While wishfully, I would have loved to make this plugin for Obsidian October, neither my programming skills or availability as a grad student are up to the task of making this happen, so I present it to the community in the hope that it inspires some productive discourse!
The #1 regret I’ve heard from Zettlers across the internet is I wish I started my note-taking journey earlier. I also share this sentiment, having only joined the community after finishing my undergraduate career, where I would have loved to have a better note-taking system. The problem is that systems like collaborative learning, Zettelkastens, knowledge bases, or Wiki building, aren’t integrated into schools and curricula, where most of us build the foundation for our sense-making journeys. I can imagine why: building a curriculum around an intangible (and ostensibly hard-to-grade) resource like a Zettelkasten sounds extremely tricky. However, if we could devise a way to teach around the idea of students building their own second brains, I think the benefits would be invaluable. Not only would students leave with a resource that would grow in value with age, but their mastery of a subject would be founded on interconnected learning, rather than on rote reproduction.
To discretize students’ performance into Courses, each Course would have its own Vault. However, these Vaults will also exist within the student’s Personal Vault which overarches all classes, encourages/allows for connectivity between subjects, and can house academic resources like students’ CV’s, extracurricular experiences, etc.
- What Individual Works are cited the most by their peers? This should be greatly rewarded as work done well enough that others would find it worth including in their own Vaults.
- How often are students citing each other?
- How often are students commenting on one another’s work? (asking v. suggesting?)
- Easy to cite external resources
- Plagiarism checker for Vaults, Textbook, Wikipedia, Internet in general (Turnitin integration?)
- Suggested places to rephrase/write in your own words over citing (discouraging information hoarding, too)