Note‑Taking


The note-taking service facilitates the sharing of notes between students who are able to take in-class notes and those who are unable to take notes in class. 

As more and more Dalhousie instructors provide access to course material through lecture capture, discussion boards, and online notes, we encourage you to explore other note-taking supports including assistive technologies. Make an appointment with your Access Advisor to talk about your options.

Through informal consultation with students and faculty we have made some changes to our Note Taking Service. As of January 1, 2019 the Centre will transition to an online submission platform for both students requesting notes and students applying to become a note taker.

Requesting notes

Step 1:The student meets with an advisor to discuss note taking as an accommodation.

Step 2: If approved, the advisor notifies the instructor(s) of the note-taking accommodation.

Step 3: The student receiving notes submits the required course(s) via the online form.

Step 4: The advisor, instructor and student determine how to reasonably implement the accommodation (e.g. through the instructor or through a peer).

Step 5: If a peer note-taker is determined to be the best option, a note-taker will be selected by the Centre.

Step 6: Once selected, the peer note-taker posts notes to a restricted group on Brightspace, managed by the Student Accessibility Centre, within 48 hours of each lecture.

The student receiving the accommodation must communicate with their advisor if they are having issues with receiving the notes or with the quality of the notes.

At the end of the term all notes are deleted from the Brightspace group. 

Remember: The note-taking service is not a substitution for class attendance!

Becoming a note-taker

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer note-taker please complete the online application form. Only one note-taker will be hired in each class and only those who are selected will be contacted.

Note-taker responsibilities:

  • Meet with the note-taking coordinator for a brief overview of our expectations
  • Review the policies outlined in the note-taking handbook and agree to the terms
  • Read and sign a confidentiality agreement and abide by its requirements
  • Upload electronic copies of the notes to the Brightspace Group (additional information will be provided to approved note-takers)
  • If required, scan hard copy notes using the scanner in the Student Accessibility Centre

Peer note-takers are recognized through Dalhousie’s Co-Curricular Record.