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Saturday, December 29, 2012

law & technology: stepping up our game

Good post from Bill Henderson on how we learn or don't learn about law & technology.  Definitely gets my attention, as it should other deans & profs.

Three (at least) dimensions of the matter:

How should we best use technology in educational instruction?

How can technology be mobilized in the service of faculty research and its external impact?

How should we educate our law students about new modalities of technology and technological innovation in the new world of legal practice?

Tall order indeed!  I confess to great uncertainty, from a dean's perspective, about whether these complex matters are best left to a chief technology officer, perhaps combined with the law library's functioning, or should be more widely distributed within faculty and administration.  Happy to be educated on this subject.

Posted by Dan Rodriguez on December 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM in Life of Law Schools | Permalink


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One thing deans (and colleagues) can do is shape the norms among faculty. It is not okay to express disinterest in or disdain towards computer technology. Those who do should be challenged, gently but firmly. Instructional and legal practice technology are too important and pervasive to be someone else's problem.

It's fine to express ignorance, as long as it's coupled with a reasonable interest in learning more. As Bill points out, we all have much to learn. Those who do should be helped and encouraged.

The goal is to have a genuinely self-informing faculty capable of learning and keeping up with developments on their own.

Posted by: James Grimmelmann | Dec 29, 2012 2:47:23 PM

Let me second J. Grimmelmann's point -- not acceptable to express disinterest in or disdain towards computer technology.

No worries if you are not currently where you need to be but folks need to be committed to raising their game ... #newyearsresolution


Posted by: Daniel Martin Katz | Jan 2, 2013 4:57:06 PM

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