I quite disagree, there is a lot of room for improvement.
Lloyd Reynolds' lectures require heroic work on sound quality. Signal to noise ratio is very low in some episodes, it makes them hard to understand, especially for those to whom English is second language. The minimum effort solution would be closed caption text.
There is also the matter of missing episode.
If I remember correctly Lloyd Reynolds' lectures focus on calligraphic aspects of italic handwriting, some content pertaining to use of cursive italic as day to day handwriting would be nice.
I would like to take part in instructor led e-Learning.
Paid for course, and regular assignments would provide additional motivation. Money would go to compensate instructor and to keep infrastructure running.
Of course there would be the usual problem of mismatch between my Polish income and American course cost, but this is to be expected.
I don't find the sound quality a problem. I think there may be a difference in the quality, depending on whether you are viewing the videos on youtube, iTunes U or the Reed College web site. That said, these videos are from ca. 1978 tapes, many of which were in poor shape when re-discovered just a few years ago. The missing Episode 2 is ... well, missing. I suggest you try accessing each source. You may find one easier to understand. All are free of charge.
The "study materials" that support the videos are currently out of print, although old copies are available through Amazon dot com. Reed College is currently working on re-publishing both Lloyd Reynolds' workbooks and Jaki Svaren's "Written Letters." I'll post something here when those become available. I have no idea about what they will cost.
What would be hard to improve on is Reynolds' charisma, his depth of knowledge of letter forms and his zen-informed sophistication in art instruction. These videos are like many great works of literature; as you become more knowledgable, new layers of insights are revealed, layer after layer.
I do agree that the techniques of distance learning have come a very long way since 1978. I will gladly pass on your suggestions. Thanks for taking the time to share them.
Edited by dms525, 09 September 2016 - 01:09.