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How Western Oregon University reduced admin costs, improved accessibility and boosted student independence with note taking tech
Peer Notetakers can be inconsistent, costly, require a large amount of admin time and reduce student independence.

These were some of the challenges identified by Western Oregon University, and the reasons why they decided to pilot Sonocent as an alternative note taking accommodation during the Spring Semester 2018.

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Hear Louann Casares (Program Specialist and Accommodation Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services) explain how Western Oregon University reduced the cost-per-student of note taking support by 75% using Sonocent, as well as improved the students’ ability to take notes independently and be more present in class.

With Western Oregon University's pilot now successfully completed, Louann will also share plans for implementing Sonocent fully for Fall 2018, and provide insight into engaging faculty with the new technology.

The session will include a demonstration of how your students can use Sonocent Audio Notetaker to capture and annotate audio in class, then revisit the material at their own pace to create richly detailed notes independently.

Attendees will have the opportunity to register their interest in trialing Sonocent note-taking software for free over a semester.


Learning Objectives:

- Understand the challenges of using peer notetakers to support students.
- Explore how note taking technology can reduce admin costs and improve accessibility and student engagement.
- Hear how Western Oregon University plans to implement Sonocent going forward after their successful pilot.

Not available on October 2nd? Don't worry! If you sign up we'll send you the recording after the webinar has taken place.

Oct 2, 2018 3:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Speakers

Louann Casares
Program Specialist and Accommodation Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services @Western Oregon University
Louann coordinates note taking and captioning accommodations at Western Oregon and manages the administration of the office. She has been at Western Oregon since 2012 both as a professional and as a student earning her B.S. in Business Administration. Louann has served on the board of directors as Treasurer for the Oregon Association of Higher Education and Disabilities (ORAHEAD) since 2014. Prior to her work with disability services Louann worked for the Natural Resources Conservation Service managing cost-share contracts between Oregon farmers and the federal government.