May 20, 2005
Visual Search Tool
Visual learners may now have a tool to cruise the web, courtesy of Groxis, a San Francisco-based company founded in 2001. (A likely nod to cult-book favorite Stranger in a Strange Land).
Unlike traditional search results that appear in a list of titles and links, the Groxis search delivers the Yahoo search feeds in a visual map.
Will these colorful clusters of information help students who prefer visual maps of information navigate the web with facility? In any case, the colorful maps are certainly a treat for the eyes of this visual learner. (els)
May 18, 2005
Learning To Stimulate Learning
Consider spending two days in Spokane, Washington, learning how to stimulate students to learn, how to "tap creativity to aid visual learning," and how to "get students to think about how they learn," at the Institute for Law School Teaching Summer Conference, July 14-16, 2005, at Gonzaga University.
The Institute, established in 1991, helps "to provide a learning environment that helps students achieve the highest academic standards, and become effective, moral attorneys." (els)
Workshop for New Law Teachers
The AALS is offering two trainings that may be of interest this summer: Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers and Workshop for New Law Teachers. Both conferences are geared to those who have been teaching for less than two years. The conferences will be held on June 23-26, 2005, in Washington D.C.
The Workshop for Beginning Legal Writing Teachers, which will be held from June 25-June 26, "should be of interest ...to all new teachers whose responsibilities include some teaching of legal writing," according to information posted by the AALS.
"The workshop will address the basic tasks of the teacher of legal writing: designing problems, classroom teaching, critiquing written work by students, and conducting effective legal writing conferences with students."
The Workshop for New Law Teachers, June 23-June 25, "is designed to offer new law teachers ideas about teaching techniques and scholarly development and to enable them to share excitement, experiences and concerns about entering the academic world." (els)
May 17, 2005
Book Sale Anyone?
Perhaps I should entitle this the Luddite Corner to capture the jaw dropping that I experienced as I read the following article.
The New York Times is reporting today that college libraries are dumping portions of their print collections in favor of other media, in an article entitled College Libraries Set Aside Books in a Digital Age.
The article contains the following quote from Frances Malory, President of the Association of College and Research Libraries:
"This is a new generation both with a chip...A student sends an e-mail at 2 a.m. and wonders by 8 a.m. why the professor hasn't responded." Should we aim to make our programs more accessible electronically? (els)
May 15, 2005
Law School at Midlife?
The May 16, 2005 issue of Time Magazine carries an interesting cover story entitled, "Midlife Crisis? Bring it on!" The article offers some insights into the ways that the roughly 43 million American women who fall between ages 40 and 63 are reshaping and redefining their lives with upbeat and, at times, seemingly radical changes to their lives. The remarkably enthusiastic article notes that in increasing numbers women are pursuing their passions, including returning to school to pursue a law degree. (els)