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Instructor Notes (Slides / Outlines / Handouts Prior to Class

Access to instructor notes assists students in accurate recording and organization of lecture information when a student is unable take adequate notes in class.

Access to instructor notes can be print copies of outlines or slides, providing outlines, notes, or slides online or sending them directly to the student through email. For students with processing disorders or visual impairments, it is often helpful to have access to instructor outlines or slides prior to class so they have an idea of what the other students are seeing in class and to allow them to add notes to the outlines or slides.

Responsibilities


Student

Students should working collaboratively with faculty in receiving instructor notes or slides. Students are responsible for not sharing instructor notes with other students if they are not provided to the entire class. Students are also responsible for class attendance even if they are receiving notes from the instructor.

Faculty

It is the responsibility of faculty to provide access to their notes in a reasonable timeframe and in the format specified. When providing access to notes, it is important to maintain the confidentiality of the student.

Administration

The administration is responsible for notifying faculty of their responsibilities and providing them with appropriate resources to meet the need of students who are eligible for access to instructor notes. The administration should assist qualifying students in contacting and communicating with faculty about obtaining access to instructor notes.

Resources

Related Functional Characteristics

Motor Skill (Fine) : Instructor notes allow students to have a written record of class information when they are unable to take their own notes due to fine motor difficulties.

Visual Tracking Problem : Instructor notes provide accurate visual representations for students who may have difficulty tracking what is written on the board or presented in course slides.

Visual Field Function : Instructor notes allow students to view class diagrams for a longer duration so they can use strategies to compensate for narrow visual field.

Low Vision : Students may benefit from instructor notes if they have difficulty seeing visual or text information that is presented in class.

Blindness : Students who are blind may require instructor notes to create raised line versions of diagrams, or notes in a digital form which can be read and reviewed using a screen reader.

Hearing Loss : Students who lip read or use an interpreter must always visually focus on what is being said and are unable to take notes at the same time.

Deafness : Students who lip read or use an interpreter must always visually focus on what is being said and are unable to take notes at the same time.

Working / Short Term Memory Deficit : Students with working memory deficits have difficulty taking notes and concentrating on important lecture information.

Sequencing Deficit : Access to instructor notes allows the student with a sequencing disorder the ability have a resource that ensures that they have information and steps in the correct order.

Sensory Distractibility : Instructor notes provide information that may have been missed by a student who has become distracted by extraneous sights or sounds in the classroom.

Processing Deficit (Visual) : Access to Instructor Notes assists students in the organization and accurate recording of lecture information when a student is unable take adequate notes in class. For some students, access to instructor slides or outlines would best be provided before class so the student could take notes on the slides or outlines.

Processing Deficit (Language) : Instructor notes provide written text that provides the student with correct spelling for words that they hear in class but are unable to phonologically process.

Processing Deficit (Auditory) : Access to Instructor Notes assists students in the organization and accurate recording of lecture information when a student is unable take adequate notes in class. For some students, access to instructor slides or outlines would best be provided before class so the student could take notes on the slides or outlines.

Information Processing Speed : Access to Instructor Notes assists students in the organization and accurate recording of lecture information when a student is unable take adequate notes in class. For some students, access to instructor slides or outlines would best be provided before class so the student could take notes on the slides or outlines.

Fatigue (Cognitive) : Instructor notes support student note taking making cognitive fatigue less of an issue.

Attentional Underfocus : Instructor notes provide information that may have been missed if a student's attention has shifted away from the lecture.

Attentional Overfocus : Instructor notes provide information that may have been missed if a student's attention is overfocused on specific details.

Production (Written) : Instructor notes provide students a mechanism for checking spelling or to assist them to take more legible notes.

Perseveration : Instructor notes allow students to review information missed when they were mentally persisting on a topic or idea.

Impulsivity : Students who are likely to jump ahead of the current topic in class may need instructor notes to review missed information.

Inability to Comprehend Social Cues : Instructor notes provide information without gestures or intonations that might be confusing to students who don't understand social cues.

Obsessive Behavior : Instructor Notes allow students to review information missed while they were persisting in obsessive behaviors.

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