THE READING HABITS of creative multimedia students have changed during my past 11 years in the classroom. They're almost exclusively electronic now.
I asked a small group of fourth year students on campus about their reading habits, following a set of questions that emerged on Audioboo. Although I could have predicted the overall answers, I'm fascinated by (1) the need for quiet or intimate space and (2) the lack of electronic note taking while reading. Both of these reading patterns earn my respect because I now know without a doubt the length of time a well-focused mind takes to truly make a deep dive into long form reading. In my own life, if I expect to comprehend and remember more than half of what I'm seeing on a screen or on a page, I need to carve out time and place to read, really read.
You can hear what my students think about this idea in the audio clip they've made for this blog post.
Listen to "Reading Habits Shared" on Audioboo. Bernie Goldbach is the senior creative multimedia lecturer in the Limerick School of Art and Design.