On the edge: ICT and the transformation of professional legal education

Paul Maharg

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    Abstract

    Information and communications technology in professional legal education courses is perceived as problematic for teachers and course designers. It is so not because technology is inherently difficult or strange, but because at a deep level it can threaten the practice and identity of teachers. However the contextual challenges of their position, caught between academy and practice, may actually enable professional legal educators to take account of new technologies. The article discusses this proposal, using the example of the incremental development of a discussion forum. It suggests that the tools of pragmatist and transformative meta-theory may point the way forward for professional legal educators to create their own community of practice in the use of ICT in professional legal learning.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalWeb Journal of Current Legal Issues
    Volume3
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2006

    Keywords

    • information and communications technology
    • legal education
    • law
    • online learning

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