Best practices for digitizing note-taking accommodations


Presented at 9:15am in Cotton Creek II on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.



  • Dave Tucker, Sonocent

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


Why is note taking so difficult? What additional challenges do people with disabilities face? Why are effective note-taking strategies about more than capturing information? How can audio-editing technology help students take better notes, remember more of what they hear, and regain control of their learning?


In this session, Dave Tucker will look at the research demonstrating that note taking is a core study skill that is absolutely intrinsic to learning and academic success. He will explain how students with disabilities such as dyslexia and ADHD struggle to take effective notes independently due to issues with working memory, spelling and grammar, organization skills, and handwriting. And he will provide practical examples of how the latest audio-editing technology can be a game-changer for these students, by allowing them to take recordings of classes, annotate as they listen, and revisit the material at their own pace. Throughout the session, Dave will draw on examples of 2- and 4-year institutions who have added audio-editing technology to their toolkit of note-taking accommodations, and seen an immediate jump in student engagement, retention and GPA as a direct consequence.


  1. How by using AT, students with disabilities can take notes independently
  2. How institutions can implement digital note-taking provisions on campus easily following best-practice
  3. Digital note-taking systems provide a better quality of support for students which raises attainment

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Mobility

Topic Areas

Administrative/Campus Policy, Assistive Technology

Speaker Bio(s)

Dave Tucker

Dave Tucker has been working within the assistive technology industry since 2010. He runs Sonocent with his father; a small British software company which aims to enable students with learning disabilities to study effectively. Their mission - better learning. His previous speaking credits include ATIA, Accessing Higher Ground and AHEAD.