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Sherman Dorn

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  1. We're playing with that in my college (a large professional college), and I've been thinking about use cases. Below are some of the ones I've seen, thought of, used, etc. The items with asterisks are from my own practices: *Collecting meeting materials -- when an email is sent with materials for a committee meeting, I can either forward that to my Evernote email inbox (the one that comes with your account) or directly create a note when I'm on my PC using Outlook. Then at the meeting, I can open up the documents within Evernote (either on my laptop or tablet). *Creating a procedural checklist for meetings -- very useful if you are chairing a meeting and need to go through a list of things, or where you can use checklists for procedural issues (e.g., predictable votes on agenda items). *Creating an agenda for a discussion class -- If I have a sequence if issues or questions, I can create a checklist and then later review which topics were covered/not covered. *Collecting receipts from trips -- either with a portable scanner such as Doxie or with a scanner when I get back. *Documenting financial transactions more generally--I save the confirmation page of a heck of a lot of transactions on Evernote. If the relevance is transient, then I can delete them every few months. If it's for things like taxes, it's VERY important to scan and collect images of thermal receipts, since they fade quickly. *Storing non-financial passwords--there are a lot of things online that need unique passwords, but where security does not have to be Fort-Knox-like. I have a small notebook filled with those, so I only have to memorize the essential, secure items. *Collecting various wish-lists or review lists--so for example, if I see an announcement of a forthcoming book, or a consumer product that may or may not ever exist in reality, I may save a screenshot and review it later. Research-group notes: this is for in-event processes such as meeting notes or key events rather than papers or literature (for that, I'd recommend Dropbox for sharing files). See above on general meeting uses of Evernote. Teaching students how to use Evernote for collecting materials for papers. Group tasks: if the goal is to collect items (rather than a writing task), Evernote is a good choice. I think institutional offices helping students with disabilities need to evaluate Livescribe for their own population -- in combination with teaching Cornell notes (or another structured notetaking system), it could help a number of students. It is probably a good overview task to explain what Evernote is in contrast with other tools such as Dropbox, Nudgemail, etc. The obvious, most common contrast: Dropbox is for sharing files, Google Docs for collaboration, Evernote for collecting materials individually or as a group.
  2. It would be great to be able to integrate Evernote into the next generation of LMSs and CMSs. So having an LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) for Evernote, so places such as Canvas, Desire2Learn, etc., could grab onto it, would be enormously helpful. As far as I can tell, Evernote does not have an LTI -- or am I mistaken?
  3. You should still winnow, because that forces you to prioritize and listen/read carefully. The reason for not trying to transcribe everything is not because the note is handwritten but because it's wrong for a lecture's ideas to go straight from the speaker to the notes without going through the brain of the student. There are systems out there ("Cornell notes" are pretty popular), but I am not persuaded that a particular system is more important than just taking notes and forcing yourself to summarize, to put things in your own words, to apply concepts to new situations.
  4. As someone who has taught college (either as a TA or faculty member) for a quarter-century (wow, that's scary...), I'd say you should do what removes friction from getting your work done on time. If I were you, I'd probably use Google Docs for completing assignments that students download and then upload back into a Learning Management System (LMS). But let's think about what EN can do for you (and look around this forum and online--there are about 5-7 blog entries about using EN in college): 1) EN is great for collecting. What do you expect to collect, or what COULD you collect if you learned the common keyboard combinations to clip? Your own notes, whether handwritten (and scanned to EN) or typed directly into EN. Screenshots with important information -- this could be screenshots of lectures, of websites that you find useful for classes, of sources you may want to use for assignments.* Ideas for assignments that require collection of information. A portfolio of your course syllabi and your own assignments, either with or without instructor comments. (If you EVER want to transfer credits to another institution, you will often need to provide the original course syllabi and documentation of your own work. EN is likely to be around much longer than any thumb drive or computer you currently have.) Your financial records related to college -- tuition paid, fees, books, etc. Contacts -- faculty, fellow students, important staff you may need to be in contact with. 2) Er... I'm still trying to work out other uses from a faculty perspective. * - A free open-source citation software package is available at Zotero.org. I don't know if it will work well with Chromebooks, but if you don't have a citation management system, you should add all the citation information you need in an EN note when you clip a webpage. (URL's are never enough by themselves.)
  5. Does anyone know how university general counsels are trying to address FERPA requirements in password-protected sharing environments, such as Evernote? On the one hand, EN is password-protected, so material is not public unless the faculty member actively makes it so. On the other, general counsels are notoriously suspicious about services that the university does not directly control, usually requiring loads of singing and dancing before it will bless data heading off-site. I've conducted some searches and found nothing about universities, Evernote, and FERPA, and very little else on similar issues (e.g., Dropbox or cloud-based backup services). Some I have found: University of Delaware University of Pennsylvania Syracuse University (towards the bottom) Any others to mention?
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