Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Market for Online Class Takers

Like many universities, mine is gearing up for online courses in a big way. Our administrators see this as an untapped revenue stream. The faculty worry about diluting the value of the degree. How do you know that the one enrolled in the course is the one doing the work and taking the exam? With "WeTakeYourClass," it just got harder. From their website:

We know why you came here

 You are struggling with your online classes or homework and you want someone to do it for you. We can handle almost any subject and customer service is a priority. Our company culture revolves around making sure you feel safe and satisfied knowing that your work is being done by an expert within your specified deadline. We are here to serve you around the clock by email, live chat, and phone. For all of your academic needs, WeTakeYourClass wants to be the one you turn to time and time again.

Signing up is simple:

1) Fill out the Get a Quote Form or speak to a representative about your assignment

2) Receive a price to complete the class or assignment and come to an agreement

3) If its an online assignment, we will complete it for you and send an invoice when its done. If its an offline assignment we will send an invoice and once its paid, we will complete your work and send it to you within the deadline.
HT: Mark Perry at Carpe Diem


  1. I wonder if the faculty worried about diluting the value of the degree concurrently support efforts to increase educational attainment in the US. I'm betting there's quite a few NIMBYs in that group.

    1. Yes, there are quite a few faculty members who are simply resistant to any change. After all, university instructional technology has not really changed much since Gutenburg. Just look at the incentives. Administrators see all the benefits (new revenue streams) while faculty see only costs (retooling, loss of control, loss of prestige).

      Two points about goals for increased educational attainment. First, online and distance education should dilute the comparative advantages that US universities currently enjoy as bright third-worlders will not have to travel to the US for a first class education. Second, that may be OK because the US, but not developing nations, likely sends too many students to college (graduation rates ~50%).

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  3. With technological advances, more and more degrees and courses are being offered online, and there is always a risk the person clicking submit isn't the person enrolled in the class. If the student is having someone complete all work for the student, the student is not only paying the price for the other person or service to complete the work for them, they are also paying for an education and not learning anything from. That is a lot of money for a piece of paper at the end to not have gained any knowledge in any course. It is similar to telecommuting for work, which is happening in more and more industries. Employees can say they worked a certain number of hours, and it can be hard to verify unless they were on a conference call or video chat. They could say they were working on a project all day and in reality, never opened their laptop once. It comes down to trusting and assuming the person has good intentions and are being honest with the work they are performing.