Simplifying the LC-MS tutorial

I have a confession: I’m fascinated by words. For years, I’ve maintained various personal weblogs, each with a very limited—or even non-existent—audience, all for the love of crafting words. In a couple of weeks’ time, I’m even hoping to attend a lecture at a local university, entirely on the topic of words, their history and how they shape our thoughts.

All of this is very handy, as I recently found myself with the task of condensing our existing Progenesis LC-MS tutorial. Our aims were to:

  • simplify and speed-up the learning process
  • make it easier for an international audience to follow
  • host the tutorial on our website

Over the years, the old tutorial had grown and grown to the point where it worked better as a general user guide (and it’s still available as such). While it did follow the course of the tutorial experiment, it also took various diversions to explore the software’s features in more depth.

For last month’s exercise at Northumbria University, we decided a similar tutorial (for Progenesis SameSpots) was too long for novice users in the session time we had. Instead, we used a much-reduced version that went into less depth with the features. While that was a success, we noticed something we hadn’t expected to see. The final session included many more non-British students than earlier sessions and some of the language used in our guide was being misunderstood. Writing for an international audience then became a much greater priority. Hopefully, the new tutorial will be an improvement.

The fact that the new tutorial is a series of short web pages also gives us more flexibility to improve it in the future. Not only does it avoid a large download for each revision, it allows us to add things like video clips, which is something that a printed document can never include.

If you’d like a look at the new tutorial, just follow the link at the bottom-left of the Experiments screen in Progenesis LC-MS. Or you can simply click here. And, as ever, we’re keen to hear what you think; if anything’s unclear, or if you have any other comments, please use the Ask A Question form. Thanks. 🙂