Wednesday, July 30, 2008

How to make tea?

Add 2 spoons of tea leaves to water and wait for it to boil. Add two spoons of sugar and 1/4th cup milk. Bring it to boil. Strain the tea into a cup.


Step 1: Add 2 spoons tea leaves to water and wait for it to boil.
Step 2: Add two spoons of sugar and 1/4
th cup milk.
Step 3: Bring it to boil.
Step 4: Strain the tea into a cup.





shipra gupta said...

Option two guides me best. I usually like visual instructions, but the one presented does not have appropriate label placement, they look quite scattered.

Archana Narayan said...

How about the last option? Just included it...Thanks for sharing your thoughts. :)

Geeta Bose said...

Options 2 & 3 work best for the pampered son who is away from home for the first time. He knows how the pots, pans, and spoons look. He just needs to be told the steps in the process.

Last option works best for my uncle who has never stepped into a kitchen ever! Now he has visited me (am as usual on my laptop!) and has to make tea all by himself.

Option 4 is ideal when the tools are unusual or the process is intricate. For example, if you teach how to flambé or make souffles, pies etc...

Archana Narayan said...

Ah... the expert! Relating the display of information to the learner! This just got very interesting :D

If it is a more complicated dish or for an ignorant chef (with all respect to the learner), we can always opt for video.

Mousumi Ghosh said...

This article or rather visual description of how to make tea is quite interesting. It's really attention-grabbing to see that how the same info can be presented in four different ways. I liked the last one where I can see the steps along with the visual description to make tea.

ripul said...

the methods depend on the user/learner as geeta rightly pointed out.

If you do not have a learner persona defined, it becomes impossible to find the right way to depict information -- every way seems to right or wrong.

Arch, try to tabulate what kind of information depiction is appropriate for what kind of learners... may be an interesting table to refer to as we build courses.

Archana Narayan said...

Mousumi, you are absolutely bang on target. My intention was to show that information can be displayed in several ways. Based on the learner and the objectives, the most effective one should be used.

Archana Narayan said...

Rips, like i mentioned, my soel intent was to help understand that there are several ways to display one type of information.

The learners may be a combination of several traits such as age, gender, cultural background, educational background, likes and dislikes, learning styles, preferences, work environment, motivations. It will be extremely difficult and in all likelihood inaccurate to tabulate such information assuming some of these traits. This kind of thing must always be done when you have done your research for a specific audience and specific tasks.

Other things such as if the person is above a particular age, opt for bigger fonts can be captured. Please do share your thoughts on this... Will surely like to explore the possibility if you can show me the light at the end of the tunnel :)

Archana Narayan said...

I was just thinking some more...

Shipra said she would prefer option 2. Mousumi mentioned that she would prefer the last option. Both of them know what the utensils in the kitchen look like, both of them know how to make tea, yet, both of them have different preferences. Why? Because each of us has our own learning style. One may prefer a highly visual description while on the other hand another may just want crisp points that they can remember later.

If my learner analysis showed two personae, one like Shipra and another like Mousumi, then I would have to ensure that I cater to both their needs.

Also, no where in the post or in my comments have I indicated the most effective display. Most comments all state what suits them best. Am I making sense?

mysterious said...

Interesting post archie. I prefer the last option. But still I would have preferred if there was one more option, which is a modification of the last option. ie, Instead of the text, if you show images of bottles written 'tea powder' and 'sugar', near to spoons of respective images. Coz, I do not have to read any text at all.. :)

Archana Narayan said...

Thanks Nishana :) Like what you described, there may be several more ways of presenting this info. I did what i could quickly with clip art. :)