Although much research exists on digital reading, confusion about literacy terminology persists. Inspired by a recent article in Reading Research Quarterly, the authors explore a multifaceted heuristic of digital reading developed by Julie Coiro. The heuristic, which offers a way to systematically organize, label, and define complex terms, concepts, and practices related to digital reading experiences, served as a reference point to examine the authors’ journey of defining digital reading. Highlighting three aspects of Coiro’s heuristic--text, activity, and context--the authors begin by describing the development of an authentic online reading assessment instrument (COT-R), which focuses on elementary students’ processes of online text navigation and evaluation. The authors then unpack the complexities of defining digital reading encountered during the evolution of the assessment instrument. In addition, they argue for increased attention on hyperlinks, which they found to be a defining text feature of online reading.
Pilgrim, J., & Vasinda, S. (2023). Unpacking and Illustrating Coiro’s Multifaceted Heuristic of Digital Reading Through the Development of the COT-R Assessment. Reading Horizons: A Journal of Literacy and Language Arts, 62 (2). Retrieved from https://scholarworks.wmich.edu/reading_horizons/vol62/iss2/3