Shifting Students from Peer Notetaking to Technology Based Solutions


Presented at 8:00am in Denver 4-6 on Wednesday, November 16, 2022.



  • Gwynette Hall, Accessible Learning Technology Manager, University Wisconsin - Madison

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


The University of Wisconsin – Madison has developed a notetaking accommodations toolkit that includes resources for both student access and success. We will discuss trends, technology based notetaking accommodations, and student feedback on notetaking accommodations. During this presentation we will also have an interactive discussion about notetaking accommodations and how we can all continue to innovate.


Research has proven that notetaking is a vital part in the learning process. It is a learned skill that needs to be developed. This often makes notetaking accommodations difficult to determine and implement because lack of skills or ways to manage disability can be disguised as a barrier. When notetaking skills or ways to manage disability are not being considered when determining a notetaking accommodation, we end up over accommodating and overwhelming students. The University of Wisconsin – Madison experienced a high increase in notetaking accommodation requests where peer notetaking was the most common accommodation. With the requests rising but students not using the accommodations provided we began to take a closer look at notetaking accommodations in general. We questioned what barriers students are experiencing when taking notes and how notetaking accommodations were determined. By investigating these questions, we began to parse out the notetaking barriers from the lack of notetaking skills. This led us to technology-based tools that not only remove the barriers but allows the student to develop independent notetaking skills. Join us in learning how we provide students with the most appropriate notetaking accommodation to remove the barriers they are experiencing while building their notetaking skills and have a conversation about how to continue to innovate.


  1. Learn how UW-Madison shifted from peer notetaking accommodations to technology based notetaking accommodations
  2. Learn how to determine the most appropriate technology based notetaking accommodation for a student
  3. Student feedback on technology-based notetaking accommodations: OneNote, Glean, iPad with Notability.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Psychological

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Gwynette Hall

Gwynette is the Accessible Learning Technology Manager at McBurney Disability Resource Center, University of Wisconsin – Madison. She has over 15 years of experience in working directly with students with disabilities as an educator and advocate. In her current role, she gets to work directly with students who use a variety of adaptive technologies to access their education and students with a variety of disabilities to determines the most appropriate alternative format, notetaking, and furniture accommodations. She earned her master’s degree in special education with a focus on learning disabilities and brain development.


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