Rediscovering and Promoting Serious Reading: How the eZoomBook Platform Can Help

By Christopher De Marco and Christine Evain.

Published by Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal

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Published online: January 9, 2015 $US5.00

The digital age necessarily has an effect on how we read which tends to lean in the direction of quick and easy rather than slow and serious. This article is an attempt to define “serious reading”, drawing from the works of critics, psychologists, philosophers and fiction writers. It is also an attempt to show how “serious” and “reading” can become inter-related through a methodology and platform called eZoomBook that can guide users towards this goal. Our previous publications on eZoomBook look at reading from the perspective of the new technologies and the Generation Z reader to establish whether the eZoomBook teaching practice and tool encourages students to read above their level. This article takes our investigation one step further in highlighting what kind of reading our platform promotes and how it aims at helping us rediscover the concept of seriousness. Our objective is to motivate the Generation Z reader through technology to delve more deeply into texts, to invest time and effort in the act of reading, and to pursue reading from the perspective of stepping into the shoes of the writer.

Keywords: serious reading, pedagogy, Generation Z

Ubiquitous Learning: An International Journal, Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-13. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: January 9, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 365.055KB)).

Prof. Christopher De Marco

Professor at Audencia Nantes School of Management, Head of Language Dept, Audencia Nantes School of Management, Nantes, France

Assoc. Prof. Christine Evain

Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Foreign Languages & Corporate Cultures, Ecole Centrale de Nantes, Nantes, France