Documentation and Usability (The Course)
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This course includes 1 attempt.

Informatics tools are designed to be used by a broad audience, everyone from entry level graduate students in biology to working professionals. Designing good user experiences can help increase usability of tools, but even for tools with necessarily complicated user interfaces, good documentation and tutorials can have an outsized impact on use and usability. This course is designed to teach principles of documentation and tutorials to tool developers in the ITCR and beyond.

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Course Material

  • 1 Introduction
  • 2 Documentation: Why it’s worth the effort!
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    Quiz: Documentation: Why its worth the effort10 attempts allowed
  • 3 Lessons we should borrow from user designers
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    Quiz: Lessons we should borrow from user-centered design10 attempts allowed
  • 4 What does good documentation look like?
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    Quiz: What does good documentation look like?10 attempts allowed
  • 5 Creating a smooth getting started section
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    Quiz: Creating a smooth getting started section10 attempts allowed
  • 6 Creating helpful how-to examples
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    Quiz: Creating helpful how-to examples10 attempts allowed
  • 7 Creating handy reference guides
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    Quiz: Creating handy reference guides10 attempts allowed
  • 8 Creating clarifying code comments
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    Quiz: Creating clarifying code comments10 attempts allowed
  • 9 Obtaining user feedback
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    Quiz: Obtaining user feedback10 attempts allowed
  • 10 Other helpful features
  • 11 How to keep your documentation up to date
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    Quiz: How to keep your documentation up to date10 attempts allowed
  • About this course
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