December 9, 2013
Thanks to Duke University and The Noun Project, we now have icons that communicate and explain the innovations in education.
The entire set is available for download and all the symbols have been released into the public domain.
November 18, 2013
Reposted from the Law School Academic Support Blog (with some additions):
- Consider putting your outlines on your Kindle (or iPad) for ease in carrying them with you – especially if you are leaving for the Thanksgiving Break.
- For first-year courses, you might want to consider purchasing the maps at picjur.com: Torts, Contracts, Civil Procedure, and Criminal Law are all available in visual versions.
- If you rather listen to text rather than read it, you might want to consider two options:
- Dictation and Speech for Macs reads text that can be converted with iTunes for your iPhone;
- Outlines Outloud is an app that syncs your computer outlines with your iPhone for listening.
- Check out the website for the Board of Law Examiners in your state to see if they post old exam questions for your state-specific courses; practice questions are sometimes hard to find for state-specific topics, and old bar questions can be a plus. Here is the link for New York: http://www.nybarexam.org/ExamQuestions/ExamQuestions.htm
- Remember to check your own law school’s exam database for past exams in a course; even if they are for a different professor, the exams may provide good practice questions. (Albany Law School has one on TWEN.)
- Use a table to help you easily see the variations of the same rule (common law, restatement, uniform code, majority jurisdiction, minority jurisdiction, etc.) that you have to learn for an exam.
- Check out CALI for review lessons. They have over 900 legal education tutorials.
Any other study tips (especially ones that use technology) that you can recommend?
October 25, 2013
Mary Lynch and Eileen Kaufman
Today’s Topic: Putting the New York State Bar Exam in Context: Reform Initiatives Play a Role in Discussions about how to “Fix” Legal Education
Speaker: Professor Eileen Kaufman of Touro Law School
Kaufman began the talk with a summary of the reform initiatives. Over the past 20 years, the two major concerns have been:
- The Bar Exam measures a narrow range of skills.
- It has a disparate impact on minority applicants.
Several of initiatives also looked at the effect of speededness and the addition of professional competencies. In 2012, there were these recommendations:
- Streamline the exam
- Give credit to completing a certified law school clinic
- Create a trial PSABE
- Study the effect of speededness
- Look closely at the New Hampshire program
In addition to the two major concerns previously mentioned, SALT worries that Bar passage standards are driving a host of decisions in law school such as inhibiting curricular change.
Kaufman admitted that “It is very difficult to change the bar exam” but elaborated on the following current projects:
- a pilot modeled after NH which links to performance based curriculum
- looking at the California initiative (15 credits awarded for experiential learning)
- early administration of the bar exam after 2 years
The workshop concluded with a lively discussion about apprenticeships and the bar exam in countries such as Canada and England.
October 21, 2013
Campus Computing Project’s annual survey of senior technology administrators released recently revealed that as technology continues to grow on college campuses, the ability of faculty members to use and integrate technology is the biggest concern.
October 17, 2013
Below are a few infographics that illustrate different ways that technology is impacting education for both students and teachers:
How are college students using technology?
Source Credit BachelorsDegreeOnline
What about ebooks?
Source Credit Schools.com
Interesting info on technology use:
Source Credit LearnStuff
Each of these infographics have shown how technology will continue to be a large part of learning and teaching.