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learning time

the amount of time it takes to acquire a new skill or piece of knowledge up to a given level of mastery. Since nothing is ever learned perfectly, target levels of mastery must be defined, such as the ability to complete a task (ever), the ability to perform a task at a certain average completion time, or the ability to perform the task with 5 or fewer errors.

A common goal is to minimize the necessary amount of time to learn how to use software, or to make the learning time essentially zero (a “walk-up-and-use” interface).