Tuesday, December 9, 2014

mOOc sunk by lOOse behavior

A first:

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology announced Monday that it has removed the online courses of a prominent physics professor after finding that he had engaged in the online sexual harassment of a female student...

MIT's policies against sexual harassment are specific that they apply to conduct "on or off campus." The honor code of edX also bans "content that defames, harasses or threatens others." The unusual announcement from MIT included statements from its president and provost...

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PS: MIT faculty members seem to be having a hard time this fall:

Jonathan Gruber, MIT professor and so-called architect of Obamacare, is walking back year-old remarks that the health care system overhaul passed only because of a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter.” On MSNBC Tuesday, Gruber told Ronan Farrow that he “spoke inappropriately” when he made the comments, which surfaced this week in an online video. “The comments in the video were made at an academic conference,” Gruber said. “I was speaking off the cuff and I basically spoke inappropriately and I regret having made those comments.”...

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