How to be a Volunteer Note Taker
Thank you for volunteering as a note taker for the Center for Accessibility Resources!
Please read through the sections below for detailed information on:
- Why am I being asked to take notes
- Who are you helping
- How to sign up as a note taker
- How to upload notes
- How to be a successful note taker
- Strategies for taking successful notes
- Examples of good, ok and poor notes
- How will I get my $50 gift card
- Can I put note taking on my resume or job application
Why are you being asked to take notes?
The Center for Accessibility Resources ensures that individuals with disabilities have the necessary information to be successful as students here at Linn-Benton Community College. As part of their academic accommodations, students with disabilities may request supplemental notes for their classes.
Who are you helping?
The Center for Accessibility Resources serves students with a variety of disabilities. Some examples of students who might have a note taker accommodation include students who have:
- low vision or who are blind
- learning disabilities
- limited dexterity or mobility
- hearing loss or who are deaf
- inability to concentrate on the lecture and take notes at the same time
How do I sign up to be a Volunteer Note Taker?
- Go to https://cascade.accessiblelearning.com/LBCC/
- Save this website to your browser’s book mark bar for easy future access.
- Click on SIGN UP AS A NOTE TAKER
- Enter your LBCC Student Number (X number)
- Enter your user name (firstname.lastname.#### - example: mickey.mouse.1234)
- Enter your LBCC email address
- Enter the security words, and continue to Step 2
- Enter contact information, and click Register as a Note Taker.
- Go to your LBCC email to get your temporary password.
- Log back into Online Services at https://cascade.accessiblelearning.com/LBCC using your username and temporary password (you can change your password after logging in).
- Read and sign the Volunteer Note Taker Contract.
- Enter the CRN(s) _______________________ for the class(es) you can take notes for and submit.
- When you receive an email showing you have been assigned to the class you may begin to upload notes as directed in the email, and listed below.
How do students get their notes:
You will upload notes to the database where you sign up as a note taker. Students will login into the same database to download the notes.
How do I upload notes?
You will upload your notes to our Online Services website within 24 hours after each class.
FOR ELECTRONIC NOTES:
Save your notes with a detailed file name (i.e. CH150 Monday 6-15-15)
FOR HAND WRITTEN NOTES:
Scan notes and save with a detailed file name (i.e. CH150 Monday 06/15/15) to a flash drive or known spot on the computer.
Scanners are located in RCH-114, the Library, and in the Learning Center's College Skills Zone for your use.
The Library also has a copier that can email documents directly to you.
RCH114 has a dedicated scanner, copier and computer for volunteer note takers to use.
- Login to CFAR's Online Services website https://cascade.accessiblelearning.com/LBCC/
- Click on the Notetaker tab across the top
- Scroll down to File Information
- Select Class, Note For, Day(s), and File (you will browse for the detailed filed name)
- Upload Notes
The person you are taking notes for will receive an email every time you upload notes.
How to be a successful note taker:
- Attend class regularly.
- Let your instructor know if you are going to be absent so a substitute can be found.
- Be on time to class - Often, important information is give out just as the class begins, or as class ends.
- Practice confidentiality - Do not share any information regarding who you are providing notes for to others.
- Provide notes in a timely manner - Notes need to be uploaded within 24 hours after each class.
- Contact CFAR immediately if you become unable to continue taking notes so we may assign another note taker.
Strategies for taking successful notes:
- Notes can be hand written or captured electronically.
- If hand writing notes, write neatly and use dark ink. Carbonless paper is available for your use in RCH114.
- Record the date, place, topic/title and presenter on your notes.
- Number each page.
- Write in a clear and concise manner.
- Draw boxes around or underline the main topics.
- Highlight important points or items with asterisks (*).
- Capture anything written on the board or presented in a Power Point.
- If the instructor refers to the text, mark the page number in notes.
- Note all assignments and due dates.
- Leave plenty of whitespace for later additions.
- Leave spaces between main ideas.
Examples of good, OK and poor notes:
How will I get my thank you gift card?
- You will receive a $50 gift card to either the LBCC Bookstore or Food Services if you successfully complete the note taking assignment as you agreed to when you signed the Note Taker Contract.
- The student you are taking notes for has the opportunity to rate/review your performance at anytime.
- At the end of the term they will be required to rate/review your success as a note taker for the entire term in order for you to receive your gift card.
- An email will be sent to you during the last week or two of the term indicating where to pick up your card.
- If you take notes for more than one student in the same class, you will receive an additional $10 for each student.
- You will receive $50 for each different class you take notes for.
Can I put Volunteer Note Taking on my resume?
Your time spent as a volunteer note taker can be added to your resume, as well as on a job application.
Here is an example of how to include it:
Volunteer Note Taker (Quarter and Year)
Linn-Benton Community College, Center for Accessibility Resources
Provided detailed notes, weekly, for qualified students registered with Center for Accessibility Resources