Note Taking Program
Here are some of the questions found on the Faculty Survey from Fall 2011 with helpful answers!
Q: Who receives Note Taking Accommodations?
A: Students who are eligible for services through ACCESS by current standards of the ADA (American Disability Act) can receive note taking services.
Q: Can International Students, TRiO, SSS or ESL students receive a note taking accommodation?
A: Yes, but only by written instructor permission. (If you want to do this, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your consent)
Q: When should I expect to receive an accommodation letter stating that an ACCESS students needs accommodations?
A: ACCESS Students are strongly encouraged to meet with their Specialist to get their accommodation letter within the first 2 weeks of the semester. However due to the huge volume of students needing accommodations and students not following these recommedations, you may receive letters any time throughout the semester.
Q: If I have difficulty securing a peer note taker within 2 weeks of the request date, what are the next steps I should take?
A: Visit the "Tips of Securing a Note Taker" page. Make sure you try the methods there first. If you still have no success, email us your class roster and we will help find a volunteer.
Q: Once someone volunteers to be the peer note taker, what should I do?
A: Obtain the volunteers name and netID (i.e. first initial and last name) and enter it into the PEER NOTE TAKER FORM
Q: Once I find a peer note taker and enter their information into the Online Form, do I have to do anything else?
A: As soon as we see that a student is registered, we will contact them and have them start submitting notes. You will receive a confirmation email that you secured a peer note taker. If there are issues, we will contact you. It is good to follow up initially with the peer and the ACCESS student to make sure that notes are being submitted and the accommodation is being met.
Q: Once a peer note taker is found and submits notes, WHO HAS ACCESS to them?
A: The notes are stored on a secure database. Only students who have given you accommodation letters will be able to see the notes. The student requiring the accommodation signs a contact before they receive notes that states that they will not share the notes with anyone.
Q: Can I have access to the notes?
A: Absolutely! Simply email the Note Taking Program with your request and we will send you instructions on how to obtain the notes.
Q: Can the notes provided by the peer note taker be made available to my entire class?
A: Yes! Providing notes to the entire class makes your course universally accessible. Email us with your request and we will make arrangements to provide you with the notes.
Q: Can my TA fill the role of peer note taker?
A: Yes. Register them via the Online Form and we will get in touch with them.
Q: If the lecture needing notes is one I have given for years and is virtually the same as other semesters, can I use archived notes instead of finding a new note taker?
A: Yes. If you believe that the notes are similar enough each semester that past notes will suffice for the current semester, let us know and we will post the archive. The only issue with this is that sometimes students find it hard to match the notes to the current semester because they are not dated properly.
Q: If I have a unique request, an alternative solution to current practices that is not listed, or any other questions, comments, feedback etc, who should I contact?
A: Please email the Note Taking Program and you will receive a prompt response. We are more than happy to collaborate with faculty to make this process as easy and efficient as possible. We realize it is not always easy to secure note takers, but it is a needed service and we are were to help!
Last modified March 07 2012 10:39 AM