Reading in the digital age




In 2019, Learning Developers at Lancaster University were awarded funding by ALDinHE to conduct a small project into how students read (Hargreaves et al., 2022a). We explored students’ perspectives and practices around reading academic texts in digital format. We analysed how students manage their digital reading, how they interact and engage with texts on-screen, and what influences their choices related to text format. One output of this project is an interactive online resource (see Hargreaves et al., 2022b) based upon insights gained from our students and we would like to present parts of this resource to the ALDinHE community.

Author Biographies

Sarah Robin, Lancaster University

Sarah Robin is a Learning Developer at Lancaster University. She works primarily with postgraduate students in Lancaster’s Management School supporting students with academic writing, managing peer mentoring and co-creating teaching materials for programmes throughout the school. Her research interests include student agency and voice, inclusivity and curriculum design.

Elizabeth Caldwell, Lancaster University

Elizabeth Caldwell, FHEA, CeLP, is the Learning Developer for the Faculty of Health and Medicine at Lancaster University. In addition to her learning development work, Beth is an active multi-disciplinary researcher with current projects centred on health communication in children’s literature.

Helen Hargreaves, Lancaster University

Helen Hargreaves is Learning Developer for EAP (English for Academic Purposes) at Lancaster University, where she runs a range of language development opportunities for students at all levels, including one-to-ones, workshops and short courses.


Hargreaves, H., Robin, S. and Caldwell, E. (2022a) ‘Student perceptions of reading digital texts for university study’, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, Issue 24, September.

Hargreaves, H., Caldwell, E., Robin, S. and King, M. (2022b) Reading for your studies [Xerte resource]. Available at: (Accessed: 21 October 2022)

Robins, S. (2022) Reading in print and in digital: strategies and choices, LearnHigher. Available at:




How to Cite

Robin, S., Caldwell, E. and Hargreaves, H. (2022) “Reading in the digital age”, Journal of Learning Development in Higher Education, (25). doi: 10.47408/jldhe.vi25.956.

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