If administers and ground crew (professors) are sincere about their mission of learning they would embrace Flashnotes. That company has established an online marketplace for selling and buying notes about courses. It also provides other learning aids. The pricing, which ranges between about $1.99 and $63, is affordable. Here is the coverage by Ingrid Lunden at Tech Crunch.
Those of us who earned degrees immediately see the student benefit in this service. I could have gotten a lot more out of courses such as Contracts at Harvard Law School and Shakespeare at the University of Michigan had I been able to grasp the big picture. That is, the fundamentals the professors were lecturing about and would test me on. Yet, there was no "guidebook" at that time. The best around were Cliff Notes types of briefings, some better than others. But none directly aligned with a particular school of thought or actual course.
Now there is. As supporters of Flashnotes point out, being guided through what is supposedly going on in class could increase completion rates. Lunden point out there is about a 40% dropout rate in brick-and-mortar education. I would add that online courses, especially those which are free, also have low completion rates.
Flashnotes was bound to happen, after Zipcar showed that a player in the Sharing Economy could be a commercial success. In some circles the ethos of sharing is celebrated. After all, it makes accessible services and products to Everyman. With Zipcar, the senior citizen living on Social Security near Yale can still afford to enjoy a good drive now and then, thanks to Zipcar.
Flashnotes makes accessible to those from all backgrounds the sophisticated concepts deconstructed in American higher education. This could be the biggest step forward in higher education for the masses since the GI Bill.