The 2020 video conferencing curse struck again after two Irish lecturers forgot to turn off their cameras while despising students who had just given virtual presentations.
“I thought I should get my pierced and start piercing my teeth, it was so painful, to listen to it,” said one of the tutors from the Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in western India. Ireland.
His colleague had his own scathing verdict on the students. “I couldn’t take much more anyway, I was exhausted.
The unnamed professors apparently believed that this was a private discussion and that the connection with the students was over. In fact, some were still watching and at least one recorded the exchange.
It was posted on social media, sparking widespread criticism of faculty and remorse from college president Orla Flynn. “I want to wholeheartedly apologize to our students for the data breach which has caused so much suffering and dismay,” she said in a statement. “GMIT is known as a student-centered institute and some of the feedback from our staff does not reflect the values we aspire to.”
The incident reportedly happened last week after business students completed online presentations. Professors showed disdain when discussing student work and assigning marks. “He’s sick, this boy… I finally said I had to do something, and he still hasn’t stopped,” one said.
Her colleague said that one student “wasn’t too bad”, unlike one particular classmate who made her want to pierce her teeth.
We wondered if another student had “something wrong with her,” an apparent reference to a disability. “Funny, I thought so,” replied the other. “I was saying that before I made a decision on voice and body language, she spoke so slowly… I thought I’d better check Access to see if she was on the list somewhere for something.
The students described the exchange as shocking and insulting.
Failure to turn off computer cameras or mute the sound has surprised others since the Covid-19 pandemic made video meetings a way of life.
A director has been caught criticizing the apartment from an auditioning actor’s shoebox. The New Yorker fired Jeffrey Toobin after the legal affairs commentator allegedly masturbated on a Zoom work call. Luke “Ming” Flanagan, an Irish MP, entered into a parliamentary discussion not knowing that everyone could see he had no pants on.