Taskonomy vs Taxonomy

Classifying content is a often a very difficult task, because there’s not THE right way to do it. It always depends…
In his nice article Logic Versus Usage: The Case for Activity-Centered Design, Don Norman talks about taxonomies and taskonomies (a very nice expression, in my opinion). He is absolutely right when he states that “many of the designs being produced by the HCD community are far too logical. They follow the hardware store approach to classification. This organization is well-suited for well-structured retrieval, but ill-suited for the direct support of an activity.” [This of course not only holds true for the HCD community, it's the same in the elearning community!] “Taxonomic structures are appropriate when there is no context, when suddenly needing some new piece of information or tool. That’s why this structure works well for libraries, stores, websites, and the program menu of an operating system. But once an activity has begun, then taskonomy is the way to go, where things used together are placed near one another, where any one item might be located logically within the taxonomic structure but also wherever behaviorally appropriate for the activities being supported.”

via elearningpost

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