The National Center for Supported eText (NCSeT) at the University of Oregon is a federally funded research center investigating the impact of "supported electronic text" (or supported etext) on students' comprehension of content area material. Supported etext is digital text that has been modified in ways that are designed to increase access and support comprehension. These modifications are categorized by the role they play in the reading process - leading to a typology of eleven types of etext supports (Anderson-Inman & Horney, 2007). The NCSeT Typology provides the conceptual framework for the research supported by NCSeT.
The research conducted by NCSeT is currently funded by two awards from the U.S. Department of Education.The first is a 2005 five-year cooperative agreement with the Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) in the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (Award # H327 R050005). This award supports a community of six research teams across the country, each investigating the impact of different etext supports for one or more disability population. Information about these research teams and their latest research reports can be accessed from the menu bar labeled "Research Sites." The second award is a 2009 Goal 2 research and development grant from the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) at the National Center for Education Research (Award # R305A090227). Entitled Project ESTRELLAS: Electronic Supported Text Research for English Language Learner Academic Success, this new three year initiative will develop and test a bilingual, supported etext electronic reading environment designed to enhance literacy and learning for ELL middle school students who are native Spanish speakers.