Is the traditional lecture outmoded?

Active Lecture Video

This video (length 2:40, no audio) incorporates my reflections on the theories of Eric Mazur, BF Skinner and xMOOC designers and some of the recent commentary in the press suggesting that traditional lectures are outmoded.

I don’t think we should be too quick to change, but rather consider the benefits and drawbacks of each method of teaching/learning and then use the most appropriate method for the context.

The video was made using a three different tools –, Powerpoint and

It is also available at

Comments very welcome. Is it too ‘Janet and John’? It looked very different in my head.


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