GMIT data breach shows ugly reality behind screen of aspirational inclusivity



In December 2020, during the coronavirus pandemic when lecturers in the HE sector were teaching online two members of academic staff in GMIT made offensive remarks about students who had presented assessed work on Zoom: the lecturers did not know they were not alone in the Zoom classroom or that their conversation was recorded. Excerpts of that conversation, complete with students’ names and details, was subsequently published on social media as video files by one of the students involved. Dr Kealy reflected on how good and bad practice EDI practice simply moves to occupy other spaces and that the price of pausing EDI work during the pandemic was costly.

Period18 Dec 2020

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  • Equality
  • Inclusion
  • Diversity
  • Online Teaching