Note Taking

Practicing Note Taking with Readings

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Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John and Belinda Bosley

Activity

1. Open the following excerpt and download it as a Word document on your computer.

2. Highlight what you think are key terms/concepts.

3. Once you’ve finished, review a sample of the same excerpt with highlights from another reader.

4. Underneath your own highlighted section, write a response to the following questions:

  • Did you highlight more than the other reader?
  • What are the benefits (and drawbacks) of highlighting more?
  • What are the benefits (and drawbacks) of highlighting less?
  • For your own study purposes, do you think you need to highlight more or less?

5. Share-out: Upload your reflection and your highlighted excerpt as a document or screenshot to the comments thread.

Engaging What You Read

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Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by PG.NETO

Activity

  1. Pick out one of your currently assigned readings.
  2. Perform at least four of the note-taking activities below while/after you read:
  • brief summary
  • key terms/concepts w/definitions and/or descriptions
  • quotes w/discussion
  • questions w/discussion
  • something very new/exciting w/discussion
  • connections to other readings w/discussion
  • connections to examples w/discussion
  • connections to experiences w/discussion
  • connections to course outcomes
  • connections to personal course outcome

3. Share-out: Upload your notes to the comments thread.

Studying What You Hear

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Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Butch Dalisay

Activity

1. Take notes during your next class.

2. Within 48 hours, rewrite your notes by adding at least four different types of engagement listed below:

  • brief summary
  • key terms/concepts w/definitions and/or descriptions
  • quotes w/discussion
  • questions w/discussion
  • something very new/exciting w/discussion
  • connections to other readings w/discussion
  • connections to examples w/discussion
  • connections to experiences w/discussion
  • connections to course outcomes
  • connections to personal course outcomes

3. Share-out: Upload your notes to the comments thread.

Studying What You Read

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Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by John Keogh

Activity

1. As you read for class, think about what has been left out of the reading.

2. Write down what this reading reminds you of (e.g., things you’ve watched/read online, something you saw on TV, something you experienced).

3. Once you finish, find an outside resource (like an article, blog post, or video) to share during the next class discussion, particularly as the class discusses the reading.

4. Share-out: In the comments thread, link to or upload the outside source you find for this activity. In the reply area, discuss how and why it is relevant and what you learned from it.

Connecting to Your Learning

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Creative Commons licensed image posted at Flickr by Fábio Pinheiro

Activity

  1. Take the synthesized notes from Synthesizing Your Learning and do a little additional research on at least three key terms, concepts, and/or theories.
  2. Incorporate what you learned from your research into your notes. Be sure to include citations from where you found more information.
  3. Share-out: Highlight the new material you added, and upload your notes in the comments thread below.