Thank you for your interest in becoming a DAS notetaker. As a Notetaker, you will support a student's learning by providing clear and accurate notes as a record of lectures or classes. Notes are essential tools for learning and revision, therefore the work of a Notetaker provides crucial support. Please read through the following information carefully so that you can have a complete understanding of the process.

Notetaker Responsibilities

As a notetaker, you are responsible for:

  • Notetakers are expected to take neat, detailed notes during the assigned lecture.  You are expected to make arrangements for a substitute notetaker in case of absence from class. 
  • Notetakers are expected to upload notes to the DAS system in order to receive payment.  Notes should be uploaded as soon as possible but no later than 24 hours after the lecture. 
  • Notetakers are expected to respond to any questions about their notes in a timely manner.
  • Notetakers  are not required to meet with the student to provide the notes nor are they expected to review the notes with the student.
  • Notetakers are not required to tutor the student or assist the student with out-of-class projects, assignments or homework.

Notetakers are categorized as Independant Contractors. As a notetaker you will not complete a regular timesheet or receive a regular paycheck. You are responsible for completing your assignments in a timely manner without much supervision. Becoming a notetaker is a great way for students to improve their personal notetaking skills, help out a classmate, and earn a bit of money!

Notetaking Process

  1. Step one: Register to become a notetaker online
  2. Step two: Confirm your notetaking assignment
  3. Step three: Scan and upload your notes
  4. Step four: Sign your invoice

Notetaker Tutorials


Register to Become a Notetaker

Step One: Register to Become a Notetaker Online

The first step in becoming a notetaker is to register online through DAS Online Services. You will need to have your complete schedule printed or open in another window with CRN numbers. Please read your notetaker contract carefully, as it outlines important information and your payment information.

Please Note! Filling out this information does not mean that you have been assigned as a notetaker. You will be informed via ONID Email if we have matched you with a notetaking assignment. Please check your ONID inbox regularly.

Watch DAS Tutorial - 'Becoming a Notetaker'

Step Two: Confirm Your Notetaker Assignment

The second step is to confirm your notetaking assignment. You will be asked via ONID Email to confirm your assignment. You can also check the status of any assignments and confirm manually in DAS Online Services by logging in and clicking the 'List Classes' link.

Step Three: Scan and Upload Your Notes

All notes must be uploaded within 24 hours after the end of a class period.

DAS requires that notetakers provide electronic notes uploaded into DAS online services rather than hard copies or emailing. Uploading your notes allows more confidentiality and easier access for students and DAS staff to the notes.

Free scanner locations on-campus:

  • DAS, A200 Kerr Admin. Bldg. has a high-speed scanner available for your use, free of charge for notetaking purposes. Stop by for instructions.
  • The Valley Library has a scanner available for free at the SMS desk on the 2nd floor. Use your OSU ID or a convenience card. Scan and email a document to yourself. It is free.
  • 1130 Kelley Engineering Center also has a free scanner available for student use.

Read Quick Guide - 'Scanning and Uploading Notes'

Watch Tutorial - 'Uploading Electronic Notes'

Step Four: Sign Your Invoice(s)

Electronic invoices will be made available to notetakers during the 9th week of each term. You can initiate the invoice by verifying that you provided notes and signing the invoice online. Your student(s) will then be notified that they can sign the invoice online.

If you are taking notes for multiple students, only one student signature is required for Notetaking Services to process the invoice.

Please verify your address on the invoice. The address listed will be where your checks will be sent. Checks may take 4-6 weeks for processing, promptly sign your invoices to avoid delays in your payment.

Reporting Notetaking Problems

If you encounter a problem during your time as a notetaker DAS asks that it be reported AS SOON AS POSSIBLE, as it may take several days or more to resolve. We rely on open communication from the student and notetaker in order to know of any problems and the sooner they are expressed, the sooner we can attempt to resolve them.

When a problem arises we ask that students attempt to resolve it directly with their notetaker and vice versa. If you are unable to resolve the issue, please contact Notetaking Services at (email). Please note: It may take several days to resolve an issue, please respond as soon as possible to any requests for information from Notetaking Services.

If you feel that your problem is an emergency and needs immediate, direct action, please contact Notetaking Services at 541-737-3672 (phone) or (email).

Information for International Students

Non-resident Notetakers must have a valid Social Security Number and I-94 passport before they will be given a notetaker contract. Non-resident students will not matched with a notetaking assignment without first providing DAS a copy of their Social Security card and I-94 passport. If you are eligible please bring DAS the following:

  • A copy of your valid Social Security card and I-94 visa
  • Sample copies of previous course notes

If you have any questions about your eligibility, please contact Notetaking Services at 541-737-3672 (phone) or (email).

Notetaking FAQs



Once I sign up, can I start uploading notes?

Signing up to be a notetaker does not mean that you are automatically given the assignment. Many students may sign up as notetakers in a single class, but we only hire one. After you sign up, you only start uploading notes after you receive an assignment email, which will let you know which class you are taking notes for and which students will be receiving your notes.

I am an international student, can I still be a notetaker?

International students and any non-resident student is required to have a valid Social Security number and I-94 visa in order to become a notetaker. If you are a non-resident please come to the DAS office in Kerr A200 with your Social Security card, passport, and visa to fill out required paperwork.

Do I have to be enrolled in a class in order to take notes?

DAS notetakers must be currently enrolled in the class that they are taking notes in.

I cannot confirm my assignment, what should I do?

If you have been assigned and are having difficulty or did not receive the confirmation email, please contact our office immediately at 541-737-3672.

What should I do if signed up but I do not want to take notes in a course?

If you do not want to take notes in a particular course please do not confirm your assignment. If you confirmed your assignment and changed your mind, contact Notetaking Services immediately at 541-737-3672 as we must find another notetaker promptly.

Can I just email the notes to the student(s)?

DAS requires that you upload your notes online. Contact notetaking services with any questions.

What do I do if I have to miss class?

Notetakers are required to make arrangements for a substitute notetaker or access to materials provided by the instructor in the case of absence from class.

What do I do if my student hasn't signed their invoice?

If your student has not signed their invoice, but you have uploaded your notes to DAS Online Services, we will be able to verify your payment based on the weeks you uploaded notes. If you did not upload your notes online, you may be asked to provide copies of the emailed or hand-delivered notes for verification.

When will I be paid?

Invoices are processed in the order that we receive them. Invoices that have correct addresses, all signatures, and are turned in before the end of the term will have checks sent within 4-6 weeks, but payments may arrive sooner.

How much will I be paid?

  • 1-2 Lecture Credits: $50
  • 3-4 Lecture Credits: $100.00
  • 5-6 Lecture Credits: $125.00
  • 7+ Lecture Credits: Will be paid at the rate of $25 per lecture credit hour.

Can I get community service hours in luei of payment for providing notes as a notetaker?

Yes you can. To sign up for community service hours, log into ideal-logic with your onid information, click on Record Your Community Engagement, click on Create a New Engagement Record, click on All Community Partner Organizations, choose: Add New Community Partner Organization and input DAS notetaking or College of Public Health & Human Sciences.

Page updated: 10/2020