The Purpose and Practice of Academic Reading

This post is the first in a series of three reviewing the literature on academic reading by Rachel Bartley (UCL, Active Online Reading project student researcher). In reviewing the literature on student reading practices in higher education we begin with a post that examines the basic core of academic reading. In pursuing more effective strategiesContinue reading The Purpose and Practice of Academic Reading

Undermining Learning: The Potential Dangers of Digital Reading

In this post, one of our student researchers, Samantha Sharman (Lincoln), offers a short summary of a recent article by Naomi S. Baron on digital technologies, especially reading online, can sometimes undermine learning. Baron’s article provides an interesting insight into the science behind how we learn, and the difference in knowledge retention when using digitalContinue reading Undermining Learning: The Potential Dangers of Digital Reading

Reading in Design – a student perspective

The next in our series of posts on student practices and experiences of reading is from Linh Dao and Hannah Morley, MA students in Design at Sheffield Hallam University. Surrounded by Design, designers are increasingly challenged to question design solutions by futurizing and speculating practices; an integral part of the design and research process (Tonkinwise,Continue reading Reading in Design – a student perspective

History – that must be a lot of reading!

In this week’s final post from one of the Active Online Reading project’s student researchers, Stefan Szablewski, who is studying History at the University of Nottingham, shares his reflections on his own reading practices – digital and otherwise. ‘Oh, History’ the reply invariably goes, before a furrowing of the brow. ‘That must be a lotContinue reading History – that must be a lot of reading!

Analysing student reading practices through observation of social annotation

In this post, Catherine Bostock, one of our student researchers from the University of Lincoln, shares plans for her research project, which will involve testing the applicability of the findings of a recent article to a set of (anonymised) data on student annotation practices using the Talis Elevate tool. For my element of the researchContinue reading Analysing student reading practices through observation of social annotation