Remote Learning FAQ

We wanted to respond to questions we've received from you regarding the continuity of your accommodations that are related to notetaking assistance. Most of you inquired if the services you're approved for will still be valid, and how your notetaking accommodations will look in an online setting.

First and foremost, please review your accommodations (as outlined in A11y) with your instructors as soon as courses begin and communicate/Zoom-meet with them as soon as possible to finalize how your accommodations will be implemented in their courses. If you need help finding out where to view these in A11y, please let us know by emailing Student.Accessibility.Servces@Dartmouth.edu.

As with on-campus courses, please notify SAS immediately if you have any questions or concerns about your how accommodations are being implemented in your remote courses.

I have permission to audio-record lectures for study use. Will the Zoom courses be recorded?

Your instructor may already be pre-recording the lectures, or may be planning on recording the live lectures. If you have permission to audio record the lectures for study use, please check with your instructors as soon as possible to find out their plans.

Zoom does have a recording feature, but as an "attendee" to the meeting, you will need to request permission from your "meeting host", in this case your professor.

If your professor expresses concerns about lectures being recorded, we can share with you the Fair Use Agreement that you can fill out with your faculty member. Please let us know if you'd like this document.

Does Zoom have a captioning function?

Zoom, unfortunately, does not support truly accurate automated real time captioning at this time. They do provide automated captions that are not completely accurate, if the host in Zoom enables the "Live Transcript" for student viewing. You can still make requests for the usual real-time, accurate, captions through our office, and please reach out should you like do to so.

I am approved for peer-notetaker services. Will I still be able to receive notes from a peer-notetaker for my classes?

The short answer is yes. When you have an idea of your course format (now identified on the course timetable), if you believe you require peer notetaking services for one or more of your courses, please make the request in Ally for the course(s) individually. Ideally, requests should be made once you have checked out the supports that may be built into your course, by the end of the first week of classes. If you would like additional instructions on how to use the A11y database, please contact SAS.

I am approved to use a smartpen in my classes. Can I still use it?

By all means, please do, and be sure to review your accommodations regarding permission to audio-record with your faculty before recording. Please email Notetaking Services, and we will be happy to schedule a time that works for you, if you need to discuss anything about this accommodation with us.

If your professor expresses concerns about lectures being recorded, we can share with you the Fair Use Agreement that you can fill out with your faculty member. Please let us know if you'd like this document.

I am approved for Audio Notetaker/Glean software. Can I still use it?

Absolutely! Be sure to review your permission to audio-record accommodation with your faculty before recording. If your professor expresses concerns about lectures being recorded, we can share with you the Fair Use Agreement that you can fill out with your faculty member. Please let us know if you'd like this document.

I am in a different time zone/I am not available during drop in hours at the beginning of the term. Can I schedule a one-on-one meeting with Notetaking Services?

Yes! Anytime during the term please feel free to reach out to schedule a Zoom audio only or video chat with Megan or Gigi. 

As always, please notify SAS immediately if you have any questions or concerns.