HyNote: Integrated Concept Mapping and Notetaking

HyNote: Integrated Concept Mapping and Notetaking


Xiaojun Meng, Shengdong Zhao, Darren Edge




Notes can be taken in a linear or nonlinear way. Previous work suggests that nonlinear note taking is advantageous in terms of sense-making and long-term recall. However, previous studies also reveal that the combination of divided attention and time pressure make realtime notetaking challenge. In this paper, we propose a new hybrid workflow inheriting advantages from both linear and nonlinear note taking approaches. Our resulting HyNote (Hybrid Notetaking) system uses statistical parsing of linear raw notes to facilitate concepts mapping, allowing users to smoothly switch between linear and nonlinear approaches with low effort and time costs. Results from our preliminary study of HyNote show that users can easily map concepts in realtime and achieve superior understanding of lecture contents in a video learning task compared with using the traditional linear Notepad application.


Shen is an HCI professor at the National University of Singapore working on realizing his vision of HeadsUp Computing, a new Interaction paradigm that can transform the way we live and interact with computers. In his free time, Shen loves to read, run, spend time with family and friends, and explore nature.

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