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Thursday, January 10 • 10:45am - 11:25am
Learning Innovation Lab #1: Note-Taking at Mason - Whatever Floats Your Notes

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Successful note-takers demonstrate consistent transcription fluency, strong working memory, and the ability to identify important content with speed and accuracy.  Students with disabilities and functional limitations in any one of these areas will most likely experience challenges in recording effective lecture notes compared to their non-disabled peers.  To ensure appropriate access, universities often provide accommodations to students with disabilities to assist in obtaining copies of lecture notes.  At Mason, this is often done by identifying or providing a volunteer note-taker or access to copies of professors’ lecture slides.  Research suggests that note-taking services may be minimally effective for content retention and recall compared to having students engage in their own note-taking processes.

Participants will be asked to consider how Disability Services at Mason can best support students with note-taking accommodations to increase ownership in their learning and independence in the college setting.  After covering background information related to the cognitive efforts involved in note-taking and the ways in which they can be impacted by specific disabilities, we will create a space for conversation and discussion regarding a new initiative from Disability Services in an effort to best meet the needs of students who access assistance in obtaining lecture notes.   


Morgan Thompson

Graduate Professional Assistant, Disability Services

Thursday January 10, 2019 10:45am - 11:25am EST
Johnson Center, Room G

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