Thursday, November 15, 2018
"The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom: Why the Next Great Development in Legal Education Might be Going Low-Tech"
This is a new article by Professor Nikos Harris of the Peter A. Allard School of Law in British Columbia in which he argues, as the title suggests, that research on learning science supports a low-tech approach to classroom teaching in law school. I was very pleased to discover that Professor Harris cites my Digital Caveman article several times in support of his premise (thank you!). You can find Professor Harris' article at 51:3 UBC L REV 773 (2018) and on SSRN here. From the abstract;
It is often assumed that technology improves every facet of our lives, including learning in the university classroom. However, there is mounting evidence that traditional lecturing and note-taking techniques may provide the optimal learning environment. Student use of laptops, and professor use of electronic course slides, may actually impair learning in a manner which has particular significance for legal education. This emerging evidence suggests that law professors can make a justifiable decision to bring about a "low tech revolution" in their classrooms. Achieving that revolution is more complicated when it comes to student use of laptops, but there are a number of techniques which can be used to encourage students to consider dusting off a pen and pad of paper.
Hat tip to Professor Sue Liemer.