The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom: Why the Next Great Development in Legal Education Might be Going Low-Tech
Nikos Harris "The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom: Why the Next Great Development In Legal Education Might Be Going Low-Tech" (2018) 51:3 UBC L REV 773
27 Pages Posted: 3 Nov 2018
Date Written: October 11, 2018
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.
Keywords: technology, laptops, computers, pedagogy, powerpoint, classroom, teaching, lecture, law school
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