Ullysses III, a note-taking app, stores its ‘sheets’ in hierarchical folders. It is therefore a great tool for keeping project notes, which similarly to project files are best organized in folders. I have previously described using Ullysses for responding to reviewer’s comments on a manuscript. This entry is on using Ulysses for other typical academic projects: teaching courses. Here is an example of recording notes on students’ in-class presentations.
It has always been hard for me to both concentrate on a student’s talk and take accurate notes for feedback and assessment. I used to get distracted by the discussion and as a result loose notes or miss writing down critical information. This year, a combination of TextExpander and Ulysses III has made the task much easier by automating some of the elements.
I create an Ullysses’ folder corresponding to the course and the following TextExpander snippet:
##%filltext:name=Name% %y%m%d %H:%M ##%filltext:name=Title% finish: **** ##Notes ##Questions
At the start of each student’s presentation I am creating a new Ulysses sheet ( ⌘N) in the course folder and fire the TextExpander snippet which generates the following window:
The snippet uses fill-in fields (insert them in TextExpander by using a button on the left-bottom corner) so that I can type in the name of the student and the title of the presentation before pressing ↩. The start date and time of the presentation is inserted automatically. I can then type the notes, questions and the finish time. The resulting Ulysses sheet looks like this: