This week CIDR researcher, Dr Jeanne-Louise Moys visited the University of Limerick. Working with Dr Ann Marcus-Quinn (University of Limerick) and Dr Tríona Hourigan, Jeanne-Louise is developing interactive eLearning materials for a new digital study of typographic differentiation. The bespoke materials will be used in a classroom study measuring the effects of typographic differentiation on learners’ recall and motivation.
In Ireland, there is a paucity of Open Educational Resources for teachers of English at post-primary level so this project responds directly to this need by considering how well-designed digital resources could be used to enhance the classroom environment. It is hoped that the research findings will be used to develop guidelines for future resources and continuing professional development for teachers.
This exciting collaborative project is part of our involvement in the E-COST research network: E-READ. The project team brings together different disciplinary expertise: typography and information design (Jeanne-Louise), technical communication and education (Ann and Tríona). This week the team focused on developing the resource prototype and planning some expert reviews to validate it ahead of carrying out the study in Limerick in the autumn.