To Record, or not to Record




During the Fall 2021 semester, there was a misuse of lecture recordings and some AUBG students made fun of their professors. The Spring 2022 semester started with a controversy between AUBG students and professors on whether there should be recordings of the lectures or not. Some professors refused to record their classes so that students do not use recordings for mean, offensive, or funny purposes.

 

Last semester an AUBG student used recordings to make fun of Diego Lucci, a professor of Philosophy and History at AUBG. They edited the recording of the lecture out of context and posted it on social media.

Diego Lucci, a professor of Philosophy and History at AUBG. Photo derived from www.aubg.edu.

“To be honest, I did not have problems with the students in my course last semester. Overall, they were nice, and I did not expect that they would make fun of me,” Lucci said.

 

After this case, some of the AUBG professors refused to record their lectures so that they are not exposed in an inappropriate way.

 

“I have seen many cases of students insulting professors on Facebook. But I think we should show them that this is not acceptable,” Lucci said.

 

According to him, this is a problem that appeared in the last two, three years during the pandemic crisis, and “students in 2010 would not have bumped into such issues.”

Zoom app. Photo derived from www.zoom.us.

Some of the students used the recordings in an inappropriate way, they now face the possibility of not having them at all.

 

The dilemma of whether to record or not quickly came to the public eye and in a survey conducted by AUBG Daily, in which 15 students participated anonumously: 30 percent of the participants indicated that two out of five of their professors refused to record the lectures. For 20 percent of the students, it was four out of five professors. Another 18 percent indicated this trend for two out of four of their professors. 

 

“I think the recordings should stay as long as we have a hybrid education because they are useful to students. They are useful to those who want to seriously prepare for the exams, and who are interested in the courses,” Lucci said.

Recording button in Zoom. Photo derived from www.monash.edu.

One of the anonymous participants in the survey said, “since we are in hybrid education, which is worse than on-ground, we need to have benefits like recordings.”

 

Some AUBG students also emphasized the fact that recordings are necessary for “studying the material better”. 90 percent of the participants in the survey indicated they use the recordings when they need to go back and revise. Some of them claim this helps them “revise multiple times” and “take better notes”.

 

“As far as I know, students love to have recordings because they can watch them after the class,” Lucci said.

 

Some students point out “connectivity issues” as a reason why they need the recordings. They allow them to go back to the lecture after it is over and fill in the gaps missed because of weak Wi-Fi connection or other technical problems.

 

Students would require that recordings continue to be taken as they are an advantage of the hybrid education that they are all forced to experience. According to some of them, it is a good idea to punish the guilty for the misuse, but to let the recordings remain.

 

Lucci even said, “I will find it unfair for other students to abolish the recordings just because one person misused them.”

 

The job of a professor nowadays has become more difficult because of both interpersonal and person-machine relationships.

 

“I do not think there is evil in them (the students), they just wanted to make fun, to make a parody. But I’ve forgiven this student and hope they learned their lesson because, in my opinion, their intention was not evil,” Lucci said and emphasized that professors “should tell students how to use recordings properly.” He added, “We should show them how to behave towards their fellows and professors.”

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