Love it, avoid it, or ehh…Reading is a constant in higher education
“… faculty face the stark and depressing challenge of facilitating learning when over 70% of the students will not have read assigned course reading”
Hobson, E. H. (2004). Getting Students to Read: Fourteen Tips. IDEA Paper No. 44, Manhattan,
KS: Kansas State University, Center for Faculty Evaluation and Development.
“ I don’t need to read it because the instructor goes over it in class”
“ I don’t need to read it because the instructor never refers to it”
“ You turned this course into an independent learning course and didn’t do your job of teaching.”
Amount of reading in any one class or during any given time frame
Types of items: handouts, non-scholarly articles, textbooks & secondary sources, scholarly articles, primary & classic sources, etc.
Difficulty of material
Format of class: in-person, hybrid, or online
*Your Mileage May Vary
Where specifically does reading frustrate you?
Speed: just getting through
Analysis: taking it apart
Synthesis: connecting it
Text to speech
Select at least three tools from the list on Day 2: Reading page of the wiki
Try them out
Record your experiences on your page in the wiki – use the table to make this easy
“ ...find out why you don't understand what you read...Is it because the words are unfamiliar? ...The reason you are having trouble is not because the book is written to confuse you. The trouble may be ...understanding difficult concepts. The trouble could be because you are faced with new words. The solution here is simple; look them up.” Tips for increasing reading comprehension for students. http://www.helium.com/items/455675-college-students-become-frustrated Visited 4/24/08
Understanding the definition
How much do you look up?
Online dictionaries – bookmark your favorite!
Wikipedia for background (use search tools in Firefox)
Ultimate Talking Dictionary
Website for your textbook- bookmark it
Keep your bookmarks organized across computers with Foxmarks or by using Firefox portable – or both!