Recently "the ethicist" commented on whether it's ok for a professor to take videos of his 8:00a lectures offline to get students to come to class. The answer? It's fine if the teacher thinks there is some pedagogical reason for encouraging students to actually be present during lectures. Then the ethicist defends the plausibility of the worth of going to class. But, not posting the videos is wrong if the teacher is doing it for some self-regarding reason.
Now I know sometimes I may act like a prison guard in the Stanford prison experiments, but I do try to get my students to express a certain regard for whatever I’m teaching. Not showing up to class or (even worse) coming late does not express that regard. For the most part it hasn’t been a problem since I’m such an engaging teacher ;). But, I recognize that my efforts to get my kids to come to class largely stem from the fact it makes me feel good when they act like they care. That may well fall into the ‘self-regarding’ category. Fuck!
-- Second Suitor