Tips for the Study Notes

Where Are the Notes?

In many courses you will see the following icon associated with lessons ...

Notes Icon
These are notes for that lesson that students can use if they wish. In older courses, the button will link to a .doc or pdf file. We are gradually changing over to making our notes in pure HTML5 so that mobile device users will find them friendly to their smaller screen sizes and be in a format all devices can open in a mobile browser. Even students on laptops and desktops will find the responsive design to be useful to resize the browser window to something more compact.

What Do The Notes Contain?

The notes will have the slide images from the lesson along with a transcript of what is said in the recorded or live classroom lesson. Occasionally, the notes will have added resources available in the navigation bar of the notes page. 

How Can I Add My Own Notes?

There are a lot of notes that are already there for you, but adding your own personal notes is something we want to encourage. We have used standard HTML 5 in our newer notes, so it is easy to select all and copy=paste the notes to your favorite notebook tool such as Evernote or OneNote or use any word processing tool such as Word or Open Office. Each slide has a place for your own notes just under the transcript section. 

What Are Some Tips on How to Really Use Notes to Best Advantage?

Something new that has been added recently to the HTML5 standards is structural elements that allows the visually impaired navigate pages more easily. this not only helps people who cannot see well, it helps everyone because now outlining add-ons to browsers can pick up on the tags to give you a fast outline you can use to get to the section you want in the notes. Here is what you will see with the Outline add-on in the Chrome browser ...

Outline Add on
In the Chrome Browser, I have the Outline add-on added to my tool bar. I can click it to make it show the page outline pop open.

You can see the headings of each slide and even see where there are sub-topics. They are clickable and it will take you right to the section in the notes for that topic. This is handy when you are working through the practice quizzes to find needed information fast. Note that this is a very recent change in HTML, so not all of our notes have had the headings adjusted yet for this feature, but it is an active project to get them converted over and all the new courses do already have it. 

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