You May Have Been YouTubed

Scott Jaschik, Inside Higher Ed, Sept 06, 2006
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Too funny - students are secretly recording videos of their professors and posting them on YouTube. This is a practice I encourage. Oh, I know, there will be much righteous objections on the part of professors. But really, if you are not willing to have your words posted for the whole world to see, you shouldn't really be saying them, now should you?

The objection, of course, is as Ann Springer says. "The professor's presentation in class is the professor's intellectual property, and to submit it to a Web site is a violation of those rights -- and a concern to the university and the professor." Well, you see, this is just a mistaken view of what is happening in a classroom. A class is the production of the class, not the professor, and as a participant in the class, the student has as much right to the recording as anyone else. The professor does not "own" the class - to say so is to summarily, without process, deprive students of possession of something they have not only helped create but also paid for the privilege.
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