Lab Contact: Jacqui Speculand
This project investigates the effectiveness and efficiency of Spritz (computer based speed reading application) as a learning resource, particularly for students with dyslexia. Sean Graham and Arinola Adefila, supported by Principal Project Lead Jacqui Speculand, will test the efficacy of Spritzed learning resources by developing an App specifically for Biomedical Science students on the Add+vantage “Learning to Write Scientifically” module*.
- To evaluate Spritz as a tool to enhance reading online: the initial goal of the project was to consider whether Spritz was a useful tool for students to improve their online reading experience.
- To evaluate the use of Spritz technology to support dyslexic students: Further evaluations were suggested to test the app with dyslexic students.
“Traditional reading involves publishing text in lines and moving your eyes sequentially from word to word. For each word, the eye seeks a certain point within the word, which we call the “Optimal Recognition Point” or ORP. After your eyes find the ORP, your brain starts to process the meaning of the word that you’re viewing. With each new word, your eyes move, called a “saccade”, and then your eyes seek out the ORP for that word. Once the ORP is found, processing the word for meaning and context occurs and your eyes move to the next word. When your eyes encounter punctuation within and between sentences, your brain is prompted to assemble all of the words that you have read and processes them into a coherent thought.”
January – March 2015
Spritz was introduced to students on the add+vantage module “learning to write scientifically”. The students were asked to use the technology for their scientific reading during the module. Reading speeds and comprehension were measured at the beginning, middle and end of the module.
Students were asked for feedback on the technology and their use of it. There was a great deal of feedback about the limitations of the current version, but discussion around the potential advantages of using it.
May – September 2015
Sean Graham developed an extended application in response to the student feedback.
- September 2015: The evaluation has been completed. The app is being developed and tested by the university’s CELE.