Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading (Teaching and Learning in Higher Education) (Paperback)

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Students are reading on screens more than ever—how can we teach them to be better digital readers?

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. Placing research from cognitive psychology, neuroscience, learning science, and composition in dialogue with insight from the scholarship of teaching and learning, Jenae Cohn shows how teachers can better frame, scaffold, and implement effective digital reading assignments. She positions digital reading as part of a cluster of literacies that students should develop in order to communicate effectively in a digital environment.

About the Author

Jenae Cohn writes and speaks about teaching and learning in digital spaces. She works as the director of academic technology at California State University, Sacramento. Find more at

Praise For…

“An important, accessible contribution to conversations about digital reading.”
Ellen Carillo, author of MLA Guide to Digital Literacy
Product Details
ISBN: 9781952271045
ISBN-10: 1952271045
Publisher: West Virginia University Press
Publication Date: June 1st, 2021
Pages: 288
Language: English
Series: Teaching and Learning in Higher Education