E-readers are changing how people obtain content and interact with the printed word. New research has shown that when reading devices are configured in certain specific ways, many of those who struggle to read due to dyslexia are able to read more effectively. This short course is intended to familiarize you with the research explaining why this effect occurs in dyslexia, and enable you to apply this research to support people with dyslexia.
This course is provided free-of-charge through funding from the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Instutition’s Youth Access Grant program. Though the course is intended primarily for practicing professionals, and offers certification and professional development credits for those who qualify, the course is freely offered to everyone. (Though open to everyone, given that the course is intended primarily for professional learning disability specialists and others who support people with dyslexia, some level of familiarity with dyslexia is assumed as a prerequisite.)
The course will tentatively cover the following topics.
• Ch 1: What is Dyslexia?
• Ch 2: How is Dyslexia Diagnosed?
• Ch 3: What is the Phonological Theory of Dyslexia?
• Ch 4: Overview of New Research
• Ch 5: Who Benefits from E-Readers?
• Ch 6: Measuring Visual Span
• Ch 7: What is Visual Attention?
• Ch 8: Models of Reading
• Ch 9: Configuring Small Screens
• Ch 10: Fonts and Colors
• Ch 11: Device Overview
• Ch 12: Using a Device in Practice