This case has been badly misrepresented. There is a living professor and TAs. The videos are a part of the materials provided for the class, like a textbook. Professors link to helpful videos all the time. It’s good for students. Imagine the horrors of being assigned to watch the Feynman lectures (“But he’s dead!”). This student is the type to never read a syllabus and never notice that they are getting class correspondence from their real professor and jumping to the assumption that the person in the video is their professor.
A Cranky Professor
Dammit, Thom! Why are you dragging up this nonsense again?!?
I’m the instructor of the course in question. I spent a couple of very stressful weeks getting a crash course in how media distorts stories and takes what they want to tell a tale unconnected to the facts. Feel free to see my comments on the last time this was posted here on BB:
I’m grading the exams and term papers. I’m the instructor of record for this course. It’s unnerving seeing this twitter thread blow up over the internet.
(Longtime BoingBoing reader, first time commenter.)
Let me give you folks some info about the situation.
This is an online course offered through the university and a 3rd party company as part of an online education partnership started 10 years ago. The professor in the lectures was an illustrious expert and beloved teacher at my university.…
[In my Professor voice] I strongly recommend you read this Canadian Press article that does a decent and non-sensationalist job:
MONTREAL - Concordia University says it has modified information provided to students in an art history course after one student said he was surprised to discover the professor delivering the video lectures had died in 2019.
A local Montreal paper also wrote a very good article (in French):
The least the university could do is add some titles to the beginning of each lecture to let students know that the lecturer is deceased, maybe add a short memoriam or links to the family’s preferred charities.
In the near term dystopian future, the masses will be taught by crappy online course software and automation. Only the rich will be taught by humans. It’s a bleak future for the massive overabundance of PhD students.
It’s a bleak present for the overabundance of phds…
Yeah, it’s crazy hearing what that world is like. I recently reconnected with an old college friend. He went straight through from undergrad to get his PhD and work at a University (while I kind of happily flailed around before landing where I am now). He recently left the university to drive trucks, and is psyched to be making almost twice what he was as a professor.
I know there’s more to fulfillment than the paycheck, but it seems insane that he can make more driving a truck than sharing his wealth of knowledge.