If you are one of the millions of students who have been taking your classes virtually, it is suddenly important – or not? – that you validate if your teacher is alive or if the sessions you are attending correspond to prerecorded lectures when he/she was still alive kissanime.
This in order that what happened to Aaron Ansuini and his colleagues from Concordia University does not happen to him.
Ansuini, who during the previous semester took an Art History class with Professor François-Marc Gagnon, wanted to contact Gagnon and not his assistant professor to discuss some doubts he had about one of the class sessions that he had taken.
Unfortunately, Ansuini could not find Gagnon in the University directory and when googling him (yes, like that, in the verb) he found an obituary that indicated that Gagnon had died in March 2019, more than a year before the start of his classes. art history course .
The university program indicated that the professor of the subject was someone else but that Gagnon would give several of the sessions, without indicating that Gagnon was dead. And although it is clear that in most cases, educational institutions are the owners of the intellectual property rights of those courses that are created and taught as part of a specific program, this type of case opens an ethical, moral, and financial discussion. of to what extent and to what extent these institutions can use said material without the teacher being involved and without having to make any kind of disclaimer towards the students kissanime.
Is it important for a student to know that one of his teachers is no longer alive? Should Gagnon’s heirs receive some compensation for the use of his image and his knowledge posthumously within an academic program like that of Concordia University? Would it affect your interest or your ability to learn that your teacher is no longer alive?
These are questions that we will have to face sooner rather than later now that virtual education has come to stay and that it will become the main way of imparting training and education to a large part of the population.
The “wonders” of technology we would say some. But many others will question this type of use especially given the cost of a college education.