Access to Lecture Content
Course design, instruction and delivery of course content is changing. Many instructors utilize technology and innovative strategies to encourage learning and engagement in the classroom. Increasingly, instructors provide PowerPoint slides, outlines, notes and other supplemental materials to all students, thus eliminating the need for an individual note-taker as an 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.
In addition to utilizing the resources that the instructor is providing, you should:
- Attend class
- Explore all your online class sites (D2L/course websites) often.
- Use your laptop or tablet to take notes that are meaningful to you.
- Use an audio recording device:
- Livescribe Pen that allows you to record a lecture and sync your own notes to the audio recording.
- Use the built-in voice memo function on your phone.
- Use apps to support you in 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.
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Based on their interactive design, the following courses are typically accessible without the need for individual accommodations for notes or course content, or it is unlikely that notes are an integral component. Meet with an Access Consultant if you have questions.
- Fully online courses
- Science labs
- Second language courses (ASL, SPAN, ITAL, FREN, etc.)
- Introductory English courses