Fall 2020 COVID-19 Update for Faculty 

Due to the challenges we are facing this semester, we are asking that faculty use Canvas as a means to allow students with note-taking accommodations to receive their notes. We have provided some options below on some different ways this can be accomplished. Some of the options below are based around a Universal Design approach for your class. As Universal Design is aimed to make your classroom more accessible for as many students possible, we believe choosing either of these options will foster a more inclusive learning environment for your students. Some of these are the same options that we outlined for faculty in March when courses transitioned to an online format, so they may be familiar to you.

  1. Upload course materials onto Canvas (Universal Design)

    1. We recommend instructing with universal design in mind, providing all necessary materials to all students (i.e. recorded lectures, narrated PowerPoints, outlines, videos, etc.). This lets students go back and access learning materials at any time, allowing them to learn and retain the information at their own pace.

    2. In this scenario, you would not need to find a volunteer note taker, since there is ample resources for students with accommodations to refer back to.

  2. The note-taker or instructor uploads notes to Canvas

    1. Note-taker uploads (Universal Design):
      • In this scenario, the volunteer note-taker would share the notes on Canvas by opening a discussion where the notes can be uploaded. Once they are uploaded, the notes will be accessible for all students, not just those with accommodations. This method is not anonymous for the note-taker, so the instructor would need to share that information with them.

    2. Instructor uploads:
      • Method 1 (Universal Design): In this scenario, the volunteer note-taker would send the instructor their notes and the instructor would share the notes on Canvas by opening a discussion where the notes can be uploaded. Once they are uploaded, the notes will be accessible for all students, not just those with accommodations.
      • Method 2: In this scenario, the volunteer note-taker would send the instructor their notes and the instructor would send the notes directly to the student(s) with note-taking accommodations.

 

  • For more detailed information regarding the Canvas options, please contact the JMU Libraries Learning Technology Services. They can be reached by phone at 540-568-5312 or by email at letsupport@jmu.edu. JMU Libraries also has many Instructional Designers to assist faculty who would like to create their own educational materials, as well as Media Production Services staff who can make videos and materials for faculty at no cost. Instructional Designers and Media Production Services can be contacted through the Ask the Library Support Page.

 

Students have been instructed to discuss their accommodations with you to decide on the best course of action. In order to maintain confidentiality, please make sure whatever is decided protects the identity of the student with a disability.

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