Note Taking Assistance
SAS recognizes that many students require assistance with the note taking in order to access classroom instruction. For this reason SAS provides many modalities of technology and support for note taking. These include the use of recording pens, student note takers and comprehensive note taking technology.
Recognizing the need for student independence, skill improvement, and the challenges of remote learning, SAS is shifting towards a more automated note taking system, rather than relying on peer note takers. We are offering students access to the Glean notetaking software for note taking. This software is, going forward, our primary form of note taking support. Glean records and visualizes audio, so students can insert tags and type in notes that are synchronized with the audio. The software provides flexibility for student users and the ability to improve the quality of their own notes. Should a student feel they are unable to access Glean, we will work with them and look at other solutions. A number of SAS notes providers will continue to help fellow students with disabilities by taking notes for all course meetings each week for the semester for those students who cannot access other more independent note taking supports.
We have made this decision based on feedback on the quality and reliability of peer notetakers, the flexibility that this modality gives students who may be taking classes both in person and remotely. We are committed to ensuring that all students at Brown have access to their academics. We are always glad to meet and discuss other options, including in person note takers, if for some reason note taking software or technology does not meet the student’s needs.
If you have any questions, if you would like to discuss note taking needs, you can email [email protected] or call SAS at 401-863-9588. SAS is open M-F, 8:30am to 5pm.