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November 11, 2006

guest blogging: The Berkman Center's study of legal ed and technology

Hello LSI readers, and thanks to Prof. Berman and the regular bloggers here for letting me stick in a word or two about my research. My name is Gene Koo, and I am a Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society as well as the Director of Online Education for Legal Aid University. The Berkman Center is currently studying the impact of technology of technology on legal education and training, which I might summarize as roughly falling into three general areas:

  1. How technology is changing practice (what we need to know)
  2. How technology is giving us new teaching capabilities (how we teach)
  3. How technology is changing the very way we think (how we learn)

I'll be writing up our findings in a whitepaper due out in December. There is clearly a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time, so we are expecting that the whitepaper will point us towards the most interesting or exciting areas under development so we can focus our research and work more narrowly. But for now, we are still in "grazing" mode.

I will be posting and soliciting feedback on findings on my blog and also here as well. I look forward to having some great conversations with all of you, and am honored to have the chance to blog together.

- Gene Koo

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this is a great idea for a project and I will be watching it very carefully!

Posted by: Frank | Nov 14, 2006 5:22:56 PM

I would be interested in seeing you address the lack of information literacy among law students. Law (unlike nearly 30 other disciplines) has not developed information literacy competencies that would (if implemented) help improve students abilities to evaluate and use information to accomplish a purpose. It seems that the ability to use information to accomplish a purpose is directly in line with the focus of your study.

In my experience there is a huge gap between students technical abilities and what is being used in practice. I teach a session called "PowerPoint in the Courtroom." Over the past several years I have noticed that students are more and more familiar with the basics of powerpoint but they certainly are not involved with any of the cutting edge stuff that is being used around the country in state and federal court. Another problem is that Lexis and Westlaw won't give academics access to their knowledge management products at use in the firms. If students are expected to use this stuff we should be able to train them on it.

I have written about the lack of legal information literacy competencies in Law Library Journal and recently gave a presentation on the failure of law as an academic discipline to establish competencies for information literacy. Here is a link to the article and I can send you the PPT slides from the presentation

I look forward to your whitepaper.

Lee Peoples
Associate Director
Oklahoma City University School of Law Library

Posted by: Lee Peoples | Nov 15, 2006 10:03:38 AM

Very Impressive... Thank You


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