Blogging the course – what’s fair?

This one hits disturbingly close to home.

A New York University student has written a scathing report about her current course “Reporting Gen Y” and has included criticisms of the professor. The student said the prof was not up to speed on social media and podcasting and taught the course with an outdated mindset.

It didn’t take long for the student’s report to make its way out into the web.

Ouch!

Mark Glaser at MediaShift has an account of the controversy with some follow-up with the director of the school.

Is it fair for a student to write about a class and its prof and fellow students? Should the writer let everybody know that he or she is doing it or should it be done undercover?

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