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  • 1. Love it, avoid it, or ehh…Reading is a constant in higher education
  • 2.
    • “… 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.
  • 3.
    • “ I don’t need to read it because the instructor goes over it in class”
    • vs.
    • “ I don’t need to read it because the instructor never refers to it”
    • Vs.
    • “ You turned this course into an independent learning course and didn’t do your job of teaching.”
  • 4.
    • 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
  • 5.  
  • 6. Where specifically does reading frustrate you?
  • 7.  
  • 8.
    • Speed: just getting through
    • Comprehension: understanding
    • Retention: remembering
    • Analysis: taking it apart
    • Synthesis: connecting it
  • 9.
    • Text to speech
    • Vocabulary support
    • Text interaction
  • 10.
    • 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
  • 11. “ ...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. Visited 4/24/08
  • 12.
    • Time
    • Understanding the definition
    • How much do you look up?
  • 13.
    • 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!
    • Google search define:
  • 14.
    • Try using Google define: with a couple of words.
    • Try out Ultimate Talking Dictionary
      • Start>All Programs>Premier AT>Ultimate Talking Dictionary
    • Try 2 different online dictionaries. Which is most helpful?
    • Record your experiences on your wiki page
  • 15.
    • No tactile input
    • Little variation in how text looks (background, size, page layout)
    • Other distractions on screen
    • “ ...the reading process is 25%-40% slower on screen than from the printed page and that we tend to skim read on screen material instead of reading the detailed textual content.” (Nielsen &Krug, 2000)
  • 16.
    • Text to speech
    • Etext Reader – highlighting, extraction, summary
    • PDF Equalizer
    • Skim (Mac)
  • 17.
    • Side-by-side reading view (in Word – View, Reading Layout)
    • Use full-screen view or remove toolbars temporarily
    • Change background color (Settings, Control Panel, Display, Appearance. Change to Windows classic)
    • Reading tools on your USB drive
    • WordFlashReader
  • 18.
    • Try each of the four visual helps on your USB drive
      • T-Bar
      • RapidSet
      • Vu-Bar
      • ssOverlay
    • Record your experiences on your wiki page!
  • 19.
    • Bookshare
    • Learning Ally
    • Open Library
    • Project Gutenberg and Librivox
    • Go check out each of these resources
    • Record your experience on your wiki page . How might they be useful to you in the future?
  • 20.
    • Kindle
    • iPad
    • Evolution of eBooks