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Skipping class made easy

Two websites launch where students can buy and sell course notes


 

Students who miss class or who have poor note-taking skills now have an option to buy notes from their peers online. Two websites, StudyMonkey.ca and Notewagon.com, catering to students looking to either sell or purchase class notes have recently launched at several universities, including all three Toronto schools, the University of Waterloo and the University of Western Ontario.

“The point of university is to learn the content, not attend every class,” Khaled Hashem, head of marketing at U of T for Notewagon.com, said. He added that “There is a huge opportunity for students to make money.” Repositories for students to buy and sell notes are common in the United States, but are only starting to take root in Canada.

One Ryerson professor said the service encourages laziness, and feeds “into an element of passiveness about student learning that we see increasing in classrooms.” Another suggested that the websites could violate copyright rules, pointing out that the “notes themselves are based on lectures, and the lecture material is the intellectual property of the professor.”


 
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Skipping class made easy

  1. “notes themselves are based on lectures, and the lecture material is the intellectual property of the professor.”

    So when I take notes in class, I need to properly source the professor who is teaching?

    (A. Professor, personal communication, January 13, 2011).

    ?

  2. So.. If I read a book and gave my interpretation to a friend I have to pay the publisher? Thats not fair! NoteWagon allows students content… theres no point in posting content from the professor as it is posted for free anyways. The value is the interpretation of the content by students! NoteWagon has served me wonders in school! I use it to compare my course notes here in Waterloo.

  3. Not even, students have always been sharing notes… That’s a FACT… now they’re doing it online so that students don’t have to give notes to those annoying friends for free…. Now I get paid for doing good work in class by just online posting on notewagon.

  4. There are times the professor’s teaching doesn’t make sense to a student, but a student’s interpretation might actually help. That’s where Notewagon comes in. The bottom line is that the student learns enough to pass the tests no matter how it’s done!

  5. Yes. Did you not know that? Maybe you missed that class.

  6. That comment was for Buster.

  7. Hmm, Notewagon, do you also pay students to praise your website online? I found this article while searching up Notewagon after being bombarded constantly with grammatically incorrect emails. I feel that this cheap form of self advertising serves as a backfiring method of promotion as I would question the validity of your content if I was a student in need of some notes.

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