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  • Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right  is another recent article noting a fascinating phenomena. “Textbook makers, bookstore owners and college student surveys all say millennials still strongly prefer print for pleasure and learning, a bias that surprises reading experts given the same group’s proclivity to consume most other content digitally. A University of Washington pilot study of digital textbooks found that a quarter of students still bought print versions of e-textbooks that they were given for free…”

  • Instructor Engagement with E-Texts  counters some of these perceptions and reports on a case study focused on Indiana University’s e-text initiative that has had success and highlights the key role faculty play in adoption. It notes “that instructors play an important role in e-text adoption by modeling active e-text use and creating meaningful interaction around the content. Simply put, when instructors engage with e-texts, so do their students…”

  • Why Reading On A Screen Is Bad For Critical Thinking adds more fuel to the fire. Author, Naomi S. Baron, admits that “teachers and students alike are judging that cost and convenience are ample grounds for replacing print with pixels.” However, Ms. Baron is more interested in the actual process of reading and comprehension and in studies that she has conducted she has found that “when reading either for (school) work or pleasure, the preponderance of students found it easiest to concentrate when reading in print.” She goes on to argue that the deep reading and the deliberation need for critical thinking “occurs when reading on paper.”  Of course, may people disagree so be sure to read the numerous critical comments.

(Ms. Baron is also the author of Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World.)

  • CC BY and Its Discontents–A Growing Challenge for Open Access is the latest entry in Rick Anderson’s “Peer to Peer Review” column in LJ.  In it he reports on a “conference of a major learned society in the humanities” that he recently attended. Although he was only there for two sessions, Rick “was deeply taken aback by the degree to which the scholars in attendance—not universally, but by an overwhelming majority—expressed frustration and even outright anger at the OA community. The word “predatory” was actually used at one point—not in reference to rapacious publishers, but to OA advocates. That was pretty shocking…”

1. [email protected] (20 – 24 July 2015),
2. [email protected] (28 July – 7 August 2015),
3. [email protected] (TBA 2015), and
4. EDIROM DH (7–11 September 2015).

And closer to home:

1. Humanities Intensive Learning and Teaching (HILT) workshops will be held from July 27th to July 31st on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis;
2. “Engaging the Public: Bets Practices for Crowdsourcing Across the Disciplines,” which is co-funded by the NEH, the Institute for Museum and Library Services, and the Sloan Foundation – at the University of Maryland campus; 
3. “Advanced Challenges in Theory and Practice in 3D Modeling of Culture Heritage Sites” at both UMass Amherst and UCLA (deadline March 30);
4. Institute for Community College Digital Humanists: Beyond Pockets of Innovation, Toward a Community of Practice, to be held at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon (deadline March 3);
5. Early Modern Digital Agendas: Advanced Topics, at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. (deadline March 2)…


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