TED Talks and the Death of the College Lecture

Lecture_hallFor the last 10-20 years, people have been prophesying the death of the college lecture.  The caricature of the typical college lecture course has become iconic in the college movies of the last 30 years: large, boring, droning, easily skip-able.  To counter this perception, colleges typically market their small class sizes and the discussion basis of their courses. Great Books programs and schools have sprung up all over the place claiming the text as teacher and trying to produce an education simply by reading and discussing.  Such a method, it is argued, is how education was intended…and where it is headed again.  But before we sound its death knell and throw it overboard, I think it is worth saying that the lecture is not dead.  And what proves it: TED talks.  Continue reading