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Tutorial Approach

This tutorial provides step-by-step instructions for using the XYZ software program.
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Tutorials present step-by-step instruction teaching new concepts. They are designed to provide new information along with examples and nonexamples of concepts. In addition, practice and feedback is often incorporated into the program. Tutorials work well when

Some tutorials are often linear. In other words, they provide the same information and examples to all learners in a predetermined order. Sometimes called "electronic pageturners" they may not address the needs of individual students. As such, when designing tutorials consider incorporating optional examples, different channels of communication such as audio, video, graphics, and different ways of viewing the content.

Branching tutorials provide alternative paths through learning. Each student receives that instruction he or she needs based on responses to specific questions or problems.

The strength of tutorials lies in their consistency and accuracy. They allow students to work at their own pace and provide individualized practice and feedback which is difficult to do in the traditional classroom environment.

Adapting Online Tutorials

When selecting tutorials consider the instructional strategies incorporated into the program. Ask yourself:

It can be confusing for a student to learn one approach in the tutorial and be expected to demonstrate a different technique in an exam.

Examples to Explore

Below you'll find a few examples.

Exercises and Pratice

While some instructors build tutorials, others simply add practice activities into their course readings or assignment. Each instructor formats these activities differently. A common approach is the use of PDF files.

Explore examples of practice activities at MIT Open Courseware:

To find more examples, do a Google search for your topic and add the word "tutorial".

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Tutorials provide step-by-step information, guidance, and practice in learning new knowledge and skills.

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