Note-taking Habits of Online Students: Value, Quality, and Support

October 01, 2015

Do online students take notes when reading lecture content or watching video lectures? Can they benefit from note-taking supports, such as graphic organizers, to improve their study skills? These are among the questions explored in a pilot study with student participants enrolled in a 100% online graduate program. Students were provided academic content in video or text lecture format, and some students were also provided a graphic organizer on which they could take notes. All participants were then assessed for recall of the content immediately after the lecture. Results suggest online students will use a graphic organizer when provided one, and that self-assessed learning preference might play a role in the use of note-taking as a study strategy. Recommendation for further research based on this pilot study are offered.