Does technology-aided note taking enhance information retention across disciplines?

Have you noticed that some students struggle with taking quality notes in class? Do you use PowerPoint slides in your courses? Notetaking is a highly complex task that requires the integration of understanding of content, rapid identification of key points, attention, and handwriting or typing. Students who type often take notes verbatim and are challenged with capturing graphics and mathematical formulas. Student who handwrite may not may be to keep pace with the class. Software assisted notetaking may be beneficial to some students to increasing the quality of their notes and help their long-term information retention. This workshop will discuss barriers to quality notetaking and strategies faculty can use to ease the demands of notetaking on their students. The workshop will also introduce a notetaking software that interfaces with PowerPoint slides that some faculty and students on campus have trialed this past academic year. Success and challenges identified through this trial will be shared with the audience. 

At the end of the workshop, attendees will:
-Identify barriers to effective notetaking by students
-Identify strategies that faculty can employ in lectures to support students’ abilities to take quality notes
-Explore Sonocent, a notetaking software trial this academic year

Friday, March 8 at 11:30am to 12:30pm

Gutman Library Instructional Space – East Falls Campus

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Meeting, Presentation, Seminar, Of special interest to, FacStaff, Faculty, Staff, Nexus Learning


Center for Teaching Innovation and Nexus Learning

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