Showcase of Digital Reading Innovation

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You are invited to a Showcase of Digital Reading Innovation, hosted by the Reading and Writing Innovation Lab (Centre for Teaching and Learning) and the Cheng Kar Shun Digital Hub (Jesus College).

Come and learn about new hardware, software, and strategies to help you become a more productive academic reader.

You will get a chance to spend some hands on time with various technologies and attend talks on choosing hardware e-readers, selecting note-taking apps and building a digital academic reading toolkit.

Quick info

  • What: Opportunity to see the latest in hardware and software for reading and attend talks
  • When: Monday 6 March 2023, 2.30-6.30pm
    • Exhibition opens: 2.30pm
    • Showcase and short talks: 2.30-5.30pm
    • Final presentation: Academic reading in the digital age: How to choose the right tools and strategies: 5.30-6.30pm
  • Where: Cheng Kar Shun Digital Hub, Jesus College, Market Street, Oxford
  • Register for free





Showcase opens – attendees can visit stalls while talks are going on


Talk: What to look out for when choosing an eReader


Talk: Tablets and apps that make a better reading experience


Talk: Tools for organising readings and reading notes


Showcase closes


Seminar: Academic reading in the digital age: How to choose the right tools and strategies

What you can see

Since the introduction of the Kindle, there has been much innovation in devices and interfaces for digital reading.

This showcase of devices from the Reading and Writing Innovation Lab (Centre for Teaching and Learning) will give you an overview of what is happening in this space and give you a chance to get some hands-on time with:

  1. Different types of e-readers (including the reMarkable)
  2. Different tablet form factors (including iPad Pro and Kindle Fire)
  3. Apps for reading and managing digital reading
  4. Touch interfaces for annotation and note taking (including different types of styluses and digital pens)
  5. Digital highlighters and hand held scanners for reading printed materials
  6. Mac and Windows applications for reading and managing the reading workflow

Attendees will have chance to book one-on-one or small group consultations after the showcase for more in-depth exploration.

You can see an overview of the tools available in the Advent of Digital Reading (PDF).

Talks you can attend

You can visit the showcase any time between 2.30pm and 5.30pm to browse the various devices, or you can schedule your visit to coincide with various short talks presenting different aspects of digital reading.

Short talks

The following short 15-minute talks will present key information that will help you make better decisions about which of the tools in the showcase are worth an investment.

What to look out for when choosing an e-Reader (3pm-3.15pm)

  • What makes e-readers different from tablets and who are they best for
  • Different types of e-readers and their advantages
  • Options for digital hand-writing on e-readers

Tablets and apps that make a better reading experience (4pm-4.15pm)

  • Why choose a tablet and which one is right for you
  • Which apps will make your reading and note-taking easier
  • How to integrate a tablet into your reading and note-taking workflow

Tools for organising readings and reading notes (5pm-5.15pm)

  • Keeping track of your digital files with folders or databases
  • Choosing the right note taking app for reading
  • Organising your notes to support your writing and learning projects

Academic reading in the digital age: How to choose the right tools and strategies

This one-hour seminar at the end of the day will discuss what are the consequences of using digital tools for reading. It will offer a framework of academic reading to make it easier to choose the appropriate tools and strategies. It will cover:

  • What makes academic reading so different?
  • Effective strategies for productive academic reading
  • Choosing the right digital tools to support effective strategies
  • Digital skills necessary to make the most out of digital reading
  • Tools for going from reading to learning and writing

Who is it for

This event is open to all staff and students at Oxford who are interested in improving their digital reading. It will be ideal for people deciding whether to purchase a device or recommend one for others.

It will be of particular interest to:

  • Librarians
  • Researchers
  • Teaching staff
  • Students
  • Disability advisors