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In 2013, deafConntectEd started the development of two online training modules for notetakers. These modules are designed to fill the gap in professional development opportunities for this vital student support service. The success of these modules meant that in 2023, these modules were updated and have now been moved to the VET Development Centre, offering more structured activities, quizzes to test learning as well as a Certificate on completion.


Notetakers are generally employed by the relevant Disability Support Unit where the deaf, deafblind 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 are some professional development resources for Notetakers available from our site:

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.

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.