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Stingy business model?

If you spent a while making some fantastic assessment materials, then someone else got hold of it and started making money from it, you’d probably be somewhat annoyed.

Yet this is exactly the business model that seems to be cropping up.

One business has this to say (paraphrased) on their web site:

  1. “Teachers upload questions”
  2. “Students take tests”
  3. “We use fancy algorithms to select which questions to ask and re-ask over time” etc

But then they conveniently miss out point number 4:

4. “To make the most of our product, you need to pay. And no, we won’t pay you for the question banks you’ve submitted that we use in our product.”

Seems a little unfair, doesn’t it?