Weinstein Presents on Creative Note Taking at 2019 EAPSU Conference

Posted on 10/31/2019 5:47:18 AM

Daniel Weinstein (English Department) gave a presentation, “Read to Start Your Own Team: Creative Note Taking for Personal and Collaborative Learning,” at the 2019 EAPSU (English Association of Pennsylvania State Universities) Conference at Mansfield University on Oct. 25, 2019.


Our sense that what we study is meaningful, that what we read is valuable, is reinforced and enriched when we embrace the act of note-taking as a leading mode of thinking. Not just written notes, but notes that incorporate visual elements, sounds, even moving images, can promote deeper and richer experiences of reading. But how can one enhance one’s experience of reading by taking rich and powerful notes that help one think, re-think, and think with others while also being fun and compelling to create? In this presentation, Weinstein drew on three sources: the associative note-taking method of sociologist Niklas Luhmann and two books—The Idea Shapers by Brandy Agerbeck and The Doodle Revolution by Sunni Brown—to offer a synthesis of tools and techniques to make rich and immersive note-taking a central, joyful practice for individual and collaborative knowledge work.