Using the Web to Facilitate Active Learning: A Transpacific Seminar on Globalization and Law
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 53, p. 578, 2003
16 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2009 Last revised: 12 Jan 2018
Date Written: August 20, 2003
This afternoon, a student came to visit me in my office... “What I wanted to talk about,” he says, settling into the chair opposite me, “is the paper that’s due next Thursday, I am not exactly sure what you’re looking for.” ...Throughout his schooling, he has learned that the “right answer” is the one the teacher is “looking for.” It has been a precious insight, almost infallible. In the system of higher education I used to believe in, my perverse task would have been to detach Patrick from this reliable strategy and orient him toward another goal: finding out what he himself thinks. I would have spent the hour’s conference... trying to help him discover that he already has ideas of his own, and that these — not some regurgitation of his class notes — are the answer I’m looking for... As a convert to higher-education reform, I don’t go through all that nonsense anymore. I’ve downloaded a single answer on the website I’ve created for the course. I tell Patrick that all he has to do now is click the “Right Answer” icon, which will lead him to a concise summary of class discussion and lectures on the subject. I point out that if he needs more help he can always buy a term paper from Essay World or one of the other Internet companies that sells such products.
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