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cognitive walkthrough

an approach to evaluating a user interface based on stepping through common tasks that a user would need to perform and evaluating the user’s ability to perform each step. This approach is intended especially to help understand the usability of a system for first-time or infrequent users, that is, for users in an exploratory learning mode.

Based on a user’s goals, a group of evaluators steps through tasks, evaluating at each step how difficult it is for the user to identify and operate the interface element most relevant to their current subgoal and how clearly the system provides feedback to that action.