ECU Writing Centre Reading Sessions: "Skim, Dive, Surface"

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Join us for this series where we will read Skim, Dive, Surface and meet online to discuss the book together. The author will attend two sessions.


Jan 25, 2023 11:30am – 1:00pm

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How does digital reading shape the way + what we learn?

"Smartphones, laptops, tablets: college students are reading on-screen all the time, and digital devices shape students’ understanding of and experiences with reading. In higher education, however, teachers rarely consider how digital reading experiences may have an impact on learning abilities, unless they’re lamenting students’ attention spans or the distractions available to students when they’re learning online.

Skim, Dive, Surface offers a corrective to these conversations—an invitation to focus not on losses to student learning but on the spectrum of affordances available within digital learning environments. It is designed to help college instructors across the curriculum teach digital reading in their classes, whether they teach face-to-face, fully online, or somewhere in between." [From: West Virginia University Press]

Join us for this series where we will read Skim, Dive, Surface by Jenae Cohn and meet online to discuss the book together.


Session Meetings:
Wednesdays, Jan 18 - Mar 1, 2023 (no session reading break)
11:30am - 1pm PST

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  • Week 1, January 18th -- Previewing: Overview of the text and the topic “Why Digital Reading” focusing on the introduction and conclusion
  • Week 2, January 25th -- Skim: Understanding Historical, Affective, and Neurological Perspectives on Reading Technologies
  • Week 3, February 1st -- Jenae Cohn speaks to the group
  • Week 4, February 8th -- Dive: Exploring the Digital Reading Framework to Promote Deep Reading Practices (with a discussion of practical classroom activities)
  • Week 5, February 15th -- Surface: Critically Approaching the Adoption and Use of Digital Reading Technologies (including ethical considerations)
  • Week 6, March 1st -- Q&A with Jenae Cohn

Visit for more information on Dr. Cohn's work.