Notetaker Orientation and Training Quiz

Thank you for agreeing to be a notetaker for a student registered with the Accessibility Resource Center (ARC). Your service is greatly appreciated by both the student receiving the notes as well as the Accessibility Resource Center.

To be an ARC notetaker, you will need to fill out the Application Contract and complete a brief online orientation quiz. If you have already taken the online orientation quiz, you do not need to take the training again. We have a record of who has completed the training – just bring in your completed Application Contract and W9.

The process for the orientation:

  1. Carefully read the Notetaker Orientation information on this page. After reading this introductory information, you may proceed to the training quiz.
  2. Proceed to the Notetaker Training Quiz by clicking the link at the bottom of this page.
  3. Answer the questions on the quiz.
  4. Deliver both the COMPLETED Note Taker Application Contract and W9 form to the ARC main office in Mitchell Hall room 112, by the end of the 10th week of classes for Spring or Fall semester or by the last week of classes for Winterim or Summer term. If you turn in the Application or the W9 after this deadline you may not be paid or receive volunteer credit.

ARC Notetaker Orientation—Please Read Carefully

Communication

Be sure you communicate with the student, and encourage them to give you feedback. Determine the best way for the student to communicate with you – some students use text messaging or email, others prefer to communicate over the phone.

Confidentiality

Respect the student’s privacy – share information about the student on a need-to-know basis – for instance, to your back-up notetaker (see below) or with the course instructor. Do not disclose or identify the student or his/her disability to other students. The student’s contact information should remain confidential as well.

Taking Notes

Take clear and concise notes during the class session. If you notice the student for whom you are taking notes has been absent for more than several classes, please contact the Accessibility Resource Center. The student is responsible for getting the notes if he/she has missed class. Please try to incorporate the suggestions from the Tips for Good Notetaking in your notes. This information is available on both the website and in your packet.

Printing class materials from D2L or the G-drive and giving these to the student is not sufficient. You are responsible for providing notes on the information presented during lecture and discussion/lab sections.

A notetaker is not a tutor for the student. You may, of course, study with the student if you’d like, but it is not required. Your job is to take notes for the student and provide the notes to the student by the end of the week.

If you are Absent

If you plan on being absent from class or cannot show at the last minute, it is your responsibility to find a back-up notetaker and exchange the back-up notetaker’s contact information with the student. A back-up notetaker should be secured as soon as possible! Be sure to introduce the back-up notetaker to the student. If the notes are crucial, (i.e. there is a test during the next class session), please contact the student and make arrangements so they get the notes they need. Be sure to let the back-up notetaker know the responsibilities that day.

If you Drop the Class

If you drop the class any time during the semester, please let the student and course instructor know as soon as possible. This will assist the student and instructor to find a new notetaker quickly. It will be helpful if you can recommend another student from the class, or ask the instructor to help you find a new notetaker.

Feedback

Please be conscientious about the quality of your notes. Communicate with the student and provide opportunities to share feedback. Ask the course instructor to review your notes. This will not only assist the student, but will also provide a valuable study aid for you.

Typed, Paper, or Photocopies?

Many notetakers use a laptop to take notes in class, then email a copy to the student. Some notetakers type up their handwritten notes after class, then email a copy to the student. Either of these options provides more legible notes and are preferred.

If typed notes are not an option, the Accessibility Resource Center provides free “carbonless” notetaking paper for those who are taking notes by hand. If you and the student prefer to copy your handwritten notes rather than use our paper, the student or notetaker is responsible for copying costs. ARC will only make copies if you are taking notes on our paper for more than one student in the class, since the carbonless paper will not produce more than one copy.

If you are running low on carbonless paper, please inform the student or stop at the ARC main office in Mitchell 112 and ask for more paper.

Payment

The Accessibility Resource Center pays notetakers $40.00 per credit hour. You will be paid $120.00 for a three credit class. If you are taking notes for more than one student in the same class, we will pay for an additional credit hour for each additional student. We encourage notetakers to consider taking notes on a volunteer basis – it could even meet volunteer requirements for certain academic programs. We will provide a certificate listing the number of class credit hours at the end of the semester.

Fall checks are mailed out in the middle of January, and Spring checks are mailed in the middle of June. Summer checks will be mailed out mid to late September.

Note: Checks will only be mailed to your HOME address. They WILL NOT be mailed to your dorm address.

To receive payment, please fill out the Notetaker Application/Contract completely and clearly. Make sure the address you put down is the place you will be residing one month after the semester ends.

The Orientation Process

After reading all the information above, proceed to the quiz.

When you have successfully completed the quiz, both you and the ARC staff will receive an email confirmation with your quiz results.

Deliver both the COMPLETED Note Taker Application Contract and W9 form to the ARC main office in Mitchell Hall room 112, by the end of the 10th week of classes for Spring or Fall semester or by the last week of classes for Winterim or Summer term. If you turn in the Application or the W9 after this deadline you may not be paid or receive volunteer credit.

When you submit your Application Contract and W9, your Contract will be signed by ARC staff.

We must have your Contract and W9 by the 10th week of the semester, unless the student’s ARC advisor or the Notetaker Coordinator have waived this requirement in writing.

Proceed to the Quiz