Kristen Murray’s E-Semester

Kristen Murray of the Law School at George Washington University has written a note on technology and the classroom, specifically as in the case of the popular first-year legal research and writing (LRW) course, familiar to US law students in particular.

Her paper in a recent issue of the newsletter Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research & Writing, My E-Semester (alternative link), sets out a range of techniques she used last year, including a ‘paperless classroom’ based on PDF (and coursework returned with electronic comments), in-class document editing (complete with the author’s fears about typos on a big screen), the use of video and audio clips, and more. Lots of links to other law journal publications are included.

It’s a useful article, and doesn’t go overboard with new-new-new applications. Though some comments like “all of our classrooms have ‘smart podiums’ and wireless Internet access; a classroom computer with full Microsoft Windows and Office capabilities and Internet access; a VCR, DVD player, and a video camera; and a camera that projects the images from the computer and video equipment onto an in-class screen” (in this part of the world, our larger lecture theatres have some of these, but our smaller rooms rarely do) and “Internet resources fall within the jurisdiction of my teaching assistant” just inspire the green-eyed monster!

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