Why one professor live-streamed lectures for free on social media

Posted on March 6th, 2018

Graham Reynolds, a professor emeritus at Cape Breton University, streamed three of his lectures to the public on Facebook Live. The lectures are from a course he teaches on campus and focuses on the impact of civil rights icon Viola Desmond, a black woman who refused to give up her seat in a segregated Nova Scotia movie theatre in 1946. Reynolds says, “This is a way to deliver courses to a broader audience; people who for whatever reason, can’t access the university but are looking for the kind of content these courses are offering. They can do this in their own homes.” According to Reynolds, the first lecture had around 1,200 views. The videos are now archived on YouTube.