Card #41


To teach something new, start with the simplest form of the behavior; reinforce increasingly accurate approximations of the behavior.

How might this apply to the Web?

Video games use shaping to help players succeed at increasing challenges. Rather than immerse someone in your application, why not start with a small set of features and reveal more with use? Or, you could offer rewards for mastery of a subject or increasing proficiency. Identify the desired behavior, list the steps necessary to reach that behavior, reward completion of a step until mastered, then add in the next step as a prerequisite for receiving the reward.

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