Notetaking Assistance

Overview

Notetaking 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. Notetaking assistance is provided as an academic accommodation, however, is not considered a substitute for a student’s full participation in class. 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:

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

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

Considerations

Based on course design and delivery notetaking assistance – a peer notetaker may no longer be an accommodation that is indicated for a course. For those courses in which an instructor is delivering a lecture live and virtually, the University and CSD have several technology-based notetaking options available to students, such as Microsoft One-Note, Glean, Otter-AI and others. Many of these technology-based options have a recording component as a built-in feature.

Faculty should be aware that they will most like be recorded, either through audio only recording or lecture capture options, even when a student is not approved for this accommodation by the CSD.

Lecture capture of live lectures or pre-recording of lectures will benefit all different types of learners in a course. Instructors can upload recordings of their lectures to their secure Kaltura accounts and share the video or audio with their students via HuskyCT. 

Contact the student’s Disability Service Professional (DSP) at the CSD, or Jaclyn Moriarty, Accommodations Coordinator, at (860) 486-2020 or csdnotetaking@uconn.edu with any questions regarding this accommodation.

Students Receiving Notetaking Assistance

Accessing Peer Notes

Procedure for Accessing Notes on MyAccess:

  1. Go to https://myaccess.apps.sa.uconn.edu. You will need to use this link each time you need to access the course notes. It is also available on the CSD website (https://csd.uconn.edu) under MyAccess for Students.
  2. Enter your NetID and password.
  3. Select the Your Peer Notes
  4. Select the appropriate course from the dropdown menu. The notes for your class will load below the menu.
  5. Download and save the course notes to an alternate location (e.g., your computer, external drive, etc.). Notes will be deleted 10 days after the end of the semester/term.  Deleted notes will not be able to be retrieved.
  6. You should review the course notes as soon as they are posted by the notetaker to fill in missing information from your personal notes you took in class.

Student Responsibilities

  • Meet with your disability service professional 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 about 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).

Student Agreement

By accessing your course notes taken by a peer or recording lectures you are agreeing to the following:
  • I understand that notes provided to me by my faculty, a peer, or other means coordinated by the CSD are for my personal study use only.
  • I understand that recordings are for my personal study use only.
  • I understand that I may not share notes and/or recordings with others or profit financially from the content.
  • I understand that information contained in the notes and/or recorded lectures is protected, and may not be published or quoted without the lecturer’s explicit consent and without properly identifying and crediting the lecturer.
  • I understand that at the discretion of the instructor, recording or other technology may be prohibited during portions of classes that involve personal discussion and self-disclosure.
  • I agree to delete recordings at the conclusion of the semester, or in the event, I take an Incomplete in the course, when I finish the course.
  • I will contact my Disability Services Professional (DSP) if there are any issues with my notetaking assistance accommodations as soon as possible.
  • I will notify my DSP if I drop a class and no longer need notetaking assistance for that class.
  • I will notify my DSP if I add a class and need notetaking assistance for another class.
  • I understand that violation of this agreement will subject me to the University’s disciplinary process under the Office of Community Standards and The Student Code.

Notetaking Strategies

Notetaker Information

Responsibilities

  • 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 the 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.

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 email csdnotetaking@uconn.edu as soon as possible to inquire about the position and 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!

To view classes at the regional campuses that still require a notetaker, use the following links:

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.

Effective Notetaking

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.
  • If the course is online, be sure to set up a quiet, distraction reduced space in order to concentrate on video lectures and content.
  • If the course is online, be sure to take clear and comprehensive notes utilizing these notetaking guidelines on live or recorded video lectures and media presented in the course.
  • 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 sources, 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 separates 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

Uploading Notes

Procedure for Uploading Notes to MyAccess

    1. Go to https://notetaker.apps.sa.uconn.edu. We recommend that you save this website address or bookmark this link on your internet browser. You will need to use this link each time you upload notes. It is also available on the CSD website https://csd.uconn.edu - click the MyAccess for Notetakers button at the top of the homepage.
    2. When prompted, log in with your NetID and password.
    3. When the page opens, click on the appropriate class.
    4. To upload your notes click on the Upload Notes
    5. Select Browse and choose your class notes file on your computer, enter the Class date and click Open to continue.
    6. Enter the Class Date and add Comments, if necessary, about your notes.
    7. Click the Upload button to upload your notes file and navigate back to the file list.
    8. Your notes will appear on the list with a new file name, with the original name below it.

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

    Payment Information

    Notetaking Payment Information – Fall 2020
    • In order to receive payment for providing notes, notetakers must first complete and return employment paperwork to the Center for Students with Disabilities. Requirements include: CT W4, Federal W4, I-9 Employment Eligibility Verification Form
    • ***Payment*** - Note takers will be paid as follows:
      • Undergraduate Course – Notetakers will be paid $15.00 per week, per course. (Pay periods are in increments of two weeks - see below for dates).
      • Graduate Course – Notetakers will be paid $20.00 per week, per course. (Pay periods are in increments of two weeks - see below for dates).
      • Please Note – Students can only be hired on Student Labor. Students cannot be hired under Work Study.
    • The CSD will enter the appropriate payment per pay period (per course) directly into the payroll system as follows:

    Dates

    Notes

    Pay Period 8/31-9/10 First week of classes 8/31
    Pay Period 9/11-9/24
    Pay Period 9/25-10/8
    Pay Period 10/9-10/22
    Pay Period 10/23-11/5
    Pay Period 11/6-11/19
    Pay Period 11/20-12/3 One week of pay only-Thanksgiving Recess
    Pay Period Classes end 12/7  
     
    • 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.  Failure to complete all of the employment paperwork in a timely manner will further delay payment.
    • Checks will be mailed to students mailing address indicated on employment forms (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/wp-content/uploads/sites/2008/2018/06/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/.
    • 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.

    Responsibilities

    CSD Responsibilites

    • Engage with faculty and students in the interactive process to identify the nature of the course and the delivery of course content and establish appropriate notetaking assistance accommodations for the course;
    • Meet with students approved for notetaking assistance to determine the appropriate notetaking method for each class;
    • Provide training to students using technology-based notetaking assistance;
    • Provide access to peer notes through MyAccess for students receiving peer notetaking assistance;
    • Hire, train and pay qualified peer notetakers for students receiving copies of peer notes;
    • Provide peer notetakers with procedures for uploading notes to the CSD notetaking website, MyAccess for Notetakers;
    • Provide support and assistance to students and instructors regarding the accommodation of notetaking assistance.

    Faculty Responsibilities

    • Engage with the CSD in the interactive process to identify the nature of the course and the delivery of course content and establish appropriate notetaking assistance accommodations for the course;
    • Discuss this accommodation with the student and provide support as needed;
    • Notify the CSD if comprehensive notes are available online and/or are made available to all students in the class;
    • Assist the CSD in identifying qualified peer notetakers, if CSD cannot recruit and hire a qualified notetaker in a timely manner;
    • If a peer notetaker is not identified in a timely manner, assist the CSD in identifying other alternatives.
    • Please note: Whenever pre-recording a lecture, as a video or audio only, captioning may be required for students with disabilities in the course. Additionally, captioning may be required for live lectures for students with disabilities in the course. Instructors will receive an accommodation letter indicating the need for captioning or captions from the CSD if there are students approved for these accommodations in their course.