Teaching Critical Reading in the Digital Age
Moderated By: Matthew Parfitt, PhD, Boston University
In the digital age, students read differently -- reading fewer books, reading on devices like tablets and phones, reading interrupted by frequent distractions. Yet attentive, absorbed, thoughtful reading is still an essential part of a liberal education. What exactly do we mean by "critical" reading? What sort of activities does it entail? How can we help our students develop this skill and practice it in our courses? This interactive workshop will offer concrete strategies for helping students to focus on, comprehend, and respond intelligently to the readings we assign.
Matthew Parfitt (Ph. D. Boston College) is Associate Professor and Chair of the Rhetoric Division at the College of General Studies, Boston University. He has been teaching reading, writing and critical thinking for twenty years. In 2003, he received the Peyton Richter Award for interdisciplinary teaching. He is the author of Writing in Response (Bedford/St. Martins 2011), a brief rhetoric with a strong emphasis on critical reading, and an approach to writing that thoroughly integrates critical reading strategies into the writing process.
With Dawn Skorczewski (Brandeis University), he edited the anthology, Conflicts and Crises in the Composition Classroom: And What Instructors Can Do About Them (Heinemann/Boynton Cook 2003). He has also published on World War I literature, the poetry of Robert Frost, and composition studies. He is currently writing a study of Walt Whitman’s notion of “comrade love” as interpreted by British writers from 1870 to 1930.
Additional Workshop offered by Dr. Matt Parfitt:
Participation in this workshop is limited to registered participants only. All registered participants are required to attend the entire workshop.
Breakfast will be available at 8:30am. Lunch will be provided at the end of the workshop. If you have any specific dietary needs, please do let us know.
Please direct all questions and RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This workshop is a Core Course Development Workshop - for details on the new Core Curriculum and other events, see HERE.
This program will be video and audio taped and may be podcast. By your willing participation in the program, you expressly and irrevocably consent to be photographed, videotaped and/or audio taped and quoted/cited. The films, tapes, and other digital recordings will become the property of the Center of Teaching Excellence, LMU.