Questions tagged [lecture-notes]

A set of formally and systematically prepared notes on a subject, usually for distribution to others. Do not use this tag for questions on taking notes during a lecture or course (use 'note-taking' instead) or on the Springer "Lecture Notes" journals (use 'journals' instead)

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Note-taking software that is conducive to images?

Due to the lack of graphic tablets like iPad, I write my notes on paper, scan them, and keep them in obsidian. But I've realized that this is not the best way for some reasons: Exporting to PDF is ...
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To provide lecture notes or not?

I teach Intermediate Microeconomics to a large class (150 students) in a University. I use a graphics tablet to write the explanations and project it on the screen. I am mostly open to pausing and ...
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It is rude to offer a teacher the study guide you made for their class?

Is it rude to offer my professor a study guide I made for their class? I throughly enjoyed his class but the class he is teaching is extremely hard being it is a premed requirement. I made a study ...
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Best way to create & update lecture notes

I have a draft that contains 15-16 seminars (=detailed solution of problems + some additional information that was omitted in lectures). Currently I am polishing my draft in order to provide my ...
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Reference "private" lecture notes available for members of a different university

I'm writing my final dissertation and, among all the documentation I have read, I have consulted the private lecture notes of a course on the topic of my dissertation that is taught in another ...
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How to effectively take notes when the professor reads off their lecture notes or presents slides?

I am looking for some advice on how to take notes effectively when the professor reads off their lecture notes or presents slides with marginal explanations. My preferred format is to have textual ...
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Is it legitimate to upload educational youtube video that is based on my professors book?

Lately, I've been thinking that uploading a YouTube video of a proof that was shown in class would help me with understanding it better. Before doing so, I would like to have a better understanding of ...
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Should I let professors know of their potential mistakes?

I sometimes find potential errors in slides/notes that professors provide us as studying material. These are often some distraction or algebraic errors, other times lack of formalism that might ...
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Free and easy-to-use tools/softwares to draw scientific diagrams for physics [closed]

I am typing some physics lecture notes for which I am using TeX. What good options are available to draw freehand diagrams easily and also convert them easily to pdf, png, jpg, etc that I can attach ...
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How to acknowledge lecture notes?

How can a lecture note be acknowledged in another lecture note? In other words, is it sufficient to express appreciation or does it have to be added as a reference?
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Why are online lecture notes usually not accessible to non-students?

When looking for online lecture notes, I notice that most of the time you have to be a student and login in using your institution information to get access. Why would a professor not show the lecture ...
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Would you include in review/forthcoming articles in graduate level course reading?

I'm preparing a graduate level module for the next semester. With a more senior professor I have co-authored a book chapter that covers much of the material we'll be covering in class, so I'd like to ...
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Is buying lecture notes wrong?

I am a second-year undergraduate student and in autumn I'll be starting my third year and after that there is the final fourth. I've come accross someone's lecture notes on eBay. The same uni. It's ...
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How to deal with professors who don't follow the text

I'm a first year math grad student. As an undergrad, all my professors followed the given text book closely, making lecture easy to prepare for and very predictable. As a grad student, my professors ...
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What is the least amount of effort needed to ensure no copyright issue of using online pictures in lecture notes/slides

I have noticed that in many university's course notes/slides, particularly those in the CS department, and in particular those dealing with computer animation/graphics, a large amount of instructors ...
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Is it conventional to point out harmless typos in mathematical derivations in lecture notes?

I am on a physics course. Often I struggle with following mathematical derivations, so I aim to scrutinize them very carefully to make sure I understand them. Sometimes I find mistakes in the lecture ...
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Is it okay to reproduce the work as a teaching assistant?

Next week, I need to give a lecture on a topic (say T). I surveyed over the internet and found excellent video lectures by a professor (Say P). I learned T thoroughly. I can able to answer any ...
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Is it okay to ask a professor from another university for class lecture notes of a course that he offered on that university?

I find two very interesting courses that were offered in the Spring 2019 semester at ETH Zürich. Unfortunately, their class lecture notes are not shared publically. I wonder if it is appropriate to ...
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What's the meaning of "Topics in ... "?

I have seen some courses in the university that start with "Topics in this ... Topics in that ...", I have also seen some books that use that word "Topics in Algebraic Graph Theory"...
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Any way to create dynamic pdf from ppt presentation? I would like to upload a pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation lectures [closed]

What software can I use to create pdf version of my PowerPoint presentation slides? My PowerPoint slides have animations, where multiple pictures are shown on one slide. When I use export pdf from the ...
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Absent a formal policy, is it rude to use a mobile phone to take notes in lectures and seminars?

I like to use my iPhone to take notes in lectures and seminars. I prefer it to using paper (easy to lose, hard to search, bad for the environment) or a laptop (cumbersome to carry and loud to type ...
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Is it common to ask professors for an editable copy of their lecture notes (so I can improve them)?

I'm a grad student in Italy, for context. My professor wrote some lecture notes about a course I just finished. They are not well written, not because the professor isn't good but because he wrote ...
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Lecture Notes and Textbooks [duplicate]

When teaching a course based a text book, is using the proofs of theorems and examples from a text book considered reproducing the material from the textbook, while providing the study lecture notes?
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Can I teach the same course I developed at one university at another university as well?

University A hired me to teach a course. It paid the costs of preparation (3 months) and financed tranining sessions to enhance my instructing abilities. University B now asked me to offer the same ...
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How to write good and effective lecture notes? [closed]

I am an undergraduate student. During the lectures the professors simply keep talking and at times write some stuff on the board. I am not sure when and what to write in my book. I am asking because I ...
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LNAI conference accepting papers as accompanying proceedings [closed]

I have submitted an article in a conference which publishes its proceedings in LNAI/LNCS series. However, in the conference website we can see the following text : Proceedings with accepted papers ...
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Are nonfiction writers, that avoid the use of footnotes/endnotes, respected by the academic community? [closed]

I've seen books of Jared Diamond (biogeographer) and other fine nonfiction writers, that don't use any references or footnotes/endnotes - not even bibliography. Instead, they put a "for further ...
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What is the proper method to give credits in lecture material

To prepare the lecture material. I use the book, my own slides, but I also take a few slides from MIT or other top universities open courses. What is the best way to give credit? I must provide ...
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How to handle a lecture course remotely? [closed]

I tried to contact my classmates to ask for their notes, I email 5 of them and none of them have replied back. I have a high GPA and this course is my last course at the university, I really want to ...
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Citation in lecture notes? [duplicate]

We do citations when we refer to someone else’s papers but what about lecture notes? If I come across someone’s lecture notes which has a different way of presentation of a theorem or some problem and ...
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How can I encourage good note-taking?

Often, college students do not always know what kinds of notes they should be taking. How can I encourage students to take notes more efficiently and more effectively? In one of my lecture-style ...
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Should I copyright my notes?

I generate detailed notes throughout the school year to help out the students. Most of these notes are in the range of 30 - 50 pages. I wonder if I should attempt to copyright my notes to ensure ...
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Software that skips pauses in lecture recordings [closed]

I enjoy listening to lectures at 1.5x speed because I retain the same amount of information while saving time. I find that 2x speed is usually too fast except when the speaker pauses. I'm curious if ...
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Including cartoons in lecture notes?

I would like to include some cartoons in my lecture notes, just to spice up things a bit and relax the atmosphere before moving to serious stuff. However, I am not sure if there is any issue with ...
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Preparing lecture notes and references?

I am a new teacher/lecturer in science, and I am preparing lecture notes for my module. I am putting together a lot of material coming from textbooks as well as borrowing material from other lecture ...
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Teaching using bad material

This semester, due to an increase of students enrolled, I was assigned to teach an introductory course. The course had been previously taught by two lecturers, who taught a different half of the ...
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Where can an academic put their lecture slides for posterity? [closed]

I was recently asked this question by an academic colleague and realised I didn't know the answer. Academic X is about to retire from a computer science department and has a set of undergraduate ...
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Should Ph.D. Math students take notes? [closed]

I am a Maths Ph.D. student. When I read any result like theorem or the concept used in it, in any math textbook or article, I understand it at that time, but as the days pass, I start forgetting them ...
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Ethics of making students purchase lecture notes

I have a professor who has published his lecture notes in the form of a book. The only way to get access to his lecture notes is to purchase them from an off-campus bookstore. To me, this seems like a ...
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Do I need to include citations when writing my own lecture notes, if I make them public?

I am a graduate student in mathematics, writing my own notes in my spare time on a topic I'm interested in. I find it helps me understand things if I write things out in the style of lecture notes (...
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Lecture material of another professor

Is it ethical if I use lecture slides of another professor and modify only 15-20% for my lecture and provide an acknowledgment at the end of lecture slides that lecture material was taken from Prof. ...
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Legality and feasibility of digitizing old text books and course notes for private use [duplicate]

I have finished university already some years ago, and am now working in the field of my previous studies. I was always very careful, diligent and organized when it came to collecting and archiving my ...
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Do online students deserve video content?

I teach different courses online and in person and expect all my students to read textbooks and web pages. The online students get an extra explanatory text every week that is meant to replace the ...
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A research paper as lecture note

I teach a course in Computer Science in which research is evolving so rapidly. This is an undergrad course. It is difficult to have a comprehensive set of lecture notes prepared every time during the ...
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Lecture slides before or after?

I am trying to work out if I should release slides for my lectures before or after the actual lectures. I don't think the projectors for the lectures are very good, and I think it would also be nice ...
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Non-English content in English paper

I want to include an image in my lecture-note paper written in English. The image elements are fully made with non-English language. Below I show a part of the image: . I use this image because a ...
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Is not providing lecture notes to math students really beneficial to them?

I have attended several lectures in analysis, linear algebra and "higher mathematics for computer science students" in two universities in Germany. None of the professors giving these lectures ...
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How to write horizontally across the blackboard while keeping handwriting as horizontal as possible?

Does anyone have tips on good ways of writing horizontally across the blackboard? I notice whenever I write across the blackboard, the line will have a slightly downward slope of 15 degrees and it is ...
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What can I do about a lecturer who isn't clear enough to understand?

I'm a Maths university student and I just can't seem to learn anything from one of my lecturers. I understand we, as students, should do personal research on our subject. But he just doesn't make any ...
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Should I share my course notes with my co-students?

After leaving school I set myself the goal of completely digitalizing my note-system. Because of this I now scan all hand-written notes and make digital notes while in lectures and keep them nicely ...
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