This is brilliant. Jem Bloomfield reflects on all the ways in which a lecturer does respond to students, and does so infinitely better than a recorded lecture could. I wish I’d written this. I’ve thought many of these things, but piecemeal, not all at once, or in passing, not with full attention to the implications of what I was saying/thinking.
Spread it around, blog-peeps, and use it to defend the lecture—the live and in-person lecture—as one among many useful tools in the teacher’s kit, one among many reasons to go to a bricks-and-mortar college, one among many ways in which experienced faculty are worth our salt.