From The New York Times today, a defense of the value to the humanities of the classic hour-long lecture / following discussion format, augmented by concise hand-written note-taking by students. Of course a lot will depend on one’s ability to deliver the lecture without reading verbatim or killing it with Powerpoint, plus the level of one’s physical dynamism, clarity of diction and strength of voice. And one needs students who know how to take good selective paper notes and sketch mini-diagrams, and who are not either hungover/shivering in the morning or exhausted at the end of the day. So it’s not an option for everyone, nor at all times of the day.