Study Blue lets you share your class notes online

So I got another spam email today in my old college email account and it brings up something of a quandary. The email was from Study Blue, an online notes repository. This is a site where you can upload and organize the notes you type up for a class (or meeting). It's geared strictly towards students, though, and I really don't think a pro would want to use it. TBH, I'm not sure anyone should use it.

Part of what I like about the site is that it allows you to organize your notes by class, edit them, as well as share them by  tweet or facebook.  You can also view your notes with Study Blue's iPad and iPhone apps. One downside, though, is that you can _only_ organize by academic class. I can't create a meta category for a class project or for independent research, just to give you 2 examples. But that's not the biggest problem.

Study Blue is set up to share your notes with other users without asking you. Also, there's no way for you to disable sharing. I know it's not a big deal for class notes, but I'm really glad I noticed before I uploaded anything private. What if a student was working on a project that cannot be shared? Or what if a student uploads a finished assignment? Study Blue could have gotten that student academic suspension.

And in case you were wondering, there's no indication that the site is set up to share everything. I registered twice, and neither time did I have to agree to a T&C nor did I see a mention of whether other people could see my files. I'm a little bothered by this. I know that this is a relatively minor case of piracy, but I still think Study Blue should have asked.

Still, it's an interesting site. Go check it out.

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4 Comments on Study Blue lets you share your class notes online

  1. Actually, you can mark your notes as private in the site.
    Here’s how: When you are in the site, select the course you want to study. Select the note file or flashcard. At the top right-hand side of the screen select “Edit Privacy and Details.” Under “Privacy,” you should click on the box next to “Private,” and then when you save your document the privacy setting will also be changed.
    Also, here is some additional information on privacy and content sharing from the site –
    Thanks for the mention, and I just wanted to clear this up.

  2. Study Blue has allowed students to upload university materials into their website without the permission of the authors. It assumes that what the students are uploading are their own – which is not the case. Privacy should not be an option. It should be the norm for all materials uploaded.

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