If you qualify for note-taking support, this should be directly stated in your accommodation letter. There are a few different notetaking options that you can choose to use if your professor does not already provide sufficient notetaking assistance. We will review those options here and discuss the procedure for setting them up.
STEP #1 To use any notetaking accommodations, you will first need to give your professors your accommodation letters.
STEP #2 Review the technology options below and decide which type of Notetaking Accommodation you want to use. You can choose from the following types of technology that allow you to create an audio recording of the lecture. With this technology, you will be able to review and enhance your notes.
Description of Notetaking Technology:
OneNote: One Note is a digital notebook that helps you keep all your notes organized and can be used to record audio. This software is available for free to all Villanova students through Office 365. To access OneNote (and other Office 365 features) go to: http://office.villanova.edu
You can sign in with your Villanova UserID (myNova) and password. Explore UNIT’s OneNote resource page and watch this video to learn more about how to use OneNote: OneNote Video.
AudioNote: AudioNote enables you to type notes that are linked to an audio recording. Your notes will be time-stamped, allowing you to playback the recording from that point in the lecture so you can fill in any missing notes. You can also upload pictures and lecture slides to enhance your notes. You can download AudioNote to your computer, smart phone, or tablet. Check out this video that describes several features of AudioNote: AudioNote Video
Livescribe Smart Pens: Livescribe Smart Pens are pens that record audio while you take notes. That audio is time-stamped to your notes (similarly to AudioNote) allowing you to seamlessly review notes, fill in gaps, and create study guides without missing a word. Check out this video about how to use the Livescribe Smart Pens: Smart Pens Video
STEP #3 Talk to LSS about getting access to AudioNote or Livescribe Smart Pens.
STEP #4 If you feel that the above technology does not address your notetaking needs, LSS can connect you with a peer notetaking assistant who will provide you with a copy of notes for each class. Please reach out to LSS to set up this accommodation.
Peer Notetaking Assistants: The peer notetaking assistant will be asked to upload notes for the class to a GoogleDrive folder that you will be able to access. We will do our best to identify an appropriate note taker as soon as possible, but keep in mind that the hiring process often takes a few weeks. Students requesting note takers are responsible for retrieving the notes in a timely manner and keeping LSS updated regarding any questions or concerns. If you would like to request a Peer Notetaking Assistant for your classes, please complete this form:
Please direct note-taking request questions to Emily Harris or email@example.com