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Notetaking - Paid Notetakers

Description of Paid Notetaking Services

The Notetaking Service provides copies of class notes to qualified students with disabilities. Notes are provided by fellow students who are paid a small stipend for sharing their notes.

Information For Notetaking Service Users

Please follow these steps if you need notes for your classes:
  1. Complete the appropriate notetaking service user training after receiving your VISA and having notetaking services identified as a reasonable accommodation.
  2. Arrange notetaking services as soon as possible but no later than the end of the third week of the semester by doing the following:
    1. Complete the appropriate Online Notetaking Form.
    2. Recruit notetakers for your classes.
    3. Refer notetakers to McBurney so we can pay them.
    4. Contact the Notetaking Coordinator for assistance if you are having difficulty recruiting notetakers.
  • Review "Other Important Steps Throughout the Semester".
  • Notetaking Service User Training

    Online Notetaking Form

    • Most students complete the general "Online Notetaking Form" (available 8/23/2017) (see instructions)
    • Students who use interpreting, CART, and Media Captioning services should submit their notetaking requests along with their requests for interpreting, CART, and Media Captioning services using the McBurney Center Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) Service Request Web Site (also known as the Green Book).

    Recruit Notetakers for Your Classes

    • Most students request assistance from faculty to recruit notetakers. Share the Notetaking Service Faculty Letter (opens in Microsoft Word) with faculty. We recommend a face-to-face meeting with faculty to request assistance. If a face-to-face meeting cannot be arranged in a timely manner, you may contact faculty via email (see Email Templates for Notetaking Service Users - please read directions carefully before using this option). Remember to arrange to get sample notes from faculty if you are using Recruitment Option B.
    • If you already know students in your classes whose notes you'd like to use (e.g., former notetaker, classmate you already know, etc.), you can approach them directly to ask them to share notes.

    Refer Notetakers to McBurney So We Can Pay Them

    1. Give each notetaker a Notetaker Information Form (opens in Microsoft Word) as soon as you select them. Fill out the chart on the form so they know the following::
      1. Your name and email address
      2. The parts (lecture, discussion, lab) of the class for which you want notes
      3. If you want notes for the entire class or only a portion of it (e.g., students approved for notetaking later in the semester may not want notes from the start of the semester).

    Other Important Steps Throughout the Semester

    Please follow these steps throughout the semester:
    • Discuss the following with the notetaker: preferred notetaking style (e.g., Cornell method, outlining, mapping, etc.), schedule and method for receiving notes, and any feedback on notes provided thus far.
    • If you experience significant disability-related absences, contact your accommodation specialist and your faculty members to explore options. Otherwise, you are expected to attend class regularly. Students whose faculty report non-disability-related attendance problems may lose access to notes.
    • If you drop a class or decide a notetaker is not needed:
      1. Update the general "Online Notetaking Form" (just uncheck the lecture, discussion or lab that doesn't need a notetaker) or the McBurney Center DHH Service Request Web Site.
      2. If you already have a notetaker for the dropped class, please email the notetaker (see Email Templates for Notetaking Service Users) and copy notes@studentlife.wisc.edu on the email. This email can replace your signature on the Notetaker Payment Verification Form. Do this as soon as you drop the class since notetakers are only paid up to one week beyond the date you drop.
    • Sign the Notetaker Payment Verification Form - These are emailed to notetakers after the 9-week drop deadline for undergraduates. Please review the form for accuracy before signing it.
    • Review "Effectively Using Your Note-taker's Notes" .

    Information For Notetakers

    1. Submit the Notetaker Information Form you received from the student for whom you are taking notes to McBurney within the first three weeks of the semester (or within a week of being selected as the notetaker by a newly approved McBurney client).
    2. If you are not a native US citizen, please submit copies of the appropriate documentation needed for payment.
    3. Complete a notetaker training session if you are a new notetaker. Please complete training as early as possible (especially during the summer session). You have two options:
    4. Discuss the following with the student: preferred notetaking style (e.g., Cornell method, outlining, mapping, etc.), schedule and method for receiving notes, and any feedback on notes provided thus far.
    5. Pick up notetaking supplies (carbonized notebooks or copy cards), as needed.
    6. Expect to receive the Notetaker Payment Verification Form via email at the end of the 9th week of classes during the fall or spring semesters. During the summer, you will receive the Notetaker Payment Verification Form prior to the last week of class.
    7. Return the signed Notetaker Payment Verification Form by the due date listed at the top of the form. To retain control over when you are paid, McBurney recommends that notetakers return signed forms themselves.
    8. Contact the notetaking coordinator if you have any questions or concerns throughout the semester.

    Contact Information for the Notetaking Service Coordinator

    The Notetaking Service Coordinator, a part-time student employee, is best reached via the notetaker coordinator's email address (notes@studentlife.wisc.edu) or by calling the main desk at 608 263-2741.

    Notetaking Coordinator Hours:

    Spring 2017

    • Mondays: 8:30 am to 1:00 pm
    • Tuesdays: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
    • Wednesdays: 8:00 am to 11:30 am
    • Thursdays: 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm
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