Methods for Effective Notetaking from an Administrative and Student Perspective


Thursday, November 8


1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.


Andrew Childress and Louann Casares


This session discusses several methods for providing effective notetaking services as an academic accommodation for students with disabilities in a higher education environment. The most common approach to notetaking services relies on peer-to-peer notetakers who are placed in individual courses at the request of the student receiving services. This approach is both costly and time consuming for the disability services office and often times does not meet the needs or expectations of the students receiving notetaking services. While this session will touch on various ways to effectively manage peer to peer notetakers, the bulk
of the session will focus on the use of various technology related notetaking services that are advantageous for both the student and the disability resource office. In particular, we will discuss the administrative management and student benefits and concerns of the following:

  • Peer-to-peer notetakers
  • Note Taking Express
  • Sonocent Audio Notetaking
  • LiveScribe
  • Digital Recorder

Learning Outcomes

  • Attendees will explore various methods for providing notetaking services to students who qualify for notetaking services.
  • Attendees will become acquainted with the administrative process for managing diverse notetaking services.
  • Attendees will gain insight into some of the benefits and challenges for each notetaking service from a student perspective.

Presentation Materials


Presenter Bio(s)

Andrew Childress


Louann Casares

Louann Casares is the Administrative Program Specialist for the Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Western Oregon University where she coordinates notetaking and captioning accommodations. Louann has been at WOU since 2012 both as a professional and as a student earning her B.S. in Business Administration in 2018 – WHOOP!. Louann has served on the board of directors as Treasurer for the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (ORAHEAD) since 2014. Prior to her work with disability services Louann worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service managing cost-share contracts between Oregon farmers and the federal government. In her spare time, Louann enjoys ALL of the PNW things (trail running, hiking, microbrews, plant based food etc) and spending time with her husband, four kiddos and grand-kiddo.