Typographic Effect on Learning Management System Effectiveness

Co-authored with former student on whose dissertation I served as a committee member.


Learning Management Systems (LMS) harness and share knowledge. The most extensive and well-populated knowledge networks are useless if they remain underutilized, with lower performing students 40% less likely to effectively use the LMS than higher performing peers. This study investigated the effect of four typographic elements—typeface, size, alignment, and emphasis—on perceived knowledge sharing effectiveness. With a sample size of 108 participants, typeface, size, alignment, and emphasis each had a significant (p < .05) effect on knowledge sharing effectiveness. Arial was the preferred typeface (p < .0001), 12-point the preferred font size (p = .0001), left or justified the preferred alignment (p < .0001), and sentence case the preferred emphasis (p < .0001). The ease and increased prevalence of adjusting these typographic elements thus leads to potential adverse effects on student use of LMS and their learning outcomes.


This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Journal Article
Natasha Morrison-Jones & Teresa L North
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World Journal of Educational Research
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Thursday, May 23, 2019
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