Note Taking Services

Note Taking Services

DRES will assist students in securing note taking services. Students for whom note taking services have been approved should download a "Notetaker Information Packet" from Compass for each class in which such services are required.  Each packet includes a letter to the professor identifying the student as having a disability which warrants the provision of note taking support services.The letter suggests three alternatives for the provision of this accommodation:

  1. The professor providing the student with a copy of his/her personal lecture notes;
  2. A teaching assistant being assigned responsibility for taking notes in the class; or
  3. The professor recruiting peer notetakers from the class.

Students for whom note taking service has been determined to be a reasonable accommodation may have the volunteer email notes to them or receive carbonless copy paper.


During the fall semester, we will be testing out note-taking software from a company called Sonocent. Sonocent software can be installed on a PC, Mac, or smartphone. You can use it to bring your lecture recordings, slides, images, and text notes together in one colorful, interactive workspace. The unique thing about Sonocent is that it visualises each phrase of recorded speech as a colored chunk. In class, you can highlight these chunks whenever you hear something important. Then, when you come back to your recording, you can quickly revisit those moments without fast-forwarding or rewinding. Please contact your Access Specialist if you are interested in trying this out!