instructions Overview Document (first item in this module) for a list of acceptable topics. Copy and paste only the first 4 rows here.
- Revisit the sample student Instructions submissions. Answer the following questions about the samples (use what you learned about “effective instructions”): What are the strongest and weakest elements of each (be specific)? Do you notice anything confusing or problematic about either? Which would you prefer to use, and why?
- In this week’s peer responses, give each other feedback on their topics or their opinions about the sample student instructions.
Sample Final Instructions
- Sample Instructions – Submitting Introductory Email 1.pdf (259.016 KB)
- Sample Instructions – Submitting Introductory Email 2.pdf (371.443 KB)
- These samples show two students’ attempts to write instructions for “Submitting the Introductory E-mail” (you cannot use this topic)
- These are FINAL Instructions, but they show examples of final products. However, I don’t expect your Instructions Draft submission to be as polished as these. Your Final Instructions should be at least this good, though 🙂
Read Ch. 13 – Evaluating & Testing Documents
You will create a Test Plan to evaluate your instructions. Our Test Plan will be a very condensed, simplistic version of a Usability Study. However, it’s still important for the real world (e.g., your future careers) that you understand more about Usability Evaluations / Tests than I will ask you to apply on your Test Plan. As you read Ch. 13, pay close attention to the meaning of these terms/ concepts, which RC9 will cover:
- Guided Evaluations
- User Testing in a Controlled Setting vs. Testing Documents in Context
- Interpreting and Reporting Your Findings
Test Plan PowerPoint & Test Plan Template
- Test Plan Template.docx (77.012 KB)
- Instructions Test Plan Lesson (PDF version) (396.796 KB)
- Instructions Test Plan Lesson (PowerPoint version) (940.718 KB)
- The Test Plan PowerPoint lesson breaks down the parts of the Test Plan Template, which is also attached here. Use the PowerPoint to help you complete the Test Plan.
- Use the Test Plan Template – do not create your own!
- The only items you need to change in the template are in [BRACKETS, CAPITAL LETTERS, AND GREEN].
- Only change the items indicated – do not fill out the Test Notes or complete the User Survey yet. We will do that in the next phase of the project (after you submit your Draft + Test Plan)