Online Learning Update

October 26, 2010

Online Learning?: Cal State Bans Students From Using Online Note-Selling Service

Filed under: Online Learning News — Ray Schroeder @ 12:10 am

By Travis Kaya, Chronicle of Higher Ed Wired

California State University has barred students from buying and selling lecture notes online through a new note-sharing service called NoteUtopia. The university sent a cease-and-desist letter to the San Francisco-based company on September 21, ordering it to stop commercial operations across all 23 of the system’s campuses. Cal State also sent out a systemwide e-mail warning students that selling class notes violates state law and could, in extreme cases, result in expulsion. According to Michael Uhlenkamp, a Cal State spokesman, the service violates the portion of the state education code barring the distribution of lecture records, including “handwritten or typewritten class notes,” for profit. Since the company received the letter last month, Mr. Uhlenkamp said, its officials have “done what we’ve asked them to do,” including stopping active marketing and publishing a disclaimer on their site warning users that selling lecture notes is illegal.

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