Notetaking Assistance


The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) engages in an interactive process with each student and reviews requests for accommodations on an individualized, case-by-case basis. Depending on the nature and functional limitations of a student’s documented disability, he/she may be eligible for notetaking assistance. Notetaking assistance is provided as a necessary academic accommodation, however, is not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation in class. Assistance is determined on a class-by-class basis and is dependent upon the nature of each course and the method of instruction as it relates to the student’s documented disability. Notes and/or recordings provided are for a student’s personal study use only and are not to be shared with other individuals.

Notetaking assistance may include:

  • Receipt of peer notes from a class member;
  • Technology-based assistance – use of a laptop/tablet, notetaking service, Livescribe Smart Pen, etc.;
  • Permission to audio record classes;
  • Receipt of instructor outlines and/or notes.

Learn more about technology based notetaking options here: http://csd.uconn.edu/notetaking/

Any questions regarding this information should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdnotetaking@uconn.edu.

 

  • Meet with their disability service provider at the CSD to discuss the need for notetaking assistance and the appropriate method for each class;
  • Meet with the CSD Tech Team to receive appropriate training if a technology-based option is used;
  • Contact the CSD at (860) 486-2020 or csdnotetaking@uconn.edu as soon as possible if you:
    • Make changes to your class schedule and no longer require assistance for previously requested classes;
    • Have concerns regarding the quality or timeliness of your notes if receiving peer notes;
    • Require additional training or have concerns with any technology.
  • View and download notes from the CSD Notetaking website on a regular basis if receiving peer notes;
  • Contact the CSD if you wish to communicate directly with your peer notetaker to provide feedback and/or ask questions.
  • Return borrowed technology or equipment to the CSD at the end of each semester (please refer to http://csd.uconn.edu/equipment-loan-policy-and-procedure/ for additional information).
  • Meet with students to determine the appropriate notetaking method for each class;
  • Provide training to students using technology-based assistance;
  • Assure that qualified peer notetakers are hired for students receiving copies of peer notes;
  • Provide peer notetakers with information regarding how to take comprehensive notes;
  • Provide the following payment for peer notetakers:
    • Undergraduate course – notetaker is paid one hour per week at a rate of $15.00 per hour, per course.
    • Graduate course – notetaker is paid one hour per week at a rate of $20.00 per hour, per course.
  • Provide peer notetakers with procedures for uploading notes to the CSD Notetaking website;
  • Provide support and assistance to students and instructors regarding notetaking assistance.
  • Discuss this accommodation with the student and provide support as needed;
  • Notify the CSD if comprehensive notes are available online or are made available to all students in the class;
  • Assist the CSD in identifying qualified peer notetakers;
  • Upon receipt of an accommodation letter from a student which indicates the need to hire a peer notetaker, make an announcement to the class that the CSD is seeking a qualified notetaker. Qualified students can check the CSD website at http://csd.uconn.edu/notetakerswanted/ for a comprehensive list of classes requiring a notetaker along with information about the hiring procedure. In order to assure confidentiality, please do not reveal the student’s name in your announcement.
  • If a peer notetaker is not identified in a timely manner, assist the CSD in identifying other alternatives.
  • Meet the following qualifications: cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduates; 3.0 for graduates; regular class attendance; ability to provide typed, legible and comprehensive notes (for class notes that include diagrams or formulas, notes with legible handwriting may be scanned and uploaded as a PDF document);
  • Complete a notetaker contract and employment verification form;
  • Attend each class; if for any reason you cannot attend a specific class, it is your responsibility to obtain the missed notes and upload them to the CSD Notetaking website within 24 hours;
  • Upload notes to the CSD Notetaking website within 24 hours after each class; If class notes are submitted after the 24-hour period, you may not receive payment.
  • If known, maintain the confidentiality of identity of the student for whom you are taking notes;
  • Notetakers agree not to share notes with anyone other than the student, and are not permitted to publish the notes in any form;
  • All class notes must be typed before they are uploaded to the CSD Notetaking website. For notes that include diagrams, formulas or information that is not conducive to a typed form (e.g., MATH, CHEM), notes with legible handwriting may be scanned and uploaded as a PDF document. Scanners are available at the CSD.
  • Headings – title each file/set of notes using the following format: ANTH 1001.003 (8-29-16).doc (or .docx).
  • Contact the CSD immediately if you are unable to continue as a notetaker so that alternate arrangements can be made.

 

Any questions regarding this information should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty at (860) 486-2020 or csdnotetaking@uconn.edu.

Procedure for Accessing Notes on the CSD Notetaking website:

  1. Visit the CSDNotetaking website through the following link: http://notetaking.csd.uconn.edu/?dir
  2. Select the appropriate class from the list of classes. Save this website address or bookmark this link on your internet browser . You will need to use this link each time you need to access your notes.
  3. Enter your NetID and password.
  4. Download and save your notes to an alternate location (e.g., your computer, external drive, etc.). Once the semester is over, you will no longer have access to these notes.

Notetakers Wanted

The Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) is currently seeking a qualified and reliable notetaker for the courses listed below. Notetaking assistance is provided as an accommodation for students whose documented disabilities interfere with their abilities to take notes. Notes provided are for a student’s personal study use only and are not to be shared with other individuals. This service is provided as a necessary academic accommodation and is not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation in each class.

Notetaker Qualifications:
  • Good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher for undergraduates; 3.0 or higher for graduates.
  • Regular class attendance.
  • Ability to provide typed and comprehensive notes (for class notes that include diagrams or formulas, notes with legible handwriting may be scanned at the CSD and uploaded as a PDF document).
  • Notes must be uploaded to the CSD Notetaking website within 24 hours after each class (during intersession and summer courses, notes must be uploaded within 5 hours after each class when feasible).

If you are currently enrolled in one or more classes with the same course and section number that are listed below, and you meet all of the required qualifications above, please come to the Center for Students with Disabilities (CSD) located in the Wilbur Cross Building, Room 204, as soon as possible to complete the necessary paperwork. You will also receive information regarding requirements and guidelines for taking good notes, uploading notes to the CSD Notetaking website, and payment for this service. The hiring process for this position is based on a first come, first-served basis, availability of open positions, and satisfying the job qualifications listed above .

Classes Still Requiring a Notetaker

Be sure to check the section number!

Don’t see a class you are currently taking? The list will be updated daily, so check back often for new availability.

Any questions regarding this information should be directed to Jaclyn Moriarty at (860) 486-2020 or csdnotetaking@uconn.edu.

Guidelines for Taking Effective Notes

Note-taking Phases

Before Class

  • Attend each class; if for any reason you cannot attend a specific class, it is your responsibility to obtain the missed notes.
  • Read assigned material.
  • Review previous notes (if applicable).

During Class

  • Sit near the front of the class in the center of the room in order to concentrate on the instructor and limit other distractions.
  • Begin notes for each lecture on a new page.
  • Include dates and numbers on each page.
  • Identify the chapter being covered by the lecture/discussion at the top of the page (if applicable).
  • Try to grasp an overview of the main topics of the lecture at the beginning.
  • Don’t try to write every word of the lecture in your notes.
  • Capture supporting information such as key points, background information, dates, key terms, definitions, examples, formulas.
  • Get a summary of the main points at the end of the lecture.

After Class

  • Do not rely on PowerPoint slides alone: add notes from class discussion/lecture.
  • Notes should include all learning points as well as other important information such as major topics or themes, assignments, class announcements and test/quiz/project due dates.
  • Skip lines between ideas – do not crowd a lot on one page.
  • Mark important information – use boxes, stars, underlining, bolding, etc. to distinguish important information.
  • References – if the instructor refers to a textbook, video or other source, make it clear (e.g., instructor referred to page 125 in textbook for additional info).
  • Charts, diagrams and drawings – make sure you label diagrams correctly.
  • Indicate speakers – note if a comment in the notes came from someone else besides the instructor.
  • Abbreviations – if you use abbreviations, be sure to indicate what they stand for (e.g., gov’t = government).
  • Make the notes as quickly as possible after class while the ideas are still fresh in your mind.

 

Here are two suggestions for note-taking methods:
  • Cornell Note-taking – This method separate the notes into a cue and notes column to quickly get main ideas
  • Mind Mapping – a summative skill thought to be useful in retention of information.

 

Web References and Resources

Procedure for Uploading Notes to the CSD Notetaking Website

  • Open up Google Chrome, Safari, Internet Explorer or Firefox.
  • Type in the address bar:
    Example: https://web9.uits.uconn.edu/notetaking/CLASS####.##STORRS/
    We recommend that you bookmark your individualized link(s) on your internet browser. You will need to access these every time you upload notes to the CSD Notetaking website.
  • Enter your NetID and Password.
  • Once you are logged in, click Choose file.Step 4: Once you are logged in, click Choose file
  • Browse for your class notes file on your computer and click Open to continue.
    Step 5: Browse for your class notes file on your computer and click Open to continue.
  • Click the Upload File button.Step 6: Click the Upload File button.
  • If your file appears on the list at the bottom of the page, your upload was successful.
  • Repeat steps 1-7 each time you need to upload notes for your class.

 

***If you experience any difficulties, please contact the CSD Notetaking Team at csdnotetaking@uconn.edu.

Notetaking Payment Information

  • In order to receive payment for providing notes, notetakers must first complete employment paperwork at the Center for Students with Disabilities, located on the second floor of the Wilbur Cross Building. Requirements include:
    • CT and Federal W4 Forms (income tax forms) – provided to you by the CSD
    • I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form – to be completed at Student Employment

 

  • ***Payment*** – Note takers will be paid as follows:
    • Undergraduate Course – during the Fall and Spring semesters, notetakers will be paid $15.00 per week per class. Pay periods are in increments of two weeks – see below for dates).
    • Graduate Course – during the Fall and Spring semesters, notetakers will be paid $20.00 per week per class. Pay periods are in increments of two weeks – see below for dates).

     

  • The CSD will enter the appropriate hours per pay period (per course) directly into the payroll system as follows:
    Dates Notes
    Pay Period 8/28/17-8/31/17 First week of classes
    Pay Period 9/1/17-9/14/17 Labor Day 9/4/17
    Pay Period 9/15/17-9/28/17
    Pay Period 9/29/17-10/12/17
    Pay Period 10/13/17-10/26/17
    Pay Period 10/27/17-11/9/17
    Pay Period 11/10/17-11/23/17 Thanksgiving Recess 11/19-11/25
    Pay Period 11/24/17-12/7/17 Last week of classes

 

  • Once notetakers are approved to work by Student Employment, they will receive payment on a bi-weekly basis two weeks after the end of the payroll period in which the notetaker worked. New student notetakers may wait up to 6 weeks to receive the first check due to processing requirements.

 

  • Checks will be available for pick up at the CSD on Thursdays after 2:00 p.m. on the pay period end date (please see above for pay period end dates). Notetakers are encouraged to use direct deposit to receive payment. A direct deposit form is included in this packet or available on the University’s Payroll website at: http://www.payroll.uconn.edu/PY/forms/Direct_Deposit_Authorization_Agreement.pdf.
    • If you currently use direct deposit, please note you will no longer receive a paper copy of your check stub. Paycheck information is now accessible online through the State of Connecticut Core-CT Portal. Information regarding this system is available on the University’s Payroll website at: http://payroll.uconn.edu/PY/ePay/ePay.html.

     

  • If you are currently employed in another department on campus, payment for notetaking assistance will be combined with the check you already receive from your first employer.