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What about creating outlines for TED talks for easy reference?

I think it would be very helpful if we shared our outlines of our favorite talks so people can easily capture the main points of talks and recall key points.

An outline would be helpful for a number of reasons:
- Distilling key points - After watching a talk or reading the transcript, an outline would be helpful to have "notes" of the talk to refresh one's memory, recall a key point or remember a particularly poignant phrase
- Comparing talks - Outlines would allow students/viewers to compare and contrast the views of one speaker to another in a point, counterpoint fashion.
- Research - students/viewers researching talks would be able to quickly determine if this is the right talk they remembered, or be able to quickly answer questions like
What was the 3rd point the speaker made?
What was the example for that particular concept?
Was it this speaker who mentioned ______ or another?

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    Mar 9 2014: Great idea! Perhaps TED Talks should have a Cliffs Notes version for all their talks as well. But yes, this should be in addition to the video, transcript, podcast, et al. It's simply an additional resource as part of the talk description, with it's own set of search / key words (similar to the main talk) so that these outlines are just as easy to find when searching through any search tool online.
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    Feb 22 2014: Have you noticed that for any talk you can read the transcript? The talks are eighteen minutes or less, but if you are in a hurry, most people can read the transcript in much less time. What you lose in that approach is reference in the moment to the visuals the speaker is presenting.
  • Feb 24 2014: Fritzie, Thank you for your comment. Yes, I noticed the transcripts, which are very helpful. I agree that anything written would lose the visual aspects of the speaker. The same is for listening to a talk (i.e. podcast).

    Advantages I see of an outline versus a transcript:
    - more quickly get the gist of the talk
    - highlight key points for easy reference/recall
    - easier to read/distill info

    - Possibly missing key examples/points/context, whereas transcript would retain all of the words (minus visuals, a disadvantage for both unless screenshots were included)
    - Outlines created after the talk can be opinions of the listener rather than the speaker

    Please see my updated description for more reasons why I think outlines could be helpful.

    It's also important to note that the outline would be in addition to the video, transcript, podcast, comments, etc., and not replace any/all.
  • Feb 24 2014: Greg - I agree the talks are already short. An outline would be helpful however if one was going through many talks or wanting to compare a talk with another talk or point of view. See my expanded discussion post above and in the original idea/question for more reasons why I think outlines would be helpful.
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    Feb 22 2014: maybe, although the talks are already pretty short?