Hodejo1 writes: "I guess I could have made a few patent trolls in Texas drool if back in 1996 if I only thought to file a few forms", mused Richard Menta about the Guest Lecture Series, the first university level video courses commercially distributed online. Menta began the project in August of that year. As his team assembled the first set of lecturers one of them, Harvard professor Dr. Eric Mazur, struck him as unique. A physicist, Mazur "found that, as someone seasoned in the content he was teaching, he tended to endow his knowledge in a straight line from A to Z. This meant driving right through, rather than navigating around, the conceptual roadblocks students who are just introduced to the material struggle with." Mazur's epiphany came when he realized that students who grasped the material remained cognizant of these roadblocks and thus had better success helping other students comprehend than he did. His solution was to incorporate this into his teaching by pausing at periodic points through any given lecture and instructing his student to talk over the material they just received with their neighbor. Comprehension soared and this was the topic of his proposed lecture on Peer Instruction. Menta's "Ah Ha" moment came when he realized he could easily incorporate this discovery into the Guest Lecture Series platform. In December of 1996 Peer Instruction became the first video lecture to be streamed commercially online. Built-in was a simple communications platform for all the lectures so students could discuss the lesson online too. The idea stuck and today this is standard stuff on online learning platforms like Moodle.