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University Park, Pennsylvania
Tutors and Learning Resources

Job Number: REQ_0000013807


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Smeal EMBA/Student Disability Resources is looking for a graduate-level teaching assistant to assist a graduate student with classroom-based note-taking tasks to ensure access to lecture and classroom information. This position will work eight hours a day August 13th through August 20th. Primary duties include:

  • Taking notes during class lectures and groupwork portions of course. Note formatting (e.g., typed, hand-written) will be determined in concert with the graduate student consumer. Handwritten notes should be legible for others to read. 
  • Creating text-based descriptions of classroom materials according to accessibility guidelines that are primarily visual or graphical in nature. This includes writing descriptions of anything that is written on the board or presented on overheads, handouts, PowerPoint slides, or any other visual aids.
  • Using a raised line drawing board to sketch a visual image to provide the graduate student tactile access to visual or graphical material.

This person will work closely with the graduate student consumer, his classmates, and instructor. The candidate will be trained by the graduate student in order to follow directions given by him to: perform note-taking tasks; present tactile information; move through classroom material; and provide necessary information. This person is not responsible for individually teaching the material or finding answers when reading an assignment. Understanding of business administration principles is required. Previous experience in working with people who are blind is preferred but not required. Training on accessibility guidelines and use of a raised line drawing board will be provided; prior knowledge is not required.

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