Note-Taking Software vs. Peer Notetaker

A notetaker may be one of your requests. Historically, many students have experienced difficulty and/or delays in acquiring a human notetaker for one or more classes. Some of these human concerns include: •

  • Difficulty identifying a notetaker; sometimes takes weeks, if ever
  • Delays in receiving notes from a notetaker
  • Notetakers take notes that work for them but may not be what you need and/or are in a style that does not work for you
  • Notetaker is absent
  • Notetaker (or student) drops the class and does not tell anyone, so there’s a delay in securing another
  • Notetaker is failing the class (How good were those notes?)
  • Notetaker accidentally writes down incorrect information (How would you even know?)

Many universities around the country are reporting similar issues. Universities such as Clemson, Ohio State, Georgia Tech, Georgia State, and Kennesaw State, amongst many others, are working out alternative plans to the fallible human notetaker. The results are much more effective and efficient for lecture capture. Depending on the rationale behind your request for a notetaker, please review the following options and let us know, as soon as possible, what will work best for you for your future lecture-capture needs.

Student Disability Services offers several options for note-taking assistance. Students who have been approved for note-taking accommodations may email  or call SDS to get set up with one of the following: