Technology trumps old-fashioned note-taking

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The demand for student-assisted note takers is dwindling.

By Priscilla Galarza

Disability support services rarely needs volunteer note-takers because technology has made class content more readily available, a senior generalist student success said Feb. 18.

“The requests for classmate note-takers are very rare,” Delia De Luna, student success senior generalist, said.

Instead of students depending on the assistance of others, students with disabilities now can be more independent because instructors use technology to distribute their notes, she said.

“Technology is taking over,” De Luna said.

Notes in classrooms are no longer limited to being written on a chalkboard.

Instructors now post PDF files and PowerPoints so students may easily access it via Canvas, the college’s learning management system, she said.

“Students now have the ability to do it themselves and it’s 99 percent effective,” De Luna said.

Assisted note-taking is a service offered to students with disabilities. Classmates are asked to assist another students with taking notes on the lessons from their class period.

If students with disabilities want to request note-takers, they must provide medical proof of a disability to the office.

Then a fellow classmate would be asked to take notes on carbon copy paper.

“It just works,” said De Luna on assisted note-taking.

For additional information on assisted note-taking, contact disability support services at 210-486-0111.


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