[NOTE: Updated on 29 January 2010 to link to Professor Susskind's Times of London article discussing this report.]
Professor Richard Susskind‘s 2009 evaluation of eLearning at The College of Law of England and Wales has been published. This report is of interest to legal informatics researchers, because it is an assessment of current legal eLearning technology by one of the leading authorities on legal technology.
Here is a summary:
“One way of assessing the exploitation of e-learning technology by the College over the past five years is to regard the initiative as progressing through a four stage evolution, as follows:
- “Stage 1 – the presentation of legal content through i-Tutorials;
- Stage 2 – the one-to-one supervision of students via the S-Mode;
- Stage 3 – collaboration amongst students through Web 2.0; and
- Stage 4 – virtual legal practice through simulation techniques.
“In relation to Stage 1, I conclude that the College has developed and delivered an excellent suite of i-Tutorials; as impressive a collection of legal webcasts as I have seen anywhere.
“In relation to Stage 2, my conclusion is that the S-Mode is an innovative, exciting, and important technique for the world of legal education. It is a bold and largely successful initiative that delivers legal learning on a highly personalised basis….
“In relation to Stages 3 and 4, the College has made less progress….”
Professor Susskind also discusses this report in his article in The Times of London, How Electronic Tutorials and Online Supervision Are Changing Law Courses (21 January 2010).