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What Makes Skilled Readers in Print Reading Become More and Less Successful in an Online Setting?

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We conducted an in-depth qualitative analysis of students’ online reading behaviors to identify characteristics that could result in different reading outcomes among highly competent print readers. Most online reading studies have identified skilled readers based on well-established theories of print reading. Nevertheless, higher competency in print reading is not necessarily sufficient for successful online reading comprehension. We analyzed students with high GPAs but diverging online reading outcomes and found that students with lower outcomes adopted a linear reading path typical in print reading whereas students with higher reading outcomes adopted a non-linear reading path that was goal-oriented yet flexible. Findings from this study suggest that how readers navigate the online textual environment is an important dimension to their reading outcomes.