If you did not have the chance to read my previous post, I discussed the advantages and disadvantages of laptop and longhand note-taking in classrooms in regards to performance in class.
Longhand note-taking is beneficial in a way that people pay more attention to what they are noting down, but they cannot easily multitask on other assignments given by the instructor during lecture. On the other hand, laptop note-takers can easily multitask on different assignments such as quizzes, slides, but are most likely to associate with verbatim overlap i.e. just noting word to word of the lecturer without any critical thinking.
Consequently, I thought there would be ways we, designers, can improve the note-taking experience for students who prefer longhand and laptop note-taking distinctively. However, when I tried to search on the internet, I couldn’t find laptops and notebooks that can satisfy both needs. Therefore I came up with my own ideas which I believe would increase multitasking for longhand note-takers and decrease verbatim overlap for laptop note-takers.
Kalimba Education Notebook – US Letter by maureenisimbi. (2018). Canva.com.
This notebook provides room for notes during the lecture and students can write the tasks assigned for the future and their due dates, they can note down questions they would like to ask the lecturer at a later time, and also note the highlights of the lecture in case they would like to remind themselves what the lecture was about. It is different from the normal notebooks where students of put everything together which might confuse them and not show the priority activities.
342 magnolia streetpasadena, ca 91105 – Social Media by maureenisimbi. (2018). Canva.com.
Using the above laptop for notetaking would be very effective because a student can turn it into notetaking mode so that other screens are hidden. In addition to that, the notebook of the laptop has the same features as the actual notebook I suggested where the student is able to note down tasks, questions, and highlights during class. Furthermore, since typing is very correlated to verbatim overlap as we saw in the research study that was conducted by Cartsens, Watson & Williams (2015), there is a quiz at the end of the notes asking the laptop notetakers to answer some questions about the notes they took so that they pay attention to what they write.
In conclusion, I believe the note-taking media can significantly affect the performance of students in academic assignments which is why using the above notebook and laptop feature would highly impact the education quality of a student.
342 magnolia streetpasadena, ca 91105 – Social Media by maureenisimbi. (2018). Canva.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018, from https://www.canva.com/design/DAC2ZwfaLJ8/VROHbxVUr6HnsU9Bqxee6w/edit
Carstens, Brittany A., Tiffany L. Watson, and Robert L. Williams. “Unstructured Laptop use in a Highly Structured Entry-Level College Course.” Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Psychology (2015).
Kalimba Education Notebook – US Letter by maureenisimbi. (2018). Canva.com. Retrieved 6 May 2018, from https://www.canva.com/design/DAC2YyqCkMw/g0XuA7s7BCYe4zVXEEFftg/edit