Comparison of note-taking options

Method Best for... Benefits Disadvantages
Note Taking Express (NTE) Online or in-person classes
  • Reliable service that returns notes within 24 hours
  • Notes provided by someone familiar with the subject
  • Can translate into life after college
  • Notes provided by someone who was not present in class
  • Supplemental material must be uploaded to maximize benefit, i.e., class slides or documents
Glean
(formerly Sonocent)
Online or in-person classes; students who prefer to take their own notes
  • Ability to make quick bookmarks and use color-coding while audio is recording
  • Revisiting audio recording to add notes may help with the retention of information
  • Can import slides, images, and PDF documents
  • Can translate into life after college

 

  • No assistance from a note-taker
  • Requires a comfort level with technology
Livescribe Pen Online or in-person classes; students who prefer to take their own notes
  • Simultaneously records audio while student hand-writes notes
  • Students can revisit points in the lecture that corresponds with their notes
  • Allows for different note-taking styles or methods
  • Bookmarking feature
  • Can translate into life after college
  • No assistance from a note-taker
  • Recording capability may be limiting for students with audio processing concerns
  • Requires use of LiveScribe paper
Digital Recorders Online or in-person classes
  • Allows for revisiting of audio to take notes
  • Simple technology
  • No assistance from a note-taker
  • More difficult to revisit specific points in the lecture
Peer Note-takers

In-person classes or online classes with a live or streamed lecture

 

  • Notes from someone who attended the same class and has the correct context for notes
  • Reliant on students who have responsibilities of their own
  • Note-taker may have a different style of note-taking than receiving student
  • Not useful for online classes