“The sound worked and everything,” says stunned student
For the students in ECON 214 on the morning of March 28, 2018, the situation was a familiar one. Professor Seth Delaney had picked out a YouTube video to show the class, and leaned over his laptop to try and get it to project for all to see
“I instinctively grabbed my phone because I assumed it’d be at least 20 or 30 minutes before the video started playing,” said business student Mary Frimahuck. “I couldn’t have ever guessed what would happen next.”
Frimahuck barely had time to open Instagram before the sounds of an animated short explaining the intricacies of purchasing power parity started playing on the projector.
“The entire class was stunned,” Frimahuck recounted. “The video was playing, and the sound was going through the speakers, too, at a reasonable volume. He didn’t need to ask if anyone in the class had a dongle.”
Annoying keener students had already begun walking up to help the professor when the video started without their help, Frimahuck said.
“He’d pre-buffered the video and everything,” fellow student Gregory Simonson said, shaking his head in disbelief. “I thought I was going to have to help him call UVic tech support, or at the very least show him how to plug the audio cable into his laptop. But no — he even knew how to use that black knob to turn the sound down without messing around with his own laptop’s audio.”
Multiple reports from the class also confirm professor Delaney shocked his students further when he successfully cancelled the YouTube autoplay function before the next video could start.
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