Digital Literacy: Reading and Writing in Online Contexts


Digital literacy is the ability to use digital technologies, communication tools, and networks to find, evaluate, create, communicate, and be critical about information, to solve problems, and to participate in an increasingly digital society. 

This session will explore the challenges and opportunities of reading and writing in online contexts. We will discuss the different ways that people read and write online, and the impact of these technologies on our literacy practices.

This session is designed for participants who are interested in improving their skills in online reading and writing. It is also a valuable resource for participants who are taking online courses or who plan to use online resources for their academic work. It will provide participants with the skills they need to read and write effectively in online contexts by looking at the affordances that online texts have over print. It will examine the effect of  hypertextually, interactivity, and multimediality on texts as well as look at tools available to assist online writing. 

The session will be interactive and participants will have the opportunity to share their own experiences with reading and writing online. We will also provide resources and tools that participants can use to further their own digital literacy learning.

Please note: this event will close to enrolments at 23:59 UTC on 21 January 2024.

Programme details

All times UTC (GMT)

Reading and writing in online contexts: part 1


Reading and writing in online contexts: part 2

End of session


Description Costs
Course Fee £55.00


If you are in receipt of a UK state benefit or are a full-time student in the UK you may be eligible for a reduction of 50% of tuition fees.

Concessionary fees for short courses


Shaun Wilden

Shaun is an education technologist who teaches and trains both face-to-face and online courses.

In the Department for Continuing Education he teaches digital literacy as well as short courses in mobile learning and teaching online. His latest book, Mobile Learning, was published by Oxford University Press.

He is the academic director for online courses for the International House World Organisation overseeing their suite of asynchronous teacher development courses and is a consultant to a number of educational organisations to assist them in their synchronous and asynchronous course provision.

His current area of interest and research is learner expectations in peer-to-peer social presence within asynchronous courses.


Please use the 'Book' button on this page. Alternatively, please contact us to obtain an application form.

IT requirements

The University of Oxford uses Microsoft Teams for our learning environment, where students and tutors will discuss and interact in real time. Joining instructions will be sent out prior to the start date. We recommend that you join the session at least 10-15 minutes prior to the start time – just as you might arrive a bit early at our lecture theatre for an in-person event.

If you have not used the Microsoft Teams app before, once you click the joining link you will be invited to download it (this is free). Once you have downloaded the app, please test before the start of your course. If you are using a laptop or desktop computer, you will also be offered the option of connecting using a web browser. If you connect via a web browser, Chrome is recommended.

Please note that this course will not be recorded.