Monday, April 30, 2012
GoodReader & Senior Theses
This time of the year I typically carry around a half dozen 50-80 page senior theses that are the basis of "thesis defenses" where students sit down with a group of faculty to orally defend their thesis work. This year, I decided to replace the stacks of papers with electronic versions of the theses using the GoodReader App. Within a few minutes (the introduction to the app is worth reading) I was marking corrections, adding notes, and making comments on the pdf version of the theses. All of these comments were saved on an annotated copy of the thesis and that I used with the iPad during the defenses. In particular, the list feature of the App that showed all of my comments allowed me to quickly recall the questions that I had on the thesis work when sitting in the defense. A bonus is being able to save a digital version of the thesis (with my comments) that I can refer to down the road (and email to students if corrections need to be made). The paper versions of drafts with comments inevitably get recycled and I have encountered a few situations where having the "paper trail" of comments/corrections would have been useful. Based on this positive experience, I plan on giving GoodReader a try when evaluating student manuscripts in my courses this fall.