A tutorial describes in detail how a specific operation or task is performed. Similar to the onboarding guide, it is very specific and learning-oriented. At the end of the tutorial, the user fully understands the feature and can use it.
According to wikipedia, a tutorial is a method of transferring knowledge and maybe used as a part of a learning process. More interactive and specific than a book or a lecture, a tutorial seeks to teach by example and supply the information to complete a certain task. A tutorial can be taken in many forms, ranging from a set of instructions to complete a task to an interactive problem solving session.
The background of a tutorial is from university and classic education, where a tutor gives instruction and teaches specific knowledge to a small group of students, beginner or scholar.
The software tutorial should be very specific and provide short, rich and interactive components as images, video, screenshot and additional resources.
Tutorials can be created for external developers to integrate code e.g. using an API reference, source code samples or developer docs to demonstrate the functionality. Besides typical text-based documentation guides, tutorial videos are used to teach coding for various programming languages and technologies. There are a lot of great and free resources available online, mostly on YouTube.
End users of the software or web application are interested in interactive tutorial e.g. to explain complex features or as part of the onboarding process.
Besides the resource and content, cohort-based groups of users or specific courses can be setup to provide a more group-based, interactive learning environment similar to a tutorial course, tutorial school or tutorial class. They could be grouped by topic or learning program.
The following elements might be added when creating a tutorial documentation:
The main process can be grouped in the following steps:
There are many online resources available, also as video guides explaining specific screen recording software or cutting applications as Apple iMovie.
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