What is the note taking accommodation?

Some students registered with the OSD experience disability-related barriers which impact their ability to take comprehensive notes while fully engaging in the classroom experience. Note taking may be an accommodation included on your individual accommodation plan in order to address those barriers. 

Note taking is a peer-based, volunteer note sharing service which recruits volunteers from your course to upload their notes onto the OSD's note taking platform. Note takers are recruited for lectures, but not for labs or tutorials. 

Notes provided by the note taking service are meant to be used as a tool, and are complimentary to your own notes. The OSD coordinates, recruits, and manages the note taking service, however, does not verify the accuracy or quality of individual courses' notes. As note taking is a volunteer-based system, we cannot guarantee our ability to recruit note takers in each course that is requested. The OSD encourages students to use notes taken by OSD note takers in tandem with their own notes, and the materials/resources provided by the professor.  

If note taking has been included as part of your accommodation plan, it is your responsibility to: 

  • Make a note taking request for your courses in a timely manner via EZ Notes;
  • Once a student has made an request for notes in a particular class in EZ notes, the OSD starts the recruitment process to find a note taker for that course. If this process is done at the beginning of the semester, and a note taker is successfully found, you can expect note taking to start after the add/drop date has passed;
  • If you do not see the OSD note taking page appear on myCourses after you have registered on EZ Notes and the add/drop date has passed, please contact: notetaking.osd [at] mcgill.ca.

NOTE: If you are a student with a disability classified as a major functional disability by the Quebec government, please contact an OSD advisor prior to the start of the semester in order to arrange note taking accommodations with the least amount of delay 

For questions about note taking, how to sign up, or troubleshooting, please consult the OSD website: 

If your question is not answered on our website, you can contact the OSD note taking coordinator at: notetaking.osd [at] mcgill.ca