This is a presentation and conversation with Professor Wess Daniels and a group of professors, college staff, and undergraduate students from the 6 classes that have learned Progressive Summarization at Guilford College in North Carolina.
It includes a slide presentation with key themes and learnings from their experience, a live demonstration of performing progressive summarization collaboratively in real time, and at the end a discussion of how and why digital note-taking should be taught as an essential skill for students.
The main points include:
- The benefits of adapting Progressive Summarization to the classroom
- Creating a life-long knowledge bank for use far beyond the classroom
- Starting the class by showing students how to take notes, instead of just reviewing the syllabus
- How to organize class notes using Google Docs
- Guidelines for source citations and naming conventions
- Using “12 favorite problems” to guide learning and class discussions
- Designing notes to more deeply interact with the content and enable “glanceability”
- Balancing context and compression in class notes
- A Progressive Summarization checklist for students
- Best practices and recommendations from student’s experiences
- Teacher-student feedback using Google Docs
- Details of Professor Daniels’ experience teaching P.S. to 6 cohorts of undergraduate students
- Live demonstration of real-time collaborative progressive summarization and annotation
Here are some online resources on using Progressive Summarization in the classroom generously provided by Prof. Daniels:
- Webpage summarizing the use of Progressive Summarization at Guilford
- Slides used in the presentation
- Shared Google Doc used in the demo
- Student guide to Creating Reading Notes Using Progressive Summarization
- Progressive Summarization checklist
- Link to Guilford College homepage
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