Posts tagged “Higher Education

Why use WordPress for Academic Blogging?

Blogging mindmap

 

  1. It’s free – up to a very generous point.
  2. It’s customisable.
  3. It’s a social network – a great way to find and link with others in your field.
  4. It facilitates multiple authors and collaboration.
  5. It is open source – which makes it even more customisable for a very low cost (for the hosting only).
  6. People have built really usefully plugins and extended the wordpress platform to create whole online communities that can be used to blog together – for example you can build your own social network on BuddyPress.
  7. Can move swiftly and easily to a completely independent site at very low cost.
  8. Lots of free resources to learn WordPress.
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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.

flashnotes sale

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?

 

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