Commercial course content web sites

by Faculty Association | Filed under December 2015.

Over the last few years course content aggregators such as OneClass and Course Hero have emerged, companies whose business consists largely of selling material related to specific courses to university and college students. OneClass, for example, has created an on-line database containing tests, lab reports, class notes and other documents. The material is collected by students who supply it to the company in exchange for gift cards (Starbucks, Amazon, etc.). Individuals who wish to access the material purchase a subscription to the site.

OneClass uploads and sells documents without the permission of, or payment to, the academic staff member responsible for the original creation of the material. In some circumstances, this activity could constitute copyright infringement. The OneClass model also raises academic issues associated with the mass, unauthorized recording and reproduction of classroom speech.

More information on this issue can be found in a Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) fact sheet available here.


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