A College Is Utilizing a Useless Professor to Train an On-line Class


Past the Grave

Aaron Ansuini, a pupil at Concordia College in Montreal, Canada made a stunning discovery: He discovered that his artwork historical past professor wasn’t alive anymore.

“HI EXCUSE ME,” Ansuini wrote in a tweet, “I simply came upon the the prof for this on-line course I’m taking *died in 2019* and he’s technically nonetheless giving courses since he’s *actually my prof for this course* and I’m studying from lectures recorded earlier than his passing.”

“I imply, I suppose I technically learn texts written by individuals who’ve handed on a regular basis,” he continued, “however it’s the truth that I regarded up his e mail to ship him a query and PULLED UP HIS MEMORIAM INSTEAD that simply THREW ME OFF A LITTLE.”

Open Casket

Concordia College confirmed to Slate that professor François-Marc Gagnon, a lecturer within the college’s artwork historical past division, did certainly cross in 2019, earlier than the COVID-19 pandemic.

His lectures, nevertheless, reside on in Concordia’s on-line course catalog and are used for a devoted on-line course. The category is technically being led by a unique professor and two educating assistants, with Gagnon’s recordings getting used as a “educating device,” in line with Slate.

Musicians’ recordings are ceaselessly launched after they die. Social media information typically outlives its account holders as properly. However the phenomenon is much less widespread in larger training.

The incident additionally sheds gentle on the difficulties of studying on-line throughout COVID — a phenomenon that’s upending all types of social norms.

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