Category: Tutorial

A tutorial in education is a method of transferring knowledge and may be 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 particular task.

A tutorial can be taken in many forms, ranging from instructions to complete a task to an interactive problem-solving session (usually in academia).

In computer-based education, a tutorial is a computer program whose purpose is to assist users in learning how to use parts of a software product such as an office suite or any other application, operating system interface, programming tool, or video game. There are three kinds of software tutorials:

  1. Video tutorials that the user views.
  2. Interactive tutorials where the user follows on-screen instructions (and—in some cases—watches short instruction movies), at which point they do the tutorial exercises and receives feedback depending on their actions.
  3. Webinars where users participate in real-time lectures, online tutoring, or workshops remotely using web conferencing software.

Tutorials usually have the following characteristics:

  • presentation of the view usually explaining and showing the user interface.
  • Using examples to show how a workflow or process is completed, a demonstration of a function is often broken up into discrete modules or sections.
  • Some method of review reinforces or tests understanding of the content in the related module or section.
  • transition to additional modules or sections that builds on the instructions already provided. Tutorials can be linear or branching.

While many writers refer to a mere list of instructions or tips as a tutorial, this usage can be misleading.


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