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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

This is a subjective question, but common reasons I have heard (and reasons I would have) include: Fear of students editing records to manipulate what you said Fear of having a mistake you made taken ...
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Is it advisable to use Wikipedia for note-making?

No, this is not a good idea. Wikipedia articles and the kind of notes you'd write while following a lecture are very different types of text. Audience: A Wikipedia article should be written for a ...
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Should I use the university or personal account for note-taking?

The privacy concerns are not to be dismissed, but my first worry would be retaining access to the notes in the future. A few years from now you will no longer be affiliated with the university, and ...
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Do you keep your study notes publicly available?

Is this a good idea? How do professionals in academia and PhD students organise their notes? Personally, I think this is a great idea. More routes for the sharing of knowledge do good for society as ...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

One more to NMJD's list: privacy of other students. Enrollment and participation in a class is FERPA-protected in the United States. Students may share comments or information that they do not want ...
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Is it advisable to use Wikipedia for note-making?

This is not what Wikipedia is for but you can use a personal Wiki. There are several ways to do this. You can actually run a personal webserver on your own machine and access it like any Wiki. There ...
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Does a lecturer have the right to prevent students from making their notes public?

You don't say where in the world all this is taking place. As usual, both the country and (in some cases) the specific university matter, as the laws vary and (probably more significantly) the ...
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How to politely refuse note sharing

I think Mack put you in a very difficult situation. You should not have agreed to his terms, and should ask to change them now. There is no problem sharing your notes with Mack, though he should ...
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How to take notes during lecture properly?

I answered a similar question at CSEducators a few years ago. I agree that taking notes with pencil/pen and paper is superior to doing it by typing into a laptop (see the reference). But to be truly ...
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Do you keep your study notes publicly available?

A note of caution: There may be intellectual-property issues regarding whether you have the rights to publish your notes based on the lectures, notes, or presentations of the professor. See for ...
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Should I use the university or personal account for note-taking?

Assume that the university, as well as Microsoft, has access to anything you write on "their" systems. How they use it is up to them. The same is true for other providers as well unless you ...
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How to effectively take notes when the professor reads off their lecture notes or presents slides?

I would ask the professor to make their slides available the day before the lecture. If they agree then download them as necessary and print them out. If they permit it, you can also record the ...
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Does a lecturer have the right to prevent students from making their notes public?

Not really. Unless you have each student sign a non-disclosure then there is nothing that you can do. To further this if you are in the US the non-disclosure laws are pretty loose. Meaning even if ...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

I understand that you want us to play devil's advocate to help you think ahead and prepare for the conversation. Good thinking -- it's good to do your research ahead of time. I would like to play ...
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Do you keep your study notes publicly available?

There are a couple drawbacks worth highlighting. I should preface by saying that in many situations I am against taking the kinds of notes you refer to in the first place, for reasons that will be ...
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Is it advisable to use Wikipedia for note-making?

Other have already pointed out many valid reasons why to not abuse Wikipedia for personal note making. However, one more reason comes to mind: You have no guarantee that someday somebody will alter ...
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How to take notes during lecture properly?

Here are a few practical suggestions from a former student who also only took notes with pen and paper. You can't write everything down from a lecture, to attempt to do so is counterproductive. ...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

About a year and a half ago, I was in a class where the professor is generally amenable to recording, but during which he asked us to not record a specific class. The reason behind this was that this ...
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Any tips for preventing perfectionism when it comes to notetaking?

This question, combined with your previous one, makes me think that you are confusing two issues: transcribing information and understanding information. These are not the same thing. In fact, if you ...
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Should I use the university or personal account for note-taking?

Personally, I think you are framing this problem totally backwards. You need to be worried more about Microsoft selling your personal account data to a data broker. As Buffy notes, you are the product,...
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Is there evidence that suggests students should take notes?

You said you're not looking for research on note-taking, so consider this a freebie. That said, I'm not entirely sure what you are looking for here. There's a preponderance of research showing that (...
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How should PhD Students/Researchers take notes?

In this article, "The Pen is Mightier than the Keyboard," the researchers tested this very issue. They found that taking notes with pen and paper is more effective... but, that was because students ...
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Why wouldn't a professor allow a student to record audio of his lecture?

Other answers bring up various practical concerns that may lead a professor to refuse to allow their lectures to be recorded, but one purely psychological reason why they might refuse is that they may ...
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How to take notes during lecture properly?

I'm going to give you a very tactical recommendation. This is hard to keep up with, but is the premier way to engage with material in lectures is to PRE-WORK the content. For math/science/applied: ...
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Do I have to cite the source of my notes based off of a deceased professor's notes,

Citing notes is unusual. Assuming the theorems were original work by the professor┬╣, I would either: Cite it as (P. Rofessor, personal communication), or add a note to the acknowledgements ...
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Do I have to cite the source of my notes based off of a deceased professor's notes,

Ideally,you should track down the original sources for the theorems. However, I realise that might not be practically feasible due to eg time constraints, so providing your own disclaimer and citing ...
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Does a lecturer have the right to prevent students from making their notes public?

I don't know what country you're in, or what pedagogical approach is used at your institution. When I look at your question in the context of the general university culture in the U.S., it's rather ...
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Does a lecturer have the right to prevent students from making their notes public?

As a former student let me assure you that there is no way a lecturer can actually stop people from sharing notes. A lecturer can pretend they have that ability or ask nicely, but that's about it.
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Is there evidence that suggests students should take notes?

Anecdotally, not taking notes worked well for me in CS, but the optimal strategy depends on the particular style of instructor delivery. If tests covers content directly from the texts, it's often ...
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Should I share my extensive notes summarizing literature in my field?

Pros: Contributing to an open and collaborative scientific process If you've put a lot of work into something, it is great if that work can benefit others as well. If you can save another researcher ...
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