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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Using Reddit for Law School seminar?

A question for the Prawfs hive-mind:  Could it work well, for a seminar-style course, to create a (private, I assume) subreddit for class-related links, posts, discussion, etc.?  Or, are there excessive risks of distraction (or worse) from some of Reddit's more . . . colorful content?  Does anyone have any experience with this kind of discussion-mechanism?  (I am, I admit, trying to avoid having to learn how to use TWEN or Sakai for this kind of thing.)

Posted by Rick Garnett on August 21, 2019 at 08:53 AM in Rick Garnett, Teaching Law | Permalink


Unless there was something in the course content that made it desirable to cultivate student use of/participation in Reddit forums, I think Michael Risch's comment is probably on point. I suppose there conceivably *could* come a point when students' use of Reddit to learn and communicate became so ubiquitous as to warrant subreddits for seminars, but we're not there yet (and likely never will be).

And anyway, isn't this what grad assistants are for? ;)

Posted by: Peter Bean | Oct 24, 2019 2:54:14 AM

Doesn't your law school have a platform for this kind of thing -- Blackboard, Brightspace, or Canvas (those are the three biggest purveyors)? There should be a page for each course, and you can set it up for discussions, posts, whatever.

Posted by: Suzanna Sherry | Aug 21, 2019 12:17:38 PM

I mean, it COULD be done, but folks would have to get new Reddit user ids if they don't want their regular ids tied to the class (and thus outed on other subreddits). You also lose stuff like enrollment management, participation counting, etc. that you get with a real LMS system. And, rather than you learning one system, you're requiring all your students who don't use Reddit to learn a new system, which is not a great cost/benefit tradeoff.

Posted by: Michael Risch | Aug 21, 2019 11:31:49 AM

I never learned TWEN, so I do the same thing with blogs for each class. I have never had such problems. Not sure if the Reddit culture adds no concerns.

Posted by: Howard Wasserman | Aug 21, 2019 11:22:18 AM

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