Note-taking and handouts in the digital age

Elizabeth Moore Stacy, Jeff Cain

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Most educators consider note-taking a critical component of formal classroom learning. Advancements in technology such as tablet computers, mobile applications, and recorded lectures are altering classroom dynamics and affecting the way students compose and review class notes. These tools may improve a student’s ability to take notes, but they also may hinder learning. In an era of dynamic technology developments, it is important for educators to routinely examine and evaluate influences on formal and informal learning environments. This paper discusses key background literature on student note-taking, identifies recent trends and potential implications of mobile technologies on classroom note-taking and student learning, and discusses future directions for note-taking in the context of digitally enabled lifelong learning.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107
JournalAmerican Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Issue number7
StatePublished - 2015

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© 2015, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy. All rights reserved.


  • Education
  • Handouts
  • Mobile-computing
  • Note-taking

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • General Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics
  • Pharmacy


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