Uses of blogs in legal education

Black, Peter J. (2006) Uses of blogs in legal education. James Cook University Law Review, 13.

Abstract

Over the past decade the use of blogs as a new communication technology has rapidly expanded. Today, individuals, businesses, communities and increasingly by educational institutions use approximately 60 million blogs. This paper looks at the potential use of blogs in legal education. From a pedagogical perspective, the proper use blogs provides numerous educational benefits. While blogs cannot and will not replace face-to-face contact or more traditional forms of content delivery, their use can enrich student learning. However, the use of blogs must be balanced against possible criticisms and potential weaknesses that are also explored in this paper. The pedagogical justification for the use of blogs in legal education, along with student willingness to embrace this new communication technology, is tested by two surveys, one of first year law students and another of Masters students. The theory and practice of blogging indicates that law teachers should consider incorporating this innovative teaching mode into their teaching and learning methodology.

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ID Code: 19421
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1321-1072
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Deposited On: 02 Apr 2009 04:53
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:40

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