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Access to Lecture Content

Access to Lecture Content

Course design, instruction and delivery of course content is changing. Many instructors utilize technology and innovative strategies to foster learning and engagement.  Increasingly, instructors provide class notes, outlines and materials to all students, thus eliminating the need for an individual accommodation.

Engaging with class content and activities is crucial to your learning and academic success. Strategies for engagement are unique to each of us, as we all have different learning styles and preferences.  It is important that you explore and find strategies to capture lecture content that support your individual learning style.

  • You should attend class to understand the design of your course and what supplemental materials are provided by your instructor.  
  • Explore all your online class sites (D2L/Blackboard/course websites).
  • Supplemental course materials  may be provided in various formats such as:
  • Word documents
  • PowerPoints slides
  • Outlines
  • Audio/video recordings of class (Panopto)
  • Instructor/TA office hours
  • Supplemental Instruction/Tutoring

Based on their interactive design, the following courses typically provide materials or it is unlikely that notes are an integral component. Meet with an Access Consultant if you have questions.

  • Science labs
  • Second language courses (ASL, SPAN, ITAL, FREN, etc.)
  • Introductory English courses

Independent Strategies to document lecture content:

  • Use your laptop or tablet to take notes that are meaningful to you.
    • As a student, you have free access to the Microsoft Office Suite which includes a note-taking tool called OneNote.
  • Use an audio recording device:
  • Consider the Livescribe Pen that allows you to record a lecture and sync your own notes to the audio recording.
  • You may also use the built-in voice memo function on your phone.
  • Use apps to support you in taking notes independently and developing your note-taking skills. Learn more about note-taking apps and technology
  • Work individually with classmates to make a plan to share and compare class notes. In building relationships with other students in class, you may find that you have additional resources available, such as study partners, when reviewing for exams.
  • Read here for examples of independent note-taking strategies.
  • Meet with an Access Consultant to explore options if technology resources and personal strategies are ineffective.