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ADCET Webinar: Digitising Note taking Accommodations: Revolutionising the Way Students Work with Spoken Information

Event Details
Online webinar
15 February 2018 2:53 pm

The Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) and the Australian Tertiary Education Network on Disability (ATEND), are looking forward to bringing you their first webinar for 2018.


Studies indicate that creating and reviewing notes effectively is directly related to student academic success. Better notes lead to improved retention of course material and, ultimately, better learning outcomes. However, notetaking is a highly complex task that places significant cognitive demands on memory and processing, making it one of the biggest challenges for students with disability or learning differences such as dyslexia.

This presentation will describe how students who require digital note taking accommodations are utilising Sonocent Audio Notetaker for Windows and Mac to address their barriers to taking effective notes.

You will hear how the technology enables students of all abilities to access, capture, manipulate, re-purpose and organise spoken information from lectures, tutorials, webinars and flipped content. And you will learn how the software has enabled students, many of whom were previously dependent on peer notetakers, to move beyond accommodations to take considered, comprehensive notes independently, applying strategies designed to encourage active listening.

In evidencing how the software has created learning independence, supported retention, and raised academic attainment, reference will be made to staff and student feedback gathered from a survey of over 3,000 end-users worldwide, and to pilot studies carried out with US universities, including the University of Nevada, Reno, where 80% of students allocated the software experienced an average 2-point GPA increase across a single semester. Preliminary data from tertiary education institutions in Australia who have recently piloted the software to support students with note-taking will also be presented.


The content in this webinar will be of interest to equity practitioners with a vested interest in raising student retention levels and academic standards and institution staff working towards a more accessible learning environment within the principles of Universal Design for Learning.


Jim Sprialis is a leading influence in the field of technology and inclusion. He has been an educator for 28 years and during the past decade, managed the South Australian Education Department’s Inclusive Technology Service. Jim now runs his own consultancy service and offers expert advice, presentations, professional development programs and training and support in a broad portfolio of inclusive technology solutions to schools, the tertiary sector and workplaces. With a specialist knowledge base around disability and learning difficulties such as dyslexia, he is passionate about promoting inclusive technologies and universal design approaches that can benefit everyone in their productivity and lifelong learning. Jim is also the Australian contact for Sonocent and has been working with Disability Advisers from several Australian Universities to implement Sonocent Audio Notetaker as a notetaking accommodation.

The webinar is free to attend, it will be live captioned and recorded. The captioned video will then be made available on the ADCET website.

Register here.

Posted 6 February 2018