Law School Pedagogy Post-Pandemic: Harnessing the Benefits of Online Teaching

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 70, No. 2, pp. 252-273, 2021

22 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2020 Last revised: 30 Nov 2022

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Yvonne Dutton

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Margaret Ryznar

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law; affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: October 23, 2020

Abstract

Since COVID-19 required a significant shift to increased online teaching and learning in institutions of higher learning in spring 2020, one narrative has been that students do not like online classes, and online classes are inferior to those delivered live and in person. This Article challenges this broad and overarching criticism of online course delivery. No doubt, some types of students may not learn as well online as they do in the classroom, and some online classes may not be designed to deliver a quality learning experience. Our experience teaching asynchronous online classes in law school, however, demonstrates that there are many benefits to a well-designed online course that can enhance student learning—benefits that can be incorporated into law school pedagogy even after the pandemic is no longer a threat to health and safety of students and faculty. Specifically, in a well-designed asynchronous class, students have opportunities for regular formative assessments; they receive regular teacher and student feedback on their work; and they are required to “speak up” in class through written and oral discussions.

Keywords: online teaching, online law classes, COVID-19, coronavirus, law teaching, law school

Suggested Citation

Dutton, Yvonne and Dutton, Yvonne and Ryznar, Margaret, Law School Pedagogy Post-Pandemic: Harnessing the Benefits of Online Teaching (October 23, 2020). Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 70, No. 2, pp. 252-273, 2021, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3717987 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3717987

Yvonne Dutton

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

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United States

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

Margaret Ryznar (Contact Author)

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law ( email )

530 West New York Street
Indianapolis, IN 46202
United States

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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