July 26, 2008
On-line innovations from New York Law School
Professor Michael Perlin of the New York Law School sent along this interesting report on an expanding innovation at his institution:
This fall, New York Law School will be offering four courses from the nine-course array of its online, distance learning curriculum. Courses combine streaming videos, readings, weekly synchronous chat rooms (meaning, class meets at 8:45 on Monday night, say, but you can be home in your pajamas or at a coffee shop, not in Room A 602), asynchronous message boards and two full day live face-to-face seminars (in which skills issues are always emphasized). We've been offering these courses since 2000, and have grown the program this year from six to nine courses (about which we are very excited). Courses to be offered this fall (with chat room times listed) are these:
- Survey of Mental Disability Law (Monday, 8:45-10 pm)
- Sex Offenders (Tuesday, 8:45-10 pm)
- Therapeutic Jurisprudence (Wednesday, 8:45-10 pm)
- Americans with Disabilities Act: Law, Policy and Procedure (Thursday, 8:45-10 pm)
The courses are open to law students and to attorneys (CLE is available), and are also appropriate for mental health professionals, advocates, and activists.
Currently, NYLS has formal partnerships with Southern University Law Center, Gonzaga Law School, Concord Law School, and McGeorge Law School; however, students from other law schools are encouraged to enroll for these courses as well.
For more information, please visit the website www.nyls.edu/mdl (scope notes for each course can be found at this link), or write for details to Liane Bass, Esq., senior administrator of the program (firstname.lastname@example.org). Registration is now open for all courses.
July 21, 2008
Coming to a Textbook Near You, the Big Screen Kindle
Once upon a time I wrote that the e-book development model for legal publishing will not follow along the lines of Kindle because the digital text-study aid functionality law schools students want is not gizmo-dependent and products are or can be expected to integrate their computer-based apps with online research services. On this blog, see also Gene Koo's post, Kindle won't catch fire in law schools, and Mark Osler's Advances in Book-Hauling Technologies.
That may change if the forthcoming big screen Kindle catches on because the sheer market presence of Amazon may prove once again that bad technology will trump consumer needs. Read more about it in Big Screen Kindle Aiming for $5.5 Billion Textbook Market. -- Joe Hodnicki