October 04, 2006

How about a lecture notes sharing scheme?

Something I’ve been thinking about – how about setting up a scheme to help students locate lecture notes for lectures that they have missed?

Currently, people have to find a friend that does the same module, which can be difficult if you were to choose a weird module or something. Essentially, what I’m thinking of is a scheme where people can post requests for notes (possibly with rewards), and which keeps track of people’s comments and ratings. (e.g. how long it took for the notes to get returned, if at all) People can just post what they want into pigeonholes, (or photocopies, really, if we fear that notes might disappear forever) and earn credit based on how many times they donated vs received etc.

How about it? Sound like an useful service?

(Also, if anyone doing third year Maths would like to put the lecture notes for Qualitative Theory of ODEs of 4 October in my pigeonhole in the maths building, I’d be very grateful. I’d get it back to you ASAP.)

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  1. I think you might be onto a winner here. I think with the rating system etc it’d give people confidence in it and would be quite popular – although you may find it’s only really used for the less popular modules, as, as you suggest, people will probably continue to go via their friends if they are also doing the same course.

    Even so, it’s got my thumbs up!

    04 Oct 2006, 14:15

  2. In engineering we had an MSN group a few years ago for all sorts of things – a way of helping each other out with assignments, swapping notes that we’d taken as well as standard hand-outs, that kind of thing (we didn’t have a credit system as such, but numerous offers of pints flew about, although on that note I have about 50 pints I should get off members at some point!). It was successful-ish, but really the key to anything like that is participation. So if you can get a group of you together to do something like that and people are active with it, then yes it’ll work great. But you may be disappointed to find that apathy kills it. Worth a try though!

    04 Oct 2006, 20:15

  3. John Dale

    I like the idea, but I’m not clear about what would happen in the real world, outside the web site. If I post a request for the lecture notes from last week’s EC205 lecture, say, and somebody else has them and is willing to share them, then what? Is it my responsibility to go and get them, photocopy them and return them, or is it the other person’s responsibility to copy them and send them to me? It seems as if it would be a disincentive to participate if the person with the notes is also the person who has to do all the legwork.

    10 Oct 2006, 10:49

  4. I think that for each module one person should be made chief lecture note taker and then what happens is that they go to the lecture and everyone else can stay in bed. The chief lecture note taker then hosts their notes online and everyone else goes \o/ yay!

    15 Oct 2006, 21:28

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