For most students having access to quality notes is an integral part of learning. If writing notes in class is a barrier, a note-taking accommodation may be requested.
Note-taking Designed for All Students:
Design instructional supports for all students which minimizes the need for individual note-taking.
- Posting PowerPoint slides or lecture notes on a course website or D2L.
- Using lecture capture (Panopto) or podcasting your lecture, inclusive of PowerPoint slides.
- Assigning students to teams and rotate responsibility each week for the team to create a complete set of notes.
- Using a workbook to summarize information covered in class and providing classroom time for students to collaborate in completing it.
If a note-taking accommodation is requested:
- The student may make arrangements independently by asking a friend or classmate to share notes
- You, as the instructor, may be asked to assist in finding a note-taker
- You will receive a note-taking announcement to be read at the beginning of two classes
- If a student volunteers, connect the two students by asking them to meet with you after class or sending an email to both students
- If no one volunteers, DRC can provide assistance.
- Volunteer note-takers can receive formal recognition for their work by filling out the Note-taker Registration form.
Additional methods for providing class notes:
- Have the note-taker post notes in a secure D2L discussion forum for all students requesting note-taking.
- If you’d like, you can provide a copy of your complete notes to the student.
- Ask a TA or preceptor to share notes.
- Ask a student directly to share notes with the disabled student rather than reading the class announcement.