Category Archives: Note taking strategy

Taking Notes: Is The Pen Still Mightier Than the Keyboard?

This article on KQED discusses the problems with using laptops as a way for students to take notes. The main takeaway for me is that “If you processed [the information] as it was coming in, then there’s more in your brain … Continue reading

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Lecture Notetaking for Recorded Lectures

There are quite a few resources on the web explaining how to take good lecture notes (I have even written a few myself  e.g.  Note Taking Strategies for College). The tips are valuable, especially since good notes are practically a … Continue reading

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Good Enough Lecture Capture

I like to use the term “good enough” to mean that a certain technology is good enough to solve the problem that it was designed for – I guess in many ways it is a synonym to the term “minimum … Continue reading

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Lectures over the Transom

One metaphor we used to use at IBM research was technology “over the transom”. “Over the transom” is an idiom for work submitted for publication without being solicited. The idea was that in many cases Research would come up with … Continue reading

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5 Things Students and Teachers Get Wrong about Note Taking

1. Good notes are not just useful, but are crucial for academic success – students that just listen comprehend 50% or less of a lecture and forget 80% after 2 weeks (unless they have notes to review). 2. Student notes … Continue reading

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Transcription on a Laptop is NOT Note Taking (and is detrimental to your grades)

There is an interesting article on the association of psychological science (aps) website on the lack of value of value in trying to transcribe a lecture. The articles cites a study showing that laptops as a means of note taking … Continue reading

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3 Simple Rules for Using Recorded Lectures as Notes

In most of the debates I see around new models for higher education, the main focus is on how to change (improve?) the way lessons are taught. I am not convinced that is the right focus – or what will … Continue reading

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