Tim Rowe discusses the rollout of peer notetaking at UC.
The rollout of peer notetaking at UC has been a major undertaking for the Disability Resource Service (DRS) in 2016.
Fortuitously, this innovation has coincided with the introduction of UC’s new Co-curricular Record programme, and getting peer notetaking counted as one the activities connected with CCR has been fantastic from our point of view.
Among other benefits, the CCR programme offers a way of making peer notetaking more attractive to students who might be contemplating applying. Beyond the small monetary incentive DRS can offer and the knowledge that their notes help other students with disabilities succeed in their studies, CCR recognition of DRS notetakers provides students with an opportunity to demonstrate qualities like empathy, community engagement, and an enterprising spirit to potential employers. This is a significant benefit and could make all the difference to them when they graduate and enter the competition of the job market.
As a nice ancillary, connecting peer notetaking with the CCR programme helps broaden acceptance of differences and promotes the work that DRS does to assist students with disabilities achieve their goals at UC.
Click here for an example of a CCR Work readiness skills / Graduate Attributes matrix.
The Co-curricular Record (CCR) was launched in 2015 and provides official recognition for approved ‘out of classroom’ activities students participate in.
So what’s in it for staff? Rose Reynolds shares her experience:
“Working with students and the CCR is a win-win situation. I have been an Activity validator on the CCR since 2015. I developed the Student Success Internship as a way to integrate more student viewpoints into our core business.
The students coming through the programme have been nothing short of amazing. Student Success Interns apply themselves to a wide range of undergraduate research, including Diversity Stocktake and Success Toolkit. Putting my programme on the CCR was so easy and worthwhile. The SS Interns were grateful for a way to apply their academic skills in a ‘real-world’ environment, and I benefited from their fresh perspective. You will be AMAZED at how proactive and energetic our students are.
Our students will leave UC to enter a complex and competitive job market. You can help them develop skills employers are looking for by inviting them to help in your day-to-day work. Is there a small project you want to get off-the-ground, but lack the time? Do you work closely with students via a faculty club? I encourage all staff to consider the activities students are engaged in, and get in touch with the team to get them ‘CCR approved’.