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Recently completed research on Computer Science textbooks provides strong indication that the more text students are confronted with, the less time they spend reading. Scalable active learning is a likely solution. We will present data collected using modern digital textbooks showing students read at a higher rate (800 wpm) when presented with lengthier passages of text (600+ words), when compared to reading rate (200 wpm) with shorter passages of text (≤ 200 words).

Upon completing this session, learners will:
• Gain insight on the negative impact that lengthy, wordy text imposes on student reading behavior and, in turn, limits learning.
• Learn the role active learning can play, at scale, to increase retention.
• Become aware of a potential alternative learning resource to standard books to boost student success, particularly in technology & math curriculum.