While Facebook started off as a social networking platform for students only, it never really had much of a focus on supporting learning – and has had relatively limited take up as a collaborative learning tool (which may even be tailing off as more adverts and controversies over privacy and IP ownership occur).
Courtesy of Shona Mullen of McGraw-Hill I had a peek at ‘Grade Guru‘ yesterday – a new social networking app focussed on note sharing and collaborative learning.
The idea is that students can submit their own notes of classes for other students taking the same/similar classes to use. Notes can be rated by readers, and points are awarded to the highest rating notes. Then (the incentive part here) points can be traded in for a fair variety of rewards… including paypal credit.
The community is very small at the moment, but it will be interesting to see if it grows and takes off. Will the rewards attract high quality notes? I think there are some software issues to resolve in the short term, and the system is clearly undergoing a lot of development at the moment.
Lest people worry about this becoming another major source of plagiarism, Shona was keen to emphasise note sharing… not assignment sharing – and pointed out that content is submitted to plagiarism detection services precisely for this reason.