Thanks. I've added the article you sent -
"Don't Give Up on the Lecture: Teachers who stand in front of their classes and deliver instruction are not "out-of-touch experts"—they're role models" ... http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2013/11/dont-give-up-on-the-lecture/281624/ -
to the 'Conference Method of Teaching and Learning' wiki, subject page at WUaS - http://worlduniversity.wikia.com/wiki/Conference_Method_of_Teaching_and_Learning. In Reed College's Hum 110, a kind of model for even teaching the conference method for all four years' courses at Reed (and at WUaS as an upcoming, required, first year course), all-student lectures occurred on MWF at 9 am for a full year, as we may recall, and then we talked about them around the conference table in sections with Reed College Professors focusing the conversation.
I'd like to invite Stanford Philosophy graduate students to be the first, online, WUaS, Hum 101 instructors, perhaps facilitated by Zen Culver, a philosopher and post doc instructor at Stanford, if he were available, and after we become further financially operational.
The other, required, first year course, in science with a programming aspect, for next years' planned, matriculating, WUaS, online, undergraduate class will also seek to engage (and teach) the conference method with lecture and conference sections with a MIT OCW biology course - something like ... http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/biology/7-012-introduction-to-biology-fall-2004/ - partly taught in video lectures by Eric Lander (a full Professor at both MIT and Harvard). See also Eric Lander's video lectures here ... http://videolectures.net/eric_lander/ - and MIT Professor Gilbert Strang's video lectures here - http://www-math.mit.edu/~gs/ - and here - http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-06-linear-algebra-spring-2010/video-lectures/.
The Internet facilitates lectures and such knowledge sharing, as well as the conference method, in new ways, in Google + group video Hangouts and virtual worlds, for example.
Thanks for this article,