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If you want to learn, take notes

Posted to Gurteen Knowledge-Log by David Gurteen on 29 September 2008



If you want to learn, take notes
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Posted DateMonday 29 September 2008 21:49 GDT
Posted ByDavid Gurteen
Linkshttp://educononline.com/2008/09/23/note-taking-a-fundamental ... 
http://www.downes.ca/cgi-bin/page.cgi?post=46478 ... 

Note-Taking: A Fundamental Skill of the Independent Learner via Stephen Downes.

Some time back I wrote about the importance of note taking - Simplest KM Tool - in a Gurteen Perspective article for Inside Knowledge magazine. So I am delighted to see that others recognize the importance also.

I find it odd that so few people take notes. At an academic KM conference recently, I looked around the room of maybe 120 people during the opening key note talk - I noticed only one lap top open and just a hand full of people taking notes - most just sat and listened and the audience was mainly students and academics. I was also the only one taking photos and video. It was the same throughout the conference.
I don't care how you take notes. Use the computer, like I did today. Use paper and ink, like I did at the collaboration workshop last week. Take photographs, as I do when I travel. The main thing is, if you want to learn, take notes. Learning is not a passive act; it is an act of engagement, where you involve yourself physically and mentally, where you struggle to understand and integrate the material. Note-taking is your contribution to what is a two-way communication with the source of the learning. Maybe you'll review them again, maybe not. Keep your notes in good order, just in case. But the main this is, that you take them.

Credit: Amran Noordin

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