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Google Reader


Google Reader is an information gathering and management application. Google Reader brings content from numerous sources to one web site for quick and simple updates and reading. Faculty may recommend to students enrolled in their courses that they create their own Google Reader account for ease of finding, obtaining, and reading current information on course related topics.

For some students with cognitive disabilities, organizing multiple sources of information is a challenge. Google Reader provides one location to manage course related information that is automatically updated. Additionally, research findings from faculty and student interviews and surveys have shown that course organization is one of the main challenges in online courses. Google Reader is an application that provides faculty and students with a means to organize and manage course related topics while staying abreast of the most current information.


Please click below for an audio of the introduction to Google Reader.


Instructions on How to Use Google Reader

Please click here PDF download to download a pdf version of the instructional guide to Google Reader.


Please click below for a video demonstration of how to use Google Reader.

Demo: Getting Started with Google Reader

Technical Requirements and Where to Access Google Reader

No specific hardware or software is required to use Google Reader. Google Reader will work with any operating system and Internet browser.


Go to www.reader.google.com to access Google Reader.


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Every e-Tool in the e-Toolbox was reviewed by either a UDI Online Project research and design team member, or one or several faculty at five partner institutions who incorporated a specific e-Tool into an online or blended course they taught. Faculty from these partner institutions also requested that students review the e-Tool included in a course or products created through the use of the e-Tool (e.g., documents, videos, audio clips, or other items). Likert scale surveys with open-ended questions were used by respondents.  Feedback from the reviewing UDI Online team member or faculty who used a tool is presented in addition to student ratings when available.  


e-Tool Review Results

Faculty e-Tool Review Results
Number of faculty reviewers: 1

A member of the project research and design team has reviewed this e-tool. Google Reader easily collects information from different web sources on a specific topic. This feature could be utilized by students as a starting point for their research and/or to build background knowledge on a course topic. This tool could also be utilized by students to search for other resources to supplement the resources provided by an instructor.