Online Teaching & Blogging

January 11, 2010

In addition to teaching Albany Law School’s first online course, Patty Salkin will be blogging about her experience.

lst Post: Getting Ready for On-Line Teaching

2nd Post: Organizing Technology to Teach On-Line

3rd Post:  Setting Goals and Evaluation for an On-Line Course

4th Post:   Course Design – Technology Meets Substance in On-Line Curriculum Development

5th Post:  On-Line Discussion Boards Create a New Arena for Engaged Learning Environments

6th Post:  Integrating Internet-Based and Teleconferencing Resources into On-Line Teaching


Click HERE to read an article by Prof. Salkin about this course from the Spring 2010 Professional Responsibility Newsletter.

Who Likes What?

October 2, 2015

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Recently, Campus Technology polled hundreds of education professionals to ask them which products they think are truly the best.

So here’s what they said (in Campus Technology’s first-ever higher education “gear of the year” guide):

Learning Management and E-learning

  1. Blackboard Learn
  2. Moodle
  3. Instructure Canvas

(Law schools would probably have chosen Westlaw TWEN.)


  1. Blackboard Learn
  2. Moodle
  3. Chalk & Wire Learning Assessment

Other Instructional Tools

  1. Grammarly (grammar check that builds in plagiarism detection)
  2. Esri ArcGIS Online (mashes maps, apps & data to help with decision-making)
  3. DreamBox Learning Math and (k-12 remediation)

Student Information Systems & Data Management

  1. Ellucian
  2. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
  3. Blackbaud Student Information System

Enterprise Resource Planning

  1. Ellucian
  2. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions
  3. Campus Management

Constituent Relationship Management

  1. Ellucian
  2. Salesforce
  3. Oracle PeopleSoft Campus Solutions

Student Success/Retention

  1. Ellucian
  2. Hobsons’ Starfish
  3. Campus Labs

Student Response Systems

  1. i>clicker
  2. Turning Technologies
  3. Poll Everywhere

Lecture Capture

  1. Adobe Presenter and Echo360 (tie)
  2. Sonic Foundry Mediasite and Panopto (tie)

Document Cameras

  1. Elmo USA Visual Presenter and Epson DC series (tie)
  2. Smart Document Camera


  1. Epson
  2. Sony
  3. Canon and InFocus (tie)

Interactive Whiteboards

  1. Smart Technologies
  2. Epson
  3. Sharp

Video/Web Conferencing

  1. Polycom
  2. Microsoft Skype for Business (Lync)
  3. Cisco TelePresence

Virtual Classroom & Meeting

  1. Citrix GoToMeeting
  2. Blackboard Collaborate and Google Hangouts (tie)

Classroom Audio Distribution/sound enhancement

  1.  Smart Audio
  2. Lightspeed and Califone (tie)


  1. Automatic Sync Technologies (AST) CaptionSync
  2. Telestream and 3Play Media (tie)

Office/Productivity Suites

  1. Microsoft Office/Office 365
  2. Google Apps
  3. Adobe Creative Cloud

Classroom Presentation

  1. Microsoft PowerPoint
  2. Prezi
  3. Apple Keynote

Multimedia Authoring Suites/Creative Software

  1. Adobe Creative Cloud
  2. Apple Creativity Apps

E-Learning Authoring

  1. TechSmith Camtasia
  2. Adobe Creative Cloud
  3.  SmartBuilder

Media Tablets

  1. Apple iPad
  2.  Samsung Galaxy Tab
  3. Google Nexus, Dell Venue and Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga (tie)


  1. Google
  2. Samsung
  3. Lenovo and Dell (tie)

Windows Tablet

  1. Microsoft Surface and Surface Pro
  2. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  3. Dell Venue and Samsung (tie)

Convertible & 2-in-1 Notebooks

  1. Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga
  2. Dell Venue/Inspiron
  3. HP EliteBook Revolve and Spectre


  1. Apple
  2. Dell
  3. HP

Virtual Desktops & Thin Clients

  1. Citrix XenDesktop
  2. HP Thin Client solutions
  3. Dell Wyse

Wireless Access Points & Hotspots

  1. Cisco
  2. Netgear
  3. Aruba Networks

3D Printers

Stratasys MakerBot

Emergency Notifications

  1. Blackboard Connect and AlertNow
  2. Message Logix Campus Alerts
  3. Rave Mobile Safety

Any agreements or disagreements based on what you use at your law school?

(I have BOLDED those that we use here.)

What I learned from #CALICon15

June 29, 2015

cali logo 2015

I haven’t attended a CALI conference since Milwaukee in 2011 so I was excited to be able to attend.

There are a lot new things out there in the technology world and in law schools.

Below is just a random list:

  • Macs are everywhere.  Every presentation that I attended was done with a Mac.  Things have changed.
  • Connecting your laptop wirelessly to a HDMI projector is not just need Apple TV for $69 and PC air parrot for $6
  • This is a cool video – (Watch it!)
  • Panopto is used by many schools for lecture capture, annotation, live streaming and much more.  It now connects directly to a TWEN course site.
  • Spiceworks is a free helpdesk ticketing system
  • Oyez offers 7000 hours of supreme court audio clips (all sessions since 1955) with transcripts – Slides
  • 5 cool FREE tools to turn legal education into legal educa-FUN (Try them!)
    1. Kahoot – create multiple choice quizzes (questions & answers on the screen)
    1. Class Responder – create multiple choice quizzes (more elementary look)
    1. Zaption – create multiple choice or open-ended questions, add pop up questions to a video
    1. EDPuzzle – video enhancement tool, add voice over or replace original speaker
    1. Socrative – create multiple choice quizzes
  • Box – unlimited storage solution for students and/or faculty (SSO capability)
  • Plickers – free clickers- use app and laminated cards (for classes of 63 or less)
  • First Hybrid JD program (half online, half on campus) William Mitchell Law School in MN successfully completed one full semester
  • ABA Tech Show – good resource for freebies
  • Legal Practice Tech Course at UNC Law – syllabus
  • Clio –  cloud-based law practice management software
  • Google Scholar and the new research paradigm (handout)
  • Standard 314  – Formative assessment – use technology
  • Poll Everywhere – survey tool via smartphone or browser – free on polls for 40 students or less (integrates into powerpoint)
  • BigBlueButton–  open source version of Adobe Connect
  • VidyoWay – free video-conferencing

I loved the conference and enjoyed the opportunity to learn about the trials and tribulations of technology in law school with others who share the same interests.

Next year, the CALI conference will be back on the east coast at Georgia State Law. I hope to attend again.

Meme-alicious Law Teaching

May 22, 2015

Originally posted on S|M| i |L|E:

Screen Shot 2015-05-15 at 2.03.12 pmWhile many frequent visitors to social media sites will be aware of (elaborate air quotes) memes, I suspect that their value as a teaching tool has not been recognised. This changed for me late in 2014, thanks to a student of mine whose use of memes in a journal assessment task illustrated very clearly the process of her learning. Let me elaborate.

Meet Paige Webb (metaphorically speaking) now a third year law student. I taught Paige last year in Land Law (1 and 2). I was teaching in block mode – each subject consisted of a six-week block – and to keep students on track, I set a 20% preparation and participation assessment. Students would be graded based on weekly contribution in class, but also on a weekly learning journal. In the journal students would identify how they went about their learning in that week, issues they had and…

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Four Tips for How to Flip a Classroom, Prof Emmy Reeves

March 23, 2015

Four Tips for How to Flip a Classroom, Prof Emmy Reeves.

Live from LegalED’s Igniting Law Teaching Conference — Assessment

March 23, 2015

Live from LegalED’s Igniting Law Teaching Conference — Assessment.

Check Out This Blog

January 30, 2015

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I just discovered this blog through a pingback to my blog:


S|M| i |L|E  ( has been around since last summer.

According to their blog:

S|M| i |L|E (Social Media in Legal Education) is a new collaborative project involving Australian legal academics. The project emerged out of discussions between four academics attending the Australasian Law Teachers Association annual conference at Bond University (Gold Coast, Queensland) during July 2014.

The blog offers a wealth of information.

Under the “Libraries” tab, you will find useful articles categorized under: For Academics, In the Media, For Students, For Practioners, Social Media and Legal Issues.

So far, there have been posts about Flipping the Classroom, Twitter, Open Access, Online Discussions, LinkedIn, Tumbler, Pontoon, Storify, Pinterest as used in legal education.

If you interested in using social media in law school teaching, you should add this one to your Blog reader.



Ravel and Casetext – A New Generation of Legal Research Tools

January 29, 2015

Katrina June Lee , Susan Azyndar , and Ingrid Mattson have published A New Era: Integrating Today’s ‘Next Gen’ Research Tools Ravel and Casetext in the Law School Classroom, forthcoming in Rutgers University Computer & Technology Law Journal .

Here’s the abstract:

The legal research landscape is changing…again. In recent years, law school professors introduced Google, WestlawNext, and LexisAdvance into their classrooms. Now, a new generation of legal research tools that include the innovative Ravel and Casetext will have law school professors grappling with the questions: Should law professors teach these next gen research tools as part of the skills curriculum? If so, how? In this article, the authors respond with a resounding “Yes” and propose a set of teaching ideas for doing so without sacrificing precious class time. They conclude that Ravel and Casetext pose an intriguing and exciting possibility for achieving the pedagogical goals of legal skills classrooms. In Spring 2014, the authors implemented a teaching and assessment classroom pilot module in the legal writing classroom using Ravel and Casetext, and this article builds from the lessons of that pilot. The authors contend that integrating these legal research innovations in the law school classroom advances significant pedagogical goals: teaching law students information literacy (e.g., research strategy, context, and source evaluation); teaching metacognitive skills; preparing students for law practice; and exploring professionalism and ethics issues. This article provides an overview of the pedagogical goals of teaching legal research skills, describes the newest “next gen” tools Ravel and Casetext, and discusses how teaching these tools furthers the pedagogical goals. Finally, the article describes in detail the pilot module used in one of the authors’ first-year legal writing classroom and suggests many possibilities for the integration of the newest “next gen” research tools in the legal skills classroom.

What is Casetext?

From their website –

By leveraging contributions from an active community of law professors and attorneys, Casetext is able to provide the public with free access to legal research, linked to an online legal community designed to connect you with colleagues in your field.

Want to learn more? Take a video tour of the site, read about our tools for sharing and discovery, or learn about searching on Casetext.

What is Ravel?

From their website –

Ravel Law is a new legal search, analytics, and visualization platform. Ravel enables lawyers to find, contextualize, and interpret information that turns legal data into legal insights. Ravel’s array of powerful tools – which include data-driven, interactive visualizations and analytics – transforms how lawyers understand the law and prepare for litigation. In today’s global and increasingly digital world, Ravel empowers attorneys to benefit from this huge influx of information and find value in it.

In 2012, Ravel spun out of Stanford University’s Law School, Computer Science Department, and, with the support of CodeX (Stanford’s Center for Legal Informatics).

We’re based in San Francisco, California.

Are any law schools out there teaching these or other new legal research tools?


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