Portable Learning for the 21st Century Law School: Designing a New Pedagogy for the Modern Global Context
32 Pages Posted: 4 Jan 2009 Last revised: 28 Jan 2014
Date Written: January 2, 2009
In the 20th Century, stationary fixed-location learning was the centerpiece of traditional legal education. The learning of new material occurred in a classroom, stretched in a linear fashion to a library for review and continuation, and returned to the classroom to repeat the cycle. This type of learning was replicated on a regular basis, culminating in a single summative examination of performance. In the 21st Century, however, law students and law practice have changed dramatically. With globalization and advanced technology creating a wide array of new demands, learning has become portable, with Web-based distance learning and educational platforms, pod casts, blogs and interactive, wiki-based outlining. A reconception of legal education incorporating portability has created significant opportunity for refinement and modification of the traditional stationary construction of legal education. It also has yielded many implications, such as what learning should occur in fixed-space classrooms and what should become portable.
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