Personalized Reading Formats Make Better Readers


Readability Matters will be back at SXSW EDU. Join us in Austin as we share the stage with ReadWorks, Adobe, and the  University of Arizona to present insights from a new body of readability research that can inform the design of better learning applications.

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Personalized Reading Formats Make Better Readers

SXSW EDU - Personalized Reading Formats Make Better ReadersReading is on the cusp of a revolution! Small typographical changes to text format can maximize an individual’s ability to read quickly and accurately, and comprehend more. Digital reading allows the shift from what is best for the population to what is best for the individual reader. Insights from a new body of Readability research, including a sneak peek into results that demonstrate average comprehension gains of +20% for K-8 students, will inform the design of better learning applications.


SXSW EDU 2022About SXSW EDU The SXSW EDU Conference & Festival cultivates and empowers a community of engaged stakeholders to advance teaching and learning. SXSW EDU is a component of the South by Southwest® (SXSW®) family of conferences and festivals. Internationally recognized as the convergence gathering for creative professionals, SXSWedu extends SXSW’s support for the art of engagement to include society’s true rock stars: educators!

About Dr. Susanne Nobles, ReadWorks  Dr. Susanne Nobles is Chief Academic Officer at the nonprofit ReadWorks. The mission of ReadWorks is to support the growth of successful, joyful readers by providing K-12 teachers with what to teach and how to teach it—online, for free, to be shared broadly.

About Rick Treitman, Adobe  Rick is Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Adobe Document Cloud – specializing in Education. Rick’s work as EIR involves early-stage development of tools and solutions for Adobe’s customers. Current projects include readability controls in Acrobat and establishing the Virtual Readability Lab at the University of Central Florida.

About Dr. Rochelle (Shelley) Rodrigo, University of Arizona Shelley is the Senior Director of the Writing Program; Associate Professor in the Rhetoric, Composition, and the Teaching of English (RCTE); and Associate Writing Specialist (Continuing Status) in the Department of English at the University of Arizona.

About Kathy Crowley, Readability Matters  Kathy works at the intersection of technology and reading, She founded Readability Matters, a tech-for-good non-profit engaging cross-sector organizations to deliver personalized reading environments, empowering everyone everywhere to achieve more.