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Designing for user cognition and affect in software instructions

Learning and Instruction Volume 18, Number 1, ISSN 0959-4752 Publisher: Elsevier Ltd


In this paper we examine how to design software instructions for user cognition and affect. A basic and co-user manual are compared. The first provides fundamental support for both; the latter includes a buddy to further optimize support for user affect. The basic manual was faster and judged as easier to process than the co-user manual. In addition, it facilitated re-use. Both manuals supported perceived task-relevance, self-confidence and learning equally well. Research is discussed to explicate why the design worked well and how it can be improved.


Hans van der Meij. (2008). Designing for user cognition and affect in software instructions. Learning and Instruction, 18(1), 18-29. Elsevier Ltd. Retrieved October 15, 2021 from .

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