Kevin Lim has published his notes from the Com Theory seminar. I’m really glad he took the initiative to do this, and it kicks off a lot of thoughts on my part:
* Why not put these on a wiki space so others in the class can add their own notes, make comments, etc.? I know that is another big step, but I think it would be a helpful one. You are welcome to use my wiki space (just go here and start a new page). To incentivize this, if most students make some changes to such a page, and it is a relatively complete set of notes, I’ll promise to draw most or all my exam questions from your extant notes. I think that is a pretty good deal.
* I think Kevin is the only one who took his notes directly to laptop while we were meeting (though Alex may have had a laptop up in some meetings, or someone?). I would have loved to have been able to have seen these notes as they were being taken. This would be so invasive that I doubt I would even suggest it, but there might be some middle road (e.g., require students to blog on some aspect of a lecture during or after the presentation). It would just help so much to know approximately what kinds of relationships students were drawing from the discussion, what kinds of things worked well, etc. It’s not quite, but pretty close to the best way of evaluating your teaching in near real-time.