It’s important to my class that students all have the same copy of something so that we can reference the page numbers. Is it still OK to assign paper textbooks, or do my materials need to be digital?
You can certainly teach with the same paper copies that you used in the face-to-face class, yes. But there are also exciting digital possibilities that you might want to consider as well—maybe for a future semester, or for the fall, once you’re feeling a little more comfortable.
One really cool tool is called hypothes.is. It allows students to annotate a text online together and to see and respond to each other’s annotations. Here’s an example of a novel that students at Hunter College read and annotated together. If you click on the yellow highlights, you can read the annotations that students wrote.