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I-Notes arent so bad

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I-Notes Aren’t so Bad

In the article, “Disappearing Ink”, Todd Gitlin discusses StudentU.com, a website that sells lecture notes from over 60 different universities. These notes, taken by graduate students, very thoroughly summarize the lectures. This website and others similar to it are creating controversy in many universities. Gitlin, being an experienced professor, writes from experience saying that some students who had purchased the pre-written notes didn’t attend class because they already had the lecture on paper, and those that did attend failed to take part in the discussion as they normally had. A variety of opinions have evolved on the subject, as one student, Blake Morrison, feels that these “canned” notes can not truly capture everything there is to be learned from a professor’s presentation. Brook Borne, however, feels that these online notes would work well in addition to the discussion. Other students such as Rose Szybrowski and Ralph Tedson find no reason to listen to a professor read text you could read yourself.
After considering possible outcomes, I find these websites are not problematic. Students who do not want the notes will not buy them, and those who do will. As to Gitlin and others concerned with attendance, online colleges have similar programs that are easier and cheaper.
Suzie Quintana and Michael Rollafson, along with other students, feel that a profes...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how todd gitlin discusses studentu.com, a website that sells lecture notes from over 60 different universities.
  • Opines that online colleges have similar programs that are easier and cheaper. students who do not want the notes will not buy them.
  • Explains that students like susan quintana and michael rollafson feel that a professor's lecture is more valuable than copied notes. others purchasing and using online notes will not affect their learning.
  • Opines that the prerelease of notes is an academic asset. jamal peters feels that having to write notes in class can be a nuisance and makes it difficult to take part in the class discussion.
  • Explains that online colleges already have programs that are cheaper than normal college tuition and require far less planning. courses like phoenix online are 100% online and students can attend without having to get out of their pajamas whenever they feel it is convenient.
  • Concludes that there are no real downfalls to online lecture notes. most students attending universities feel they are paying for more than a copy of lectures, and will not use them.
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