Frequently Asked Questions
How much are NoteWagon Tokens worth?
Each individual token can be cashed out for 0.5 cents in USD. This can be done through paypal or by cheque. We do have a minimum dollar requirement before you cash out. You would need a minimum $5 to cash-out by PayPal and $50 to cash-out by cheque.
Do I have to pay for NoteWagon Tokens?
No! Many student’s share their notes in order to earn NoteWagon Tokens. They then use those tokens to get documents in other courses or cash them out. You could also earn documents by referring friends/classmates to our online learning community. As a final option, you could opt in and purchase one of our token packages.
How do I know the notes are of good quality?
NoteWagon allows you to preview 33% of a document before you purchase it. This gives you a good idea of quality. You can also view the ratings and comments left from other students. Further, in the rare event that you purchase documents which are way below your expectations, we will offer to refund your NoteWagon tokens if you email us with an explanation of your situation to: firstname.lastname@example.org
How do I know what to price my documents at?
We have a ‘NoteWagon Suggested Price’ based on our experience, but we have seen a range of students sharing documents from $0 up to a price point of $80 for a comprehensive course outline and extensive entire course summary.
Is NoteWagon Violating any Rules?
The idea is that students are sharing their own self-generated content. Just as students have been sharing notes with their peers for years, NoteWagon is just helping to facilitate this sharing of information in a more user-friendly way. Obviously users are expected to know their own institutions rules relating to academic integrity.
When NoteWagon users upload documents they must certify that they are uploading their own property. A student’s self-created study guide, summary of a reading, or interpretation of a lecture is his/her own property. Our members can’t copy a lecturer’s slides or write down what is said in a lecture word-for-word.
Any student that uploads copyright materials, such as a professors/lecturer slides or pages from a textbook is subject to a suspension of their account for up to a week and a second offence could result in termination of their NoteWagon user account.
NoteWagon’s Control Standards
NoteWagon’s 'Head of Product' is an ex-university lecturer and we take intellectual property rights and any academic integrity violations very seriously. We also have an employee dedicated to manually searching documents that could be infringe on Copyrighted work of others.
Similar to YouTube, NoteWagon has implemented a system that allows students and lecturers to ‘flag’ documents that violate the academic codes for their respective school. Documents that are ‘flagged’ are reviewed by NoteWagon staff and deleted, if necessary. We also have a staff member responsible for manually searching the website for documents that may appear to be a violation of our terms of service. We would then launch an investigation and contact the uploader/remove these documents, if necessary. We are also working to try and develop a relationship with turnitin so that members wouldn’t even have the ability to upload plagiarized documents in the first place.
Further, we are creating a feature whereby lecturers would have the ability to gain administrative access to monitor their own courses. They could upload and/or remove documents and facilitate Q&A / Discussions with their students if they choose to do so.
Does your site encourage students to skip class?
NoteWagon is intended as supplementary information. The real learning occurs in the classroom, where students are expected to learn from their professors. Student’s often have diverse learning styles. While some can listen and take great organized notes at the same time, some prefer just to listen to their professors and soak in the information. Some students have messy handwriting or have difficulty organizing/formatting their notes in ‘MS word’. Some students also just learn better from their classmates’ tone of voice and explanations, rather than their lecturers.