All students have primary responsibility for ensuring that they have classroom notes to remind them of what was covered in class and to support their studying. However, when note-taking is determined to be a reasonable accommodation, students can expect support in accessing a set of complete, usable class notes from DRC and the course instructor.
- If you have designed instructional supports for all students that minimize the need for individual note-taking, you may find that few disabled students request note-taking as an accommodation. These supports might include, posting Power Point slides on a course Website or on D2L (see instructions below) or podcasting your lecture, inclusive of Power Point slides. Other strategies for minimizing the need for note-taking accommodations include:
- Assigning students to teams and rotating responsibility for each team to create a complete set of notes for posting each week.
- Using a workbook to summarize information covered in class and providing classroom time for students to collaborate in completing it.
- If you lecture for a significant portion of class time without providing note-taking support, you can expect that disabled students will request note-taking accommodations. They may make these arrangements independently by asking a friend or classmate to share notes or they may request your assistance. Most students who request note-taking accommodations will also take their own notes and compare the two sets to be sure they’ve got a complete summary of the lecture.
- The student will bring you a letter that describes the note-taking process and will ask you to read the Class Announcement to help in locating a student who would be willing to share notes.
- Please read the class announcement at the start of two consecutive class periods or until a student volunteers. Volunteer note-takers can register with the DRC and receive formal recognition for their work.
- If a student volunteers, connect the two students by asking them to meet with you right after class or by sending the volunteer note-taker’s email address to the disabled student.
- If no student volunteers, please contact the DRC and the student to ask for assistance.
You are not alone in locating a note-taker! DRC can assist, but the University does have an obligation to ensure that notes are available if they have been determined to be a reasonable accommodation for the student. Contact us if you're having difficulty locating a class note-taker.
- There are other ways to support a request for notes. If you’d like, you can provide a copy of your complete notes to the student, ask a TA or preceptor to share notes or ask a student directly to share notes with the disabled student rather than reading the class announcement.
1. Using UAccess (http://uaccess.arizona.edu), log in to your class and click on the DRC logo in the middle, right of the page.
• Through this link, you will have access to a list of the students who have chosen to self-identify as having a disability. You can view Step-by-Step instructions to accessing DRC information through UAccess via the link at the bottom of this page.
2. Log into D2L (http://d2l.arizona.edu)
• Create a group of students in your D2L course using the list provided through UAccess. (View detailed instructions for creating a D2L Group)
Note: if a member of the class will be taking the notes that will be shared with disabled students, you will want to add that student(s) to this group so that he or she can posting notes directly.
To maintain confidentiality for the students who are enrolled in the group, please take Groups off the Navbar. After it is removed, you will still be able to Edit Course and access the Groups Tool. Information on removing a Navbar link is located at http://help.d2l.arizona.edu/instructors/navbar##removing
• Create a discussion forum.
o Under the Restrictions tab, make sure to check the box for “Restrict this forum to the following groups” and add the group that you just created. This will limit this discussion area to only those students enrolled in the specified group.
o Instructions for creating a discussion forum / topic and adding restrictions
o The note-taker(s) will be able to post notes anonymously, if desired, as a discussion topic.