In courses that rely primarily on "lecture notes" over a text book, I've primarily seen two different ways to go:
(1) Write slides that intentionally serve as notes (either by adding more detail after the fact or writing the presentation in this way intentionally)
(2) Write a document with a standard "book-like" feel to it that contains the ideas from lecture, generally in a section/paragraph format.
If we assume (unrealistically) that there were infinite time to generate slides, lecture notes, etc, I am wondering what makes one format better over another. Here are some (definitely incomplete) initial ideas:
- Animations and pictures are easier to write for this format
- Slides provide a "pre-chunked" format of the material (in the sense that the student is looking at a small piece at a given time, rather than just reading through pages)
- Students are, generally more familiar with this format
- It can often be more thorough
- The notes are more easily editable if the lecture itself changes due to student questions and interests.
So, finally, the question:
Is there any research backing one of these formats over the other? Or lacking that, has anyone tried both formats and noticed students are more engaged and likely to use one over the other?