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ERIC Number: EJ1145913
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0731-9258
An Exploration of Note-Taking in an Online Calculus Course
van de Sande, Carla; Abramson, Jay; Judson-Garcia, Julia
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, v36 n1 p75-99 Jan 2017
Taking notes is a popular activity for students attending instructional lectures and has been linked to achievement. Research on note-taking has shown that the contents and usefulness of student notes depends on several factors, including the pace of the lecture and the presence of organizational and selection cues. However, this research has focused on note-taking from live lectures, often in a laboratory setting. The study presented here explored note-taking from video lectures by students who were genuinely invested in doing well in an online course. Of particular interest were participation patterns, whether the placement and completeness of content within a video was correlated with its inclusion in student notes, and whether the regularity and quality of note-taking was correlated with exam performance in a problem-solving course. Results showed that student participation was consistent over time, that leading worked examples within a video were salient, but that example completeness was not a factor in inclusion, and that note-taking participation and quality was not positively correlated with exam performance. This observational study sets the stage for future experimental research to adapt what we know about traditional note-taking and its relationship to achievement to online educational environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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