For most of us note making is a traditional method and an essential approach to learning. It helps us retain vital information. It enables us to set the pattern for revising, if of course you can structure you note making orderly and effectively. They can be the basis and in some cases the core of your academic essay.
However in this digital age is it still essential to make notes?
Laptops have been hugely integrated into the classroom. Students use their laptops to make notes and then file them away for when they need them. However can we honestly say our students are only making notes, there are so many distractions for them to be drawn to.
Now of course we have a vast array of mobile devices, capable of not just helping students to make notes but can also be used to record the lecture. Is this an advantage?
We can presume all we like and there are numerous statistics out there to enable us to find out more.
But what do the students say? How do they cope with the choices from the dark side?
Listen to what our students here at London Met have to say…
London Met students talking about note making.
Chris O'Reilly is an Educational Technologist and freelance advisor for online educational learning material and development.