deafConntectEd is pleased to announce two online modules are now available for people interested in or already working as notetakers. These modules were designed to fill the current gap in accredited professional development opportunities for this vital student support service.


Notetakers are generally employed by the relevant Disability Support Unit where the deaf or hard of hearing student is enrolled. Employment is often on a casual basis. Training may be provided on the job, with additional feedback between students and notetakers encouraged to ensure the needs of students are met.

deafConnectEd would like to offer further support opportunities for notetakers so we value your feedback. Do you have suggestions for further skills development activities that we could support online? Contact us to share your thoughts.


The following is a list of some of the professional development resources available online:

Online modules on notetaking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students

Two modules are now available, offering participants the following topics:

Module 1 – Notetaking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students:

  • Study notes – who uses them and for what purpose
  • The ‘how’ of good quality notes
  • Understanding hearing loss
  • Notetaker role and responsibilities

Module 2 – The practice of Notetaking:

  • Electronic notetaking
  • Ethical boundaries
  • Establishing a good working relationship
  • OH&S and tips for self care

Both modules also provide:

  • video interviews with students and experienced notetakers sharing their perspectives and tips for newer notetakers
  • structured activities that look at the memory and writing skills involved in notetaking
  • links to key organisations and further reading

Click here for further information.


Notetaking for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students: An Introduction (Video)
This online video resource provides an introduction to the issues relating to notetaking and offers tips on writing effective notes.

Duration: 9:19min

TED conferences (
Do you have an upcoming course in a specialised subject and would like to prepare? The TED site has hundreds of short lecturettes on topics as varied as art, IT and urban planning. The talks are ideal for practice as they are presented to a live audience and often include visuals aids which provide you with the opportunity to practice incorporating diagrams into your work.