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How can I take notes on videos, discussion forums, or downloads?

Some courses have a feature enabled which allows you to take notes throughout the course and store them right in edX.  Read the edX documentation on taking notes in coursesUnfortunately, this feature only works on "true" text content, and does not work on text transcripts of videos, on discussion forum text, downloadable documents, or question and answers of graded activities/surveys/polls.

Since much of the instructional content is within videos, it is helpful to collect notes on this content. To take notes on a video, select some text in the gray "About This Video" section that appears before the video, and leave your notes about the video there.

You may also find value in taking notes about key themes you read in a discussion forum. To take notes on a discussion forum, select some text in the blue "Discussion Topic" section that appears before the discussion forum, and leave your notes about the discussion forum there.

If you want to take notes about something you downloaded from the course, select some text in the text surrounding the download link or the download link itself, and leave your notes about the document there.