On-line notes companies which provide free lecture notes to students
have been booming for the recent two years. They hire students to note
down lecture notes and then post them on the web sites where a variety
of advertisements could bring about huge revenues. Some students supplement
their notes by visiting those sites while attending lectures regularly,
some just totally skip the class by relying on those on-line notes, others
consider them unreliable or ridiculous. The on-line notes which are supposed
to fill in the gaps in students' notes and make better interaction between
students and professors, based on the companies' claims , are opposed by
some professors because of copyright infringement and academic honesty
violation. Some Universities have taken actions against lecture notes companies.
A law has been passed in California state to prohibit the sale and distribution
of lecture notes in campus.
online notes a godsend?
Who is the legitimate owner of on-line notes, student note taker, professor,the
University or the company?
Do you need professor permission to post notes based upon their lectures?
Is the provided notes correct and updated?
Is the propaganda around the page appropriate?
Do students even need to take notes if they are provided on such a service?
Classes are usually based around the professor, do you think these online notes are enough?
Is it ethical for students to sell the lecture notes?
Should the college interfere when its class notes are posted on line?
How much classroom experience you can get from the on-line notes?
Can on-line notes completely replace lecture attendance?
Can on-line notes improve students' GPA and even push up the whole education
Recently sites offering course notes have began springing up all over
the web. Most of these sites offer these notes which are usually taken
by students for a fee to those who are willing to purchase them. These
sites are completely ethical. Most arguments are that students who read
these notes will not be attending class, and the notes will mis-represent
the material presented in class. What if a student misses class, and then
copies notes from a fellow classmate? This is usually the instruction given
by a professor when a student misses class. Another issue that arises is
that of copyright. Selling these class notes for profit can be seen as
unethical if the professor claims that the material presented in class
is copyrighted by them. But again this also goes back to the scenario of
what happens if a student misses class, and copies notes from a fellow
classmate, is this violating the copyright of the professor? Some states
are banning the posting of class lecture notes on the web, such as california
Legislation Forbids Sale of Lecture Notes. There are several sites
offering these services such as Study 24-7
and Study Aid. There are many articles
that argue that these sites are unethical such as Online
Course Notes Draw Fire From Professors, Officials and Versity.com
Shouldn't Have Right to Distribute Class Notes. These articles tell
about the copyright issues brought up by selling lecture notes online.
There are also sites which provide arguments for the distribution of lecture
Getting Stronger which is an example of this.
For further reading on the debate try this link.