My students are all highly inclined to take notes on their computers. There are some obvious advantages:
- The students absolutely prefer it.
- They can easily search through their notes later.
- Since their computers are out, we can easily do code-alongs or other short coding exercises.
However, I also read that taking notes on a computer leads to poor retention and comprehension. I have been considering banning computerized notes, and requiring either handwritten note taking or telling students to forego notetaking altogether, and simply giving them my powerpoints after the lecture is over.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of such a classroom policy. Which is better?