Lecture versus Discussion. In the comments to “We could hire God this year,” David Salmanson asserts that lecturing is not teaching: For those of you taping a lecture as an example of your teaching, don't bother. Lecturing is reading in a less interactive… [Invisible Adjunct]
Lectures aren't teaching…. I agree. They do foster a certain kind of learning and certain kinds of learners though. They are great ways of demonstrating knowledge and its relationships in ways that allow people to grasp and understand it, but that the student learns it from listening is no different from the student learning it from reading a book. so if reading a book is teaching, then so are lectures, but i don't see either as actively 'teaching' they are just active 'learning' .