Flashnotes – The Collaborative Economy meets Social Learning
Students creating learning for other students, and making money from it too? If only.
But that’s what’s promised by Flashnotes – a new collaborative peer-to-peer learning marketplace where students can offer services or create resources such as flashcards for other students, and earn a weekly commission on their sale. I’m an enthusiast both for using technology for learning, and for social business models, so this should be right up my street.
In his LinkedIn profile, founder Mike Matousek says
Flashnotes is on a mission to provide college students with two things — more money and better grades. On Flashnotes.com, college students sell and buy course-specific study materials — study guides, notes, flashcards, video tutorials, and live video help. Flashnotes.com Pays2Study (TM) approach empowers smart college students to make money from their own study material while helping other students study smarter to get better grades.
A quick look through the busy marketplace, shows one enterprising student has earned $126 selling a Final Exam Study Guide, so it’s obviously striking a chord with students. Though as a lecturer it leaves me feeling a little uncomfortable, and not just because of money changing hands for what I would like to encourage as commonplace collaboration, but because of the potential plagiarism issues. Would you like your “complete semester notes” – as translated by one of your students – to be for sale online?
There are no UK Universities on board yet – want to be the first?