Calling for Students and Teachers, 3rd-8th Grade
Online Readability Study
The Virtual Readability Lab (VRL) at The University of Central Florida studies the design and impact of readability. The goal of this study is to test the impact of individualized font and spacing on children’s reading speed, accuracy, and comprehension. Strong effects have been found in adults using the VRL. This study is designed to use the same platform to evaluate how personalized reading formats may impact reading for children. Individualized readability features may provide a simple and effective way for teachers and educational technology developers to improve reading outcomes.
- Seeking students and teachers in the 3rd-8th grade to participate.
- Students will independently complete online readability tasks in two 30-minute sessions over a two-week period.
- Teachers and parents will be asked to provide feedback on the VRL tool.
- Compensation is available for those who participate in the study.
About Dr. Stephanie Day: Dr. Day has fifteen years of experience managing large-scale research projects for the University of California, Irvine, Arizona State University, and the Florida Center for Reading Research and has now joined the Virtual Readability Lab at the University of Central Florida. Much of her work has been concentrated on developing new technology that can be used to improve reading skills.