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Showing posts with label Learning Capture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Learning Capture. Show all posts

5 September 2017

Sorry, what? Improve your listening skills


Lectures can be overwhelming no matter what you're studying. There's so much content! Do you need to write everything down? Romany Manuell, a subject librarian at Monash, offers a few tips to help you with your listening and note-taking skills.




We all wish we had a photographic memory - with an audio component - so we can capture everything our lecturer says... These days, that wish is a reality! Many lecturers at Monash Uni make use of Learning Capture to record lectures, and then make the content available on Moodle through your unit site. But whether you're attending the lecture in person, or reviewing the lecture via Learning Capture, listening just isn't enough. You'll remember much more if you adopt some of these approaches:

1. Prepare to listen with purpose

A good way to prepare for lectures is to try to read relevant readings beforehand and come to the lecture with a series of questions you’d like the answers to. Listen out for the answers, and you’ll be listening with purpose! You don’t actually have to ask the questions out loud, but if they aren’t answered during the lecture, look for opportunities to discuss your questions with your lecturer, tutor or fellow students.

2. Practice your handwriting

Yes, it’s old school, but according to studies such as this one, writing by hand can actually help you remember. Researchers believe there’s something about handwriting that helps you to reframe content in your own words. So leave that laptop at home (it might help you stay off Facebook too… gulp!).

3. Listen out for signalling words

You may find that words such as first, second, also, furthermore, moreover, therefore and finally indicate stages in the lecturer's argument. Listen out for those words in order to grab the main points. There are more useful signalling words and other tips available on Research and Learning Online.

As you can see, listening and note-taking really work hand-in-hand. So if you need to brush up on your note-taking skills, watch the video below:



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6 March 2017

New online lectures for 2017

Not only are lecture recordings easier to access now, the change to Learning Capture means you can do a lot more to participate in discussions, take notes, create your personal study guide and more. It's about your learning, not just the recording.


From 2017, online lectures are available to students through Moodle. Previously, online lectures were available through the Library website.

The new Learning Capture system is a more exciting system as it lets you view a class online while it is being conducted, and allows you to participate, take notes and bookmarks, and contact your lecturer.

By visiting the Learning Capture Getting started site you can find out how to:
  • Use the Dashboard
  • View classroom lectures and answer questions during class
  • Take notes on the material and bookmark locations to return to later
  • Participate in after-class discussions and Question and Answer forums
  • Review your class Study Guide, including your notes and bookmarks.
Lectures may be broadcast live, so that you can view the lecture from elsewhere and participate as if you were in the room. If it is a live broadcast, there will be a green icon.

Later, after a class is over, you can still participate in activities like Question and Answer forums and sharing materials with other students as well as downloading the lecture, notes, and other content, and maintaining your own personal study guide.

On the “all classes” list you will see earlier lectures and materials your instructor has posted for you to read for upcoming classes.

To download a lecture you have missed: 
  • go to your unit page in Moodle
  • click on “Learning Capture” 
  • select 'all classes' for your unit
  • click the class you wish to download
  • click on the video icon and selecting 'download original'. 
Please note, you will not be able to download a lecture if your lecturer has disabled downloads for your unit. If he or she has, the Learning Capture link will be “greyed out”. If this is the case, check with your lecturer whether online lectures will be available in the future.

Please check the Learning Capture help site if you have trouble downloading your lecture or using the features of the new system.



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