I am currently in an online class. In the class I have to read several different articles dealing with math. Looking over lesson plans and reading classmates responses to the reading. It’s a great way to learn even more about how to teach math. However, this post isn’t about math or the class I’m taking. I want to talk about reading online.
For instance, you’re reading this blog. It’s pretty easy to read. What makes it easy? Is it my lack of some language usage? Is it using everyday jargon? Is it how the page and text is set up? I feel that a lot of online reading becomes difficult when it fills the page like it does here. For this class, just about every educational article I read looks like this. I get frustrated in reading because I get lost, or the amount of words is scary.
Do we do this to students when we assign them reading? When you see all the words like this, it becomes intimidating and difficult to read. I copy and paste articles that look like this into a TextEdit on my computer and adjust it so that it is not as wide. Reading the article does not seem so tough to read then.
Am I the only one that feels this way? Do others see reading articles online difficult to read? Is it mainly educational sites that post information like this? What are your thoughts?