Abstract

The act of note-taking is a key component of learning in secondary and post-secondary classrooms. Students who take notes retain information from classroom lectures better, even if they never refer to those notes afterward. However, students who are legally blind, and who wish to take notes in their classrooms are at a disadvantage. Simply equipping classrooms with lecture recording systems does not substitute for note taking, since it does not actively engage the student in note-taking during the lecture. In this paper we detail the problems encountered by one math and computer science student who is legally blind, and we present our proposed solution: the CUbiC Note-Taker, which is a highly portable device that requires no prior classroom setup, and does not require lecturers to adapt their presentations. We also present results from two case studies of the Note-Taker, totaling more than 200 hours of in-class use.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationASSETS'08
Subtitle of host publication10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Pages81-87
Number of pages7
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2008
Event10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'08 - Halifax, NS, Canada
Duration: Oct 13 2008Oct 15 2008

Publication series

NameASSETS'08: The 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility

Other

Other10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, ASSETS'08
CountryCanada
CityHalifax, NS
Period10/13/0810/15/08

Keywords

  • Assistive note-taking
  • Automatic note-taking
  • Blind
  • Lecture
  • Lecture notes
  • Low-vision
  • Meeting
  • Note-taker
  • Note-taking
  • Notes
  • Student

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Information Systems
  • Software

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    Hayden, D., Colbry, D., Black, J. A., & Panchanathan, S. (2008). Note-Taker: Enabling students who are legally blind to take notes in class. In ASSETS'08: 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 81-87). (ASSETS'08: The 10th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility). https://doi.org/10.1145/1414471.1414488