Volunteer NoteTaker Sign-up
Thank you for volunteering as a note taker for the Center for Accessibility Resources!
How do I sign up to be a Volunteer Note Taker?
- Read about How to be a Successful Note Taker below.
- Go to our Online Services website https://cascade.accessiblelearning.com/LBCC/.
- Click on Sign Up as a Note Taker, and follow the directions.
You will receive an email when you have been matched to a note taking assignment asking you to confirm you are still willing and able to take notes. The email will include directions on how to upload notes.
At the end of the term you will receive a $25 gift card to the LBCC Bookstore or Food Services if you successfully complete the note taking assignment.
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 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.
How does the student get their notes?
After you upload the notes, the student will login to the Online Services website and download the notes.
How do I scan and/or upload notes?
You will upload your notes to our Online Services website within 24 hours after each class.
- For Electronic Notes: Save notes with a detailed file name (i.e. CH150 6/15/15).
- For Hand Written Notes: Scan in notes and save with a detailed file name (i.e. CH150 6/15/15) to a flash drive or known spot on the computer. Several scanners are located in RCH114, the Library, and the Learning Center's College Skills Zone for your use. A copy machine is also located in RCH114 for your use.
- Login into CFAR's Online Services website: https://cascade.accessiblelearning.com/LBCC/.
- Click on Notetaker tab across the top of the screen.
- Scroll down to File Information
- Select Class, Note For, Day(s), and File (you will browse for the detailed file name)
- Upload Notes
The student you are taking notes for will receive an email every time you upload notes to the system.
How will I get my thank you gift card?
You will receive a $25 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.
Can I put Volunteer Note Taking on my resume?
Your time spent as a volunteer note taker can be added to your resume.
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