Faculty Development & Learning Assessment



Utilizing “notetaker” handouts can be effective in large and small classes and is a concept easily adapted to online teaching.

Purpose: a.) present concepts; b.) promote higher-order thinking; c.) assess knowledge & mastery; d.) make information relevant; e.) link content to previous material; f.) engage students in learning content.

Process: A notetaker is a handout given to students before class by which they receive and interact with an organized (but incomplete) body of information intended to promote learning. By deliberately building in learning activities, students engage with the content and become active agents in their own learning. Notetakers emphasize the structure and connections between your content. To use the notetaker as the class progresses, have students work individually or in small groups to complete the activities. Out of class, have students complete the notetaker and bring it to class.

Typical learning tasks that might appear in a notetaker:

Potential Learning Benefits to Student

Potential Teaching-Learning Benefits

Potential Teaching Benefits to Instructor

Adapted from: Millis, Barbara, The Teaching & Learning Center, The University of Texas at San Antonio. Retrieved January 15, 2009, from University of Texas San Antonio Web site: http://www.utsa.edu/tlc

Tip References

Noyd, R. (2005, October). A Simple and Effective Way to Drive Content, Promote Thinking & Assess Mastery. Workshop presented at the University of Nevada, Reno.