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Stephen Downes

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This short article summarizes a research report by Cornelius and Owen-DeSchryver titled: "Differential effects of full and partial notes on learning outcomes and attendance." The bottom line is that the researchers recommend providing only partial notes to students rather than complete notes. This seems extremely short-sighted to me, and somewhat old-fashioned with regard to what happens in the classroom. It sounds as though the recommendation is based on the idea that professors are going to lecture to the students so don't give them all the notes. It apparently leaves out the possibility of NOT lecturing constantly and replacing that time with active learning opportunities based on the complete notes that students could have. Welcome to 1995. -BD

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