Explicit Instruction: Online Reading Strategies
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Instructors can model how they read web-based texts using think alouds with multimedia demonstrations. For example, an instructor can walk students through the process of navigating news sources online to find more information on a given topic to support the development of information literacy. Modeling these processes supports learners' Self-regulation and may help strengthen Foundational Reading Skills. Including skills for web-based reading, like highlighting and summarizing information from these sources or studying graphs, charts, videos and images along with text as a part of their assignments, helps adult learners comprehend the information better, make connections between what they are reading, and prompt the Cognitive Flexibility required to read online. Programs can include visual maps for learners to fill in to track what links and sites they have visited while reading online texts, supporting their Metacognition.