I just wrote a short article on online reading in History for the Royal Historical Society Newsletter (November 2021). In it, I outline my approach to getting students reading sources online and discuss how the pandemic has encouraged historians to further develop their (already considerable) skills in teaching students to read productively. Here’s the first paragraph:
If we know one thing about studying History at university, it’s that it involves a lot of reading. As teachers, we regularly grapple with the challenge of engaging students with unfamiliar and inaccessible texts. In response we have developed a range of approaches to help them become better readers. The shift of most teaching online during lockdown, alongside the increasing prevalence of digital technologies for reading, has challenged historians to consider how we can help our students to become better readers.