Re: "Labs" vs. "Tutorials"?

Subject: Re: "Labs" vs. "Tutorials"?
From: Janet Swisher <jmswisher -at- gmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Mon, 29 Mar 2010 13:11:45 -0500

I agree with Gene that "Lab" doesn't really make sense to me in a
software world. Also, in the physical world, to me it implies an
open-ended task like "isolate such-and-such chemical", where part of
the student's contribution is to figure out the step-by-step
procedure. So, I wouldn't use that term for step-by-step procedures at

The distinction I would make is:

* If the student learns the content by going through the steps, it's a tutorial.
* If the student learns the content from some other presentation, and
then applies or practices it by going through the steps, it's an


On Mon, Mar 29, 2010 at 12:06 PM, Gene Kim-Eng <techwr -at- genek -dot- com> wrote:
> Having worked with products that are actually used in laboratories, I would say that lab instructions are guiding the reader through steps that use actual equipment, vs tutorials that use equipment simulations.  I don't know what the distinction would be when the product is all SW and data and there is no physical equipment involved in the instruction.
> Gene Kim-Eng
> ------- Original Message -------
> On 3/29/2010  4:25 PM Michael Herman \(Parallelspace\) wrote:
> 1. When should these sorts of procedures be called Labs? .when should these be called Tutorials?
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

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