To start with, big universities are still offering what I call the broadcast model of learning, where the teacher is the broadcaster and the student is the supposedly willing recipient of the one-way message. It goes like this: “I’m a professor and I have knowledge. Get ready; here it comes. Your goal is to take this data into your short-term memory so you can recall it to me when I test you.”

The definition of a lecture has become the process in which the notes of the teacher go to the notes of the student without going through the brains of either.

Source: Universities must enter the digital age or risk facing irrelevance | Toronto Star

I love the opening paragraphs, showing how irrelevant direct instruction can be, although I believe that the lecture still has a role in education.

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