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Note-Taking: Paper Versus Computer PROCEEDINGS

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E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Kona, Hawaii, United States Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA


There is significant research on note-taking; however, there is little research comparing pen and paper note-taking to computer note-taking. Specifically, this project explored how taking notes on a computer influences learning. This project did not evaluate how to take notes or the usefulness of note-taking, but rather compared the effects of two different mediums on learning. Two reasons why low performance might be associated with computer use in class includes multitasking and taking verbatim notes (i.e., transcription). Therefore, controlling for multitasking, this study examined if and how taking notes on a computer affected student learning compared to pen/paper note-taking. Overall, the data suggest a trend towards increased learning in the pen and paper note-taking group compared to the computer note-taking group.


Devers, C., Hoffman, J., Lee, C., Ragsdale, E. & Devers, E. (2015). Note-Taking: Paper Versus Computer. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 772-776). Kona, Hawaii, United States: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved November 19, 2018 from .

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