NoNotes.com offers an alternative to notetaking

Are you an athlete who has to miss class because of your game schedule? Are you an upper classmen who has trouble taking good notes during your research interviews? Are you going to have to miss class for a trip or another personal reason? There might be a solution to all these problems.

NoNotes.com is offering a new and growing transcription service to students. Basically, you create an account at NoNotes.com, record audio during your class and upload the file to the website, and then a typed word-for-word transcription of your recording that can be distributed, searched, and stored for your records will be emailed to you and available on the website’s server within one to three business days, according to the website.

The website offers not only transcription services, but translation of over 80 languages, transcript custom formatting, a legal level accuracy guarantee, conference call attendance, a guaranteed turnaround time and time coding. You can also choose to get your files in both PDF and Word Format. The website also offers a new NoNotes brand digital voice recorder with up to 280 hours of recording time, one GB of memory and a digital readout, which comes with two hours of free recording time.

A variety of products and packages are offered, and there is no monthly commitment. Basically, you purchase however many hours of recorded content you need transcribed and each time you use the service, the time is simply deducted from your account. The company is also very flexible with creating custom packages for those who need more time than the options outlined on the website.

Just this year, NoNotes.com launched its new customer portal, which is very easy to use and now offers a job rating system. This service is perfect for upper-year students’ research interviews; athletes who, because of sports scheduling, must miss classes; and disabled students who need notes taken for them.

“It saves students time and energy,” Matt Whitteker said, President and co-founder of the service. “Our service has grown exponentially.”

With the numbers of subscribers currently in the thousands and still growing, and the company’s recent step into selling products such as the recorder, he is correct in his assertion.

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“I think this service could be really helpful for students, especially those with a lot of online classes or those with children. International students who have problem with the English language, or students who have issues with illness could find this service really helpful, I think,” Sheree Moser, a UAA student studying dental hygiene, said.

“In the end, it’s what you know that matters,” James Muller, political science professor at UAA, said. He went on to say that how you get to knowing doesn’t make a huge difference, but the discipline of summarizing what you’re hearing is still important.

However, not all opinions of this service are positive.

“A service like this seems to me to be a disservice to the student,” Andrew Janco, adjunct instructor for the Department of History, said. “It can’t replace face-to-face interaction in a classroom.”

“I could easily see students attempt to use this service as an excuse to just not go to class,” Brett King, UAA political science major, said.

Whitteker stated that the staff in no way encourages students to use their service as an excuse to miss class, and the company tries not to position it in that way.

The company is optimistic and hopeful for the future. Next, they plan to integrate themselves into university television stations by providing captioning and continuing with their new product line of recorders.