Note taker Information for Faculty
The Disability Resource Center (DRC) recognizes that the way in which students process information and record notes varies based on ability level. If students have been granted a notetaker by the DRC, a notetaker announcement will be included in their Faculty Notification Letters. This statement can be read in class, with instructions on how to sign up as a notetaker by going to our website (uca.edu/disability) and clicking on “Sign up as a Notetaker”. You can also distribute only the statement to your course via email or blackboard. Please ensure to keep the students information confidential.
Students will sign up as a notetaker through our new online database. The system will then match them with the student needing notes based on the CRN. The notetaker will then receive an email letting them know they have been matched and should start uploading notes immediately.
We prefer students to upload their notes into the myDRC online database. This will ensure our students confidentiality as well as ease of access for both parties. If students do not have access to a scanner to upload notes, there are scanners and computers available in Torreyson Library or they may come to our office in Student Health Ste. 212 to scan the notes.
If you have any questions or concerns please call our office at 501-450-3613.
Accessible Course Materials
When a student is approved for Alternate Format Text, then all class materials (required textbooks and handouts, reading materials, syllabus, exams, etc.) are provided in a format that allows him/her the ability to “read” or “access” the material. Alternate format materials come in many forms including but not limited to: adobe, word, audio file and/or in braille. The student can listen, hear, or use braille to “read” the text material.
We encourage all professors to consider accessibility when creating their course materials (i.e. PowerPoint slides, handouts, Word, PDF, etc.). Here is a very helpful link to Mount Holyoke College’s site on Creating Accessible Course Materials.
There are some free resources to help converting your inaccessible files to an accessible format. SensusAccess is a great tool. This website converts inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible and less tricky formats. It also automatically converts documents into a range of alternate media including audio books (MP3).