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Subject: Back to School

Forum: Back to School
Hi guys, Omar here!

Are you looking forwards to heading back to school, or not? What are some things you are dreading, and what are some things you'll enjoy?

School starts in less than a week for me, and it's the last thing I'm looking forwards to right now. I barely had a "break" during the Christmas / New Years break because of all the construction going on in the house right now. I don't have textbooks yet, and I'm not ready to start waking up at 6:30 on Monday morning. Also, I hate the parking situation at my school. I could save around 15 minutes everyday if it wasn't for the awful parking.

However, there are a few things I am looking forwards to. When school starts up again, I'll be able to go rock climbing every Thursday again. I'll be able to hang out more with school friends, and I'll be able to eat the caff food. People always complain about the cafeteria food, but in my opinion it's not even that bad.

Good luck going back to school!

↢ Night Owl Omar ↣

Subject: Re: Should You be Allowed to Record Your Professors?

Forum: Should You be Allowed to Record Your Professors?
Happy -almost- New Year!

Recording profs these days is easier than ever, thanks to rapidly advancing technology. Technology is a tool that can be used for good or bad, but is usually used for good. Therefore the cameras and mics in our phones are overall a benefit to the world, but they can be abused as well as used.

In a perfect world, nobody would abuse the ability to record profs. The only reason to record a lecture would be for your learning, or to help someone inn the class who couldn't make it (ex. for an emergency). But, as we all know, we don't live in a perfect world. So the question becomes, "Do the benefits outweigh the costs"?

I think, overall, recording lectures is beneficial. Recording lectures lets students learn better, which is the entire purpose of schools in the first place. When a student records a lecture, it's not as if they instantly get better grades. They still have to go back, and listen to the lecture again, and study. So, it encourages more studying. Also, when most of the class is caught up, and knows what's going on, the whole class goes by much smoother, than when almost everyone has no idea what the prof is teaching about.

The negatives are ugly, but I think students will use the privilege of recording for more good than harm. Yes, students can share the recordings with others not in the class. Yes, students can nit-pick without context and paint a false picture. And yes, students can even abuse this privilege in ways we have yet to think of. However, the benefits of: improved education, attention to bias, and awareness for inappropriate behavior are more important, and will be used more.

If you can find a way to make recording allowed, but not, that'd be perfect. But in real life, it'd be impossible. The policy could still be in place, but the enforcement would be very difficult.

↢ Night Owl Omar ↣