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Readability Community News: Aleena Niklaus, Adobe

Readability Community News: Adobe’s Aleena Niklaus

Adobe Computer Scientist Presents Digital Reading Rulers Research   From computer scientist and engineer to published researcher, first-author Aleena Niklaus presented Digital Reading Rulers: Evaluating Inclusively Designed Rulers for Readers With Dyslexia and Without at the leading international conference on Human-Computer Interaction ACM CHI’23. Physical reading rulers have been used with books for years as…

THERIF: Themes for Readability from Iterative Feedback

Research Highlight | THERIF: Themes for Readability from Iterative Feedback

Engineering Reading Themes for Diverse Audiences   Prior research has shown that personalization of text formats can significantly improve reading performance, creating better results in speed, accuracy, and comprehension. As these benefits are better understood, digital reading application providers are working to offer readers custom control over text settings, but adjusting the settings can be…

Digital Reading Rulers Evaluating Inclusively Designed Rulers for Readers With Dyslexia and Without, CHI'23

Research Highlight: Digital Reading Rulers

Evaluating Inclusively Designed Rulers for Readers With Dyslexia and Without   At the leading international conference on Human-Computer Interaction ACM CHI’23, first-author Aleena Niklaus presented Digital Reading Rulers: Evaluating Inclusively Designed Rulers for Readers With Dyslexia and Without. Physical reading rulers have been used with books for years as a readability aid. The research team…

Individualized Format Readability: The Messy Research Processes of Educational Technologies

Individualized Format Readability: The Messy Research Processes of Educational Technologies

University of Arizona Researchers Report on Readability for College Students   A 3-year project investigates the impact of better reading formats for college students. Funded by a University of Arizona CUES grant, the research is intended to catalyze innovative teaching and learning. Personalized reading formats allow students to customize their reading experience by changing the…

Readability in Education: "When readability format becomes a support rather than a barrier, students can build and leverage their reading strenghts across all of their education." Susanne Nobles, ReadWorks

Impact: Better Readability in Education

Lightning Learning with Susanne Nobles, Chief Academic Officer, ReadWorks   Is it important that a student can increase her reading speed and comprehension by 33% when simple changes are made to her reading text format? Dr. Susanne Nobles says yes.   Susanne joined cognitive neuroscientist Dr. Shannon Sheppard (Chapman University) and Dr. Sofie Beier (Royal…

Tianyuan Cai, Adobe Research

An interview with Tianyuan Cai, Adobe Research

Passion for Readability Work Leads ML Engineer to Adobe Research   Readability Matters sat down with Tianyuan (Tian) Cai to discuss how his multidisciplinary experience led him to his position as a research engineer with Adobe Research. Tian is a problem-solver who uses his technical expertise and innovative thinking to create solutions for society’s complex…

The Readability Consortium Associates Named

The Readability Consortium Names Associates

Congratulations, Associates!   The Readability Consortium, a readability research consortium housed at the University of Central Florida, announced the addition of Associates. The full-member board selected these new members in recognition of their continuing work to advance the emerging readability research field. Research Associates provide subject matter expertise, population access and explore their vital areas…