Note-Taking Services

Note-taking services assist OSD-registered students in analyzing and organizing information presented during the lecture and help place them on a level playing field to their non-disabled peers.

If you’re registered with OSD and eligible for note-taking services, you may request note-taking for certain classes. We will arrange for note-takers, usually volunteer students from your class, to take notes on your behalf. 

You have the option of remaining anonymous to your note-taker.

Course Eligibility

Eligible Courses: Online classes where the instructor is providing Zoom through CANVAS (or other live or recorded lecture content) are eligible for note-taking services). 

Non Eligible Courses: If your instructor is only posting online lecture handouts such as notes and PowerPoint slides, (meaning, there is no live or recorded lecture), then the class is not eligible for note-taking services. OSD students are expected to access and review this material on their own, as notetakers are not required to provide notes.

Request Note-taking Services

OSD students are encouraged to advocate for their note-taking services in a timely manner. Each semester, students eligible for a note-taking accommodation should:

  1. Request their note-taking accommodation using the OSD Online Services (AIM).
  2. After attending the first lecture, if you feel that you do in fact require a note-taker for the class, log back into OSD Online Services and “confirm” your note-taking request immediately. 
  3. After the first week of classes, if you find that you no longer need note-taking services (i.e. your instructor has posted all necessary materials in Moodle or Canvas), please log into OSD Online Services to “cancel” the request.

If you need a note-taker and do not have one after the first week of classes, follow up with your OSD counselor or OSD Note-taking Services as soon as possible.

Note Delivery

Notes will be uploaded to the OSD online system for easy retrieval. Once a notetaker uploads a file to the online system, the online system will notify all eligible OSD students that notes are available for download.

If you have any questions please, contact [email protected]

Become A Note-taker

Student note-takers help students with disabilities get the notes they need for class. Benefits include:

  • Priority registration
  • Stipend (up to $75 per class)
  • Community service certificate

To sign up to become an OSD note-taker, visit our CANVAS page:

  1. Login to Canvas through your MyCalStateLA portal.
  2. Click on “Courses” towards the far left-hand side of the page, the click “All Courses” in the pop-up.
  3. Click on “Browse More Courses” to the far right-hand side of the page.
  4. In the “Name” search bar type “OSD,” then click “Search”.
  5. You will see “OSD Note-taking Services: Notetaker Information & Resources”, click “Join This Course”, then click “Enroll in Course”, and lastly click “Go to the Course.”

If you have any questions please, contact [email protected]

*Please note that our office strives to provide note-taking services of the utmost quality. Understand that we are utilizing your Cal State LA peers to meet the goals of this service as set forth by the ADA. These peers are volunteering their time, therefore, personal preferences of individual notes may not be feasible. However, we will exhaust all efforts to meet reasonable accommodation requests.