Department Chair

Brandon Kawa

Date of Award


Access Control

Open Access

Degree Name

International Graduate Program for Educators - M. S. in Multidisciplinary studies


International Graduate Program for Educators


Dr. Christopher Shively


With the ever increasing developments in technology, many question what it means to teach the skill of reading in such an unprecedented digital age. Not since the conception of the printing press have we seen such rapid changes in literacy and therefore the question of whether reading can be taught using a digital medium in order to equip learners with skills needed for the 21st century is a common discussion in the education field among educators and institutions. It is correct to say that this new era has drastically changed reading practices and behaviours towards reading as younger generations have shown they are proficient at reading digital texts just as they are when they are presented with a printed text due to how commonplace digital formats of text have become (Chen & Chen, 2014). Furthermore, it should not be assumed that one format is seen as more important than the other in terms of educational value in the eyes of the readers.