Invitation to Northern New England STC meeting

Subject: Invitation to Northern New England STC meeting
From: "Focus on 3 things: Quality, Quality, Quality" <raven -at- USABLE -dot- ENET -dot- DEC -dot- COM>
Date: Fri, 29 Oct 1993 10:55:16 EDT

I know many of you are too far away to attend, but for those who are

November Meeting of the Northern New England STC:

Techniques for Minimalist Documentation and User Interface Design
Dr. John M. Carroll

The distinctive skills that make people good problem solvers
(analogical reasoning) also make them poor candidates for systematic
instruction. The minimalist approach seeks to capitalize on precisely
the phenomena that undermine the phenomena that undermine systematic
instruction. The minimalist approach:
* Allows users to get started immediately
* Relies on users to reason, to improvise creatively, and to
take advantage of what they already know
* Supports error recognition and recovery

This talk briefly discusses a variey of examples from Dr. Carroll's
work to illustrate the minimalist approach.

Dr. Carroll is Manager of Design Concepts and Education
at the IBM Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York.
His research is in the analysis of human learning, problem-solving,
and language, particularly in situations involving the use of
computers. His most recent books are
* The Nurnberg Funnel: Designing minimalist instruction for
practical computer skill (MIT Press, 1990)
* Designing Interaction: Psychology at the Human-Computer
Interface (Cambridge University Press, 1991).

DATE: Tuesday, Nov. 16

TIME: 6:00 pm Social Time
6:45 Dinner
7:20 Program
**RSVP for Dinner by Wednesday November 10!**

PLACE: Andover Marriott
Andover, Massachusetts

From the south, take Rt. 93 north and get off at exit 45. Turn
left at the light at the end of the ramp. Take the first left onto Old
River Road. Follow Old River Road to the hotel.
From the north, either take Rt. 495 to Rt. 93 north and follow
directions above, or take Rt. 93 south to exit 45. Bear right at the
end of the ramp. Take the second left onto Old River Road. Follow Old
Rive Road to the hotel.
DINNER: Choice of: ____Boston Baked Scrod ____Chicken Florentine

$17 for Northern New England STC members
$20 for Non-Northern New England STC members and non-STC members
$5 Program only for non-members
Program only is free to NNE STC members




Telephone: _____________________________

RSVP by **NOVEMBER 10.** Send this form and a check made out to NNE STC to:
Joe McGuire
117 Hill Rd.
Groton, MA 01450

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