A scribe writes the answers exactly as the student dictates them. A scribe may be used by a student with specific writing deficits related to cognitive issues such as a learning disability or brain injury, or by a student who does not have the manual dexterity to physically write or type. Students, wherever possible, are encouraged to learn how to use assistive technology (i.e., voice-to-text software) that will record what the student verbalizes, thus increasing independence by eliminating the need for a person to write for them. There remain, however, circumstances where assistive technology is not suitable and a scribe must be used.
A scribe provides verbatim dictation of student responses. The student may organize information before involvement of a scribe is needed, or the student may dictate an oral outline. The scribe may also read work aloud back to the student. The scribe does not discuss course content with the student nor help the student organize their thoughts.
The scribe acts as the student's hand and/or eyes; they will not assist students with the content of the answer in any way. Students dictate their answer to the scribe and include all punctuation, not assuming the scribe knows how to spell technical words. The student must confirm spelling with the scribe.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
Do's and Don'ts for Scribes