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Using Technology to Increase Readability of Instructional Materials

Presented by:

Amy Wagler & Larry Lesser, The University of Texas at El Paso


Accessibility of written text is one factor that affects how effectively statistics students make connections with a learning resource (e.g., see our paper in the January 2015 Journal of Technical Writing and Communication, We will give attendees an experiential motivation and then demonstrate and facilitate interaction with readily available applications which explore the readability of any written instructional resource. The session uses readily-available tools such as LexTutor, Coh-Metrix, and readability statistics in Microsoft Word. Participants will have the opportunity to incorporate the results of the analysis into a revision of a piece of statistical text. A handout with key resources and references will be provided.



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