Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments

The Faculty LIS Advisory Committee (FLAC) is sponsoring a workshop for faculty on taking notes and grading digital documents.  This workshop will be taught by Jason Mittell (Film & Media Culture), James Morrison (Political Science) and myself and will present some common tools and practices for inserting comments and notes into Word and PDF documents as well as Google Docs.  Here are details:

Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments
4:30 – 5:30 pm, Feb 22nd
Axinn 219

This workshop coincides with the introduction of printing quotas (see: Notice to students about new printing system) and has the objective of outlining the benefits and limitations of a completely digital workflow as well as getting a sense of what kinds of tools faculty need to provide feedback and evaluate student assignments.

An email announcement about the workshop has been sent out to all faculty.  Faculty interested in participating in this workshop are encouraged to fill out a workshop form that will help us gauge interest and provide the opportunity to request specific topics.

5 thoughts on “Moving Away from Paper: Useful Practices for Electronic Note-taking and Grading Assignments

  1. Ian McBride

    For a Geography course I took in 2008, I found it helpful to use the library printers as a scanner. They can scan pages from a book, turn it into a PDF, and email the PDF right to you, which you can then markup using Acrobat’s highlighting tools and email it out to other students working on a group project. Not sure if you were planning to cover this feature of the printers in this workshop, but its an easy way to use them without impacting your print quota.

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  2. Alex Chapin Post author

    Didn’t know that library printers/scanners could convert scans into PDF files and email these to you. How does the printer/scanner know you email address? From your access code? Would you (or anyone else) know if this is documented somewhere?

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  3. Ian McBride

    IIRC, you key in the email address you want to use. Either that or by your access code. I figured it out by reading the printer manual that we had for the one in Voter. I’m sure there’s a copy of the manual floating around somewhere. It took a bit of trial-and-error to get it right, but probably still took me less time than printing four copies of the 150 pages I needed for my teammates.

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