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Active Course Notes within a Group Learning Environment

, University of Toronto, Canada

EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vancouver, Canada ISBN 978-1-880094-62-4 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC


Course notes for a Web Programming course have been developed to support different learning styles through: (1) use of an active-document model, allowing students to interact and experiment with sample code that illustrates course concepts and that can serve as a basis for assignment implementations, (2) support for student annotation of the notes, e.g. for taking notes in class or keeping a record of self-study work, (3) support for student group work based on shared annotated course notes, and (4) use of alternative document views, giving students the option of how they use the notes, whether online or offline. At the end of the course, students take away a comprehensive electronic record of their active learning activities bundled with reference material for the subject matter. Each of the views mentioned above are derived, using simple scripting tools, from a common set of base XHTML and CSS documents, making it practical to ensure that the different views all reflect the same underlying content.


Rosselet, A. (2007). Active Course Notes within a Group Learning Environment. In C. Montgomerie & J. Seale (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2007--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 4360-4368). Vancouver, Canada: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 25, 2019 from .