Tuesday, July 31, 2007

If I Write It, They Will Read It.

Numerous studies demonstrate that many students scan text online and read text offline. This means that your well crafted words may not be read on the computer screen. Most readers do not read an online page from start to finish. Here are some ways to write to expose your message:

  • Summarize main points in an executive summary format so these points appear at the start to the reading section.
  • Use lists and concise paragraphs
  • Write for scanning behavior
    -Use heading to organize related concepts
    -Set off important concepts and terminology with text styles
  • Create printable documents
    -Readers will print documents if they are comprehensive and contain sufficient detail.

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