In postindustrial societies, the use of written texts for communication, driven by the rapid development of digital information and communication technologies, has grown strongly. Children, adolescents, and adults of all ages are spending more and more time reading texts on the Internet for personal, educational, or professional purposes. These activities not only require good reading skills in the traditional sense, but also present readers with new challenges. Relevant information must be found efficiently, and information must be compared and integrated across various sources or forms of media presentation (e.g., text, images, and videos). Readers must be able to critically evaluate the quality of written information in order to protect themselves against misinformation, rumors, and propaganda. The digital revolution has also fertilized the development of new research methods. These include methods for capturing psychological processes and competencies involved in reading and learning with texts and multimedia. They also include advanced statistical methods for analyzing reading processes and learning outcomes.
The Würzburg Summer School of Reading and Learning in the Digital World (READI) 2018 will offer focused, in depth courses that advance participants' knowledge and skills. It will bring together renowned experts with doctoral students working in the field. It will take place from July 8th to July 13th, 2018; all courses will be taught in English.