Notetaking assistance is a reasonable accommodation and is as important as extended time on exams.
Notetakers are generally students who volunteer to regularly share copies of their notes.
Students can solicit their own notetakers and may not need your assistance. However, if you receive an email notifying you that a student is requesting assistance in obtaining a notetaker, you may choose to:
- Make an announcement in class. If you choose to make an announcement, please do not identify the student with the accommodation. Information about the individual student should be kept confidential.
- Post an announcement of the Notetaker Request slide on Canvas. The Disability Center can provide you with the slide if needed.
- Ask someone in your class who you feel would provide sufficient and adequate notes if they’d be willing to volunteer. If someone is identified, refer them to the Disability Center for instructions on how to get signed up.
- Provide the student a copy of your slides and/or class notes, if available.
Benefits to Notetakers
Notetaking is a volunteer assignment and is quite easy for students who attend class and take notes regularly. Benefits to the notetaker include:
- The satisfaction of helping another student.
- The experience looks great on a résumé.
- Notetakers report taking better notes and listening more attentively.
- Notetakers who are consistent and timely with note submissions can become eligible to receive a stipend at the end of the semester (up to $100).
Students interested in becoming notetakers can email the accommodations coordinator, who will then instruct them on how the program works and how to get signed up.