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Difference between task and activity



 
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Difference between task and activity #1 (permalink) Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:05 am   Difference between task and activity
 

Hi,

I would like to know what?s the difference between task and activity, please.

Thanks

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Difference between task and activity #2 (permalink) Tue Jun 13, 2006 11:49 am   Difference between task and activity
 

Hi maria A.

You didn’t give a context, but generally, as I think, 'activity' has a wider sense.
Activity can consist of tasks.
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Difference between task and activity #3 (permalink) Tue Jun 13, 2006 13:19 pm   Difference between task and activity
 

An activity can be something you are just doing, and it may or may not have any purpose. Someone may or may not have told you to do it.

A task is usually an activity with a purpose. It can be an assignment that someone has told you to do, or it can be some kind of chore.
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Difference between task and activity #4 (permalink) Sat Jun 17, 2006 7:50 am   Difference between task and activity
 

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It also may depend on the context field. This from psychological research:

"The distinction task vs. activity is particularly relevant to
task analysis and usability evaluation. A reliable measure
of the distance between what is prescribed (task) and what
is actually performed (activity) could lead to refinements
in the task model and (re)design decisions."
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