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Technological momentum is pushing colleges to digitize materials, courses, and classrooms, but screen-based learning is not as effective for students in remedial writing classes. The differences between how students read on paper and screen, the distractions and difficulties of screens, the haptics of writing and their contribution to reading and learning, and the necessity for annotation and proofreading make paper and pens the most effective tools for rebuilding low level and basic literacy while moving towards proficiency. As the facilitators of literacy, college professors teaching remedial courses become gatekeepers, and they must not allow the digital wave to wash them towards inferior pedagogies and teaching materials when their students’ ability to stay in college and to move in the world as fully literate adults is at stake.
|Keywords:||Remedial Students, Basic Literacy, Digital Literacy, Proficiency, Screens, Material Texts, Paper and Pens, Haptics, Reading and Writing|
Adjunct Lecturer, English Department, Borough of Manhattan Community College, New York, NY, USA
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