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

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Nikos Harris

Peter A. Allard School of Law

Date Written: October 11, 2018

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.

Keywords: technology, laptops, computers, pedagogy, powerpoint, classroom, teaching, lecture, law school

Suggested Citation

Harris, Nikos, The Risks of Technology in the Law Classroom: Why the Next Great Development in Legal Education Might be Going Low-Tech (October 11, 2018). 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. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264944

Nikos Harris (Contact Author)

Peter A. Allard School of Law ( email )

1822 East Mall
Vancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1
Canada

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