Utne Blogs > Science and Technology

Recorded Classes Threaten Professors

 by Bennett Gordon


Tags: Science, education, privacy, recording lectures,

University LectureRecording college lectures gives students the opportunity to learn beyond the restraints of a brick-and-mortar schoolhouse. The audio and video recordings also give professors the opportunities for disaster. The Chronicle of Higher Education reports that one professor was placed on administrative leave after appearing in a video called “apparently baked professor” that was posted on YouTube. Another recording pushed the lines of legality after a private conversation between a professor and a student about grades—a subject protected by federal statutes—was recorded and almost posted online. 

The new recordings may threaten “the traditional freewheeling spirit of the classroom” according to the Chronicle, if professors are scared of saying the wrong thing on camera. Colleges are working to curb this tendency by making it easier on faculty to edit the recordings at will. With camera phones sitting in the pockets of nearly every student in college, however, the editing software may not offer much protection.

Image by Emily Walker, licensed under Creative Commons.

Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education

karly x
5/14/2009 5:14:41 AM

In the education department the ones facing some difficulties is the Westwood College is in for it now, as they just had to pay Uncle Sam about $7 million, for violating the Fair Claims Act. Westwood College got the business end of the boot as they had reportedly lied to students about graduation rates, acknowledgement of credits with other universities, and a host of other things. I doubt it's going to mean that students who enrolled there will be getting their personal loans for tuition back. Westwood is a chain of branch colleges, owned by Alta Colleges, Inc. The CEO insists, of course, that they did nothing wrong. It seems clear that Westwood College has some serious credit repair to do. http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/05/07/westwood-college-hand-money/


karly x
5/14/2009 5:13:57 AM

In the education department the ones facing some difficulties is the Westwood College is in for it now, as they just had to pay Uncle Sam about $7 million, for violating the Fair Claims Act. Westwood College got the business end of the boot as they had reportedly lied to students about graduation rates, acknowledgement of credits with other universities, and a host of other things. I doubt it's going to mean that students who enrolled there will be getting their personal loans for tuition back. Westwood is a chain of branch colleges, owned by Alta Colleges, Inc. The CEO insists, of course, that they did nothing wrong. It seems clear that Westwood College has some serious credit repair to do. http://personalmoneystore.com/moneyblog/2009/05/07/westwood-college-hand-money/