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Elevating Student Retention: Visual Note-Taking



Clerisy Architect: Kandice Stewart

Length: 60 minutes

Danielson Framework: 1 (Planning & Preparation), 3 (Instruction)

Workshop Description:

According to researchers, the act of doodling helps learners stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information longer. Instead of asking our students NOT to doodle, let’s embrace it.  Learn how to leverage simple drawings, lines, and arrows to increase the effectiveness of your instruction. Join educator Kandice Stewart as she shares how visuals can help build long-term memory and share easy steps to get started implementing visual note-taking in your class today!

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will complete an assessment of their current note-taking instruction.
  • Participants will be able to describe why visual note-taking impacts student retention.
  • Participants will identify the topics and content in their course that best support visual note-taking & cultivate digital resources for implementation.

Publications Highlighted: “Benefits of Notetaking”. Austin Community College,; Gonzalez, Jennifer. “Note-taking: A Research Roundup” CUlt of Pedagogy. September, 9, 2018.; “An Introduction To Visual Note-Taking.” YouTube, YouTube, 9 May 2016, ; Tutt, Paige. “How—and Why—to Introduce Visual Note-Taking to Your Students.” Edutopia, April 9, 2021.; “What is the Visual Note Taking Strategy?” Professional Learning Board.,or%20Concept%20Maps%20as%20representations ; Knezel, Sherrill. “The Power of Visual Notetaking.” Education Week. December 28, 2016 ; Hurd, Jeri. “Visual Notetaking Ideas.”  Pinterest.; Young, Jeffrey, R.. “A Popular Study Found That Taking Notes By Hand Is Better Than By Laptop. But Is It?” EdSurge. April 27, 2021.;“2021: An Imperative to Innovate.” Lean Lab Education. February, 2, 2021. ; Mueller, P. A., & Oppenheimer, D. M. (2014). The pen is mightier than the keyboard: Advantages of longhand over laptop note taking. Psychological Science, 25, 1159–1168. doi:10.1177/0956797614524581; Corrigendum: The Pen Is Mightier Than the Keyboard: Advantages of Longhand Over Laptop Note Taking. Psychological Science. 2018;29(9):1565-1568. doi:10.1177/0956797618781773; Brown, Sunni, director. Doodlers, Unite! TED, 2011,