LACOL Reading Group – Fall 2021

Attention Faculty and Staff! Consider joining a multi-campus reading group this fall based on the new book,

Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading

Reading Group Meeting Dates, Fall 2021:

  • October 27
  • November 3
  • November 10 discussion with the author Jenae Cohn 
  • All three meetings are at 4:00-5:15pm Eastern time via Zoom. See Details below.

Reading Group Registration: coming soon  (seats are limited)

J. Cohn, Cal State

Reading on a screen is a different experience than reading off of paper. But is it necessarily worse, more distracted, or more superficial?  In her new book, Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading, Dr. Jenae Cohn make the case that there are distinct strategies readers can employ for reading in a variety of spaces, from on the screen to off.  This book makes a call for readers to embrace a range of reading practices available to them and to make choices about where, how, and why they read based off of their purposes for reading.

Jenae Cohn writes and speaks about digital pedagogy and online teaching and learning. A trained writing instructor, Jenae has taught online, hybrid, and face-to-face composition courses, and supports faculty in the development of courses across modalities. She offers workshops on topics related to online instruction, humanities pedagogy, and digital literacy. Her research interests include digital/information literacy, metacognitive thinking, and reading and writing across the curriculum. Prior to her appointment at CSU-Sacramento, Dr. Cohn was an Academic Technology Specialist at Stanford University for 4 years where she helped foster remote learning and technology-enriched curriculum for 40+ instructors. At Stanford, she also designed in-person, online, and blended workshops for 120+ students per year. She also developed a Teaching With Technology page for Stanford University.

Jenae received a doctorate in Writing, Rhetoric, and Composition from the University of California-Davis and a BA in English with an emphasis on creative writing from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Book Group Info & Materials


Skim, Dive, Surface: Teaching Digital Reading

By Jenae Cohn, Ph. D., Director of Academic Technology at California State University-Sacramento
Book Group Meetings: all meetings 4:00-5:15pm Eastern
  • Session 1, October 27: Part 1. Skim: Understanding Historical, Affective, and Neurological Perspectives on Reading Technologies
  • Session 2, November 3: Part 2. Dive. Exploring the Digital Reading Framework to Promote Deep Reading Practices
  • Session 3, November 10: DISCUSSION WITH THE AUTHOR on Part 3. Surface. Critically Approaching the Adoption and Use of Digital Reading Technologies
Typical Session Format (Subject to Change based on Readers’ Interests)
  • First 20 min – welcome and framing
  • Writing Interlude 5 min – individual reflection on the reading
  • Middle 30 minutes – small group or paired discussions in Zoom breakout
  • Last 20 minutes – whole group sharing and synthesis