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Is Multiple-Column Online Text Better? It Depends!

By J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study investigated the effects of multi-column displays and justification on reading performance and satisfaction of an online narrative passage. Participants read a short story displayed in one of six formats (one, two, or three

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The Effects of Line Length on Reading Online News

By A. Dawn Shaikh Summary: This study examined the effects of line length on reading speed, comprehension, and user satisfaction of online news articles. Twenty college-age students read news articles displayed in 35, 55, 75, or 95 characters per line

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Evaluation Toolbox for Aviation Technical Publications

By Bonnie Rogers, Chris Hamblin, & Alex Chaparro National Institute for Aviation Research & Wichita State University Summary: This article describes the Evaluation Toolbox (Chaparro et al., 2004) – an aid to understand the process of evaluating the usability of

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Reading Online Text with a Poor Layout: Is Performance Worse?

by Barbara S. Chaparro, A. Dawn Shaikh, & J. Ryan Baker Summary: This study examined the effects of enhanced layout (headers, indentation, and figure placement) on reading performance, comprehension, and satisfaction. Participants read text passages with and without enhanced layout.

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The Role of Interactivity in Web-Based Educational Material

By Laurie Brady Summary: The effect of interactivity within an educational website was examined regarding learning outcomes, website satisfaction, and student time-on-task. The participants consisted of 72 seventh grade students from 5 classrooms. Each participant was randomly assigned to use

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