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What is learnability?

Learnability is the ease with which a software application or product can be picked up and understood by users. The better the learnability of an application, the less training and time it will take for a person to use it.

Why is learnability important?

Learnability is important, because it is closely linked to usability. It is vital that users can pick up how to use an application quickly. If you are creating software for professional use, this can be especially important, as employers are less likely to spend money on software that requires expensive training for staff members.

How to improve learnability

The most learnable applications are those that comply with the conventions of other similar programs. Learnability can be optimized by creating simple user interface designs that are predictable in layout and navigation. A great way to improve learnability is by finding out what the expectations of your users are before they use the application. This can be in a focus group or through requirements engineering. Usability testing can also be used to discover how quickly end users pick up how to use the application. If the usability test is carried out several times with the same user at different intervals, you can also see how memorable the application was. Feedback can then be used to optimize the learnability of an application, increasing its chances of success on the market.

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