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Technology is used at Bethel to engage learning in a variety of ways. Some professors provide Powerpoint slides, while others use electronic discussion boards, and online classes deliver content via video that allows students to work at their own pace. Students use technology to support their learning through a variety of ways, including collaboration with peers via Google Drive, engagement with Moodle, and taking pictures of pertinent information to enhance their notes.

For taking notes in and outside the classroom, the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) encourages all students to learn which strategies work best for them. Some students prefer to handwrite notes using a notebook and pen, others prefer to type notes on a laptop, and some students work best with a hybrid of both. All students are encouraged to obtain support from the Academic Enrichment and Support Center (AESC) to enhance their study skills, including notetaking. Resources can be found via AESC's website and/or by meeting with an AESC Academic Counselor.

OARS recognizes that some students with disabilities require accommodations with note-taking to have access to course lectures. Rather than rely on peer notetakers, DRS strives to support student engagement and increase independence by providing assistive technology that can be used in and beyond the classroom.

Why assistive technology? We believe that each of these three tools helps increase student engagement with course material, which fosters learning and retention of information. These technologies allow students to review audio from class sessions, providing the opportunity to hear information they may have missed when it was initially presented, or review new concepts that are hard to grasp. Students can also organize the information in systems that best works for them (e.g., color coded). DRS believes in introducing tools that can be used in employment settings or other contexts beyond the classroom to support the individual’s access for years to come.


Available Assistive Technology Includes:

Sonocent Notetaker: Sonocent is a computer software that students can use on their laptops and/or smartphones. Sonocent uses a CARE approach to note-taking: Capture, Annotate, Review, Engage. Sonocent records audio information for students to review following the class session. Students using Sonocent on their computers can type notes directly into the program. 

LiveScribe Pen: This assistive technology is a physical pen that records audio while the student takes written notes. The student can later upload both the audio and their notes to their computer for organization and review. 

Noteability: This app can be used on Apple devices (iPad, iPhone or MacBook). Noteability records audio while a student writes on their device. Students can also take pictures to include in their notes. As with Sonocent and the LiveScribe Pen, Notetability allows for students to organize and review the audio and their notes following class sessions. 


To request notetaking assistive technology, please follow the accommodations process. For more information, contact the Accommodations Coordinator or your Disability Specialist.