Online Learning (E-Learning) is Coming – Also to Law
“Online learning has entered the mainstream of American higher education. “
Yet, U.S. News writes in “Learning in Legal Limbo” that the American Bar Association has yet to embrace the concept of e-learning in spite of the appearance of online law schools, such as Concord. Is the ABA bucking a coming online learning trend? Of course they are.
As written at CNN, “Online schools clicking with students“. Indeed, we already have an online law school as well.
Concord – An Online Law School
For actual school experience, see Confessions of an Early Internet Educator by Jack R. Goetz, President and Dean, Concord Law School, which summarizes six years of experience with an online law school.
Based on Goetz’s experiences, there can be no other conclusion except that it is only a matter of time until learning through video lectures and by other online methods will become more widely used in law school education.
Past Problems with E-Learning
There are of course also pitfalls ahead, however, and not all university e-learning systems have been successfully organized or implemented, as reported in the Economist, which writes, inter alia:
“University professors head the list of the skeptical and contemptuous. In some cases this is a defensive posture. Adding an online component to a regular course could mean more work without an accompanying pay rise. A deeper fear is that their positions will be eliminated altogether.”
It is always remarkable to find that academics are often progressive as far as the rest of society is concerned but are defensive arch-conservatives when their own academic fields or professional skins are involved.
In fact, due in part to resistance by academia, e-learning has not advanced nearly as fast as originally thought. See e.g. What Keeps Universities from Embracing e-Learning?
See also the study by Robert Zemsky & William F. Massy, “Thwarted Innovation: What Happened to E-learning and Why“.
E-Learning is Coming, Slowly but Surely
Online learning is also at the inception of “transforming” the US military.
E-Learning for professionals in law-related business matters is also increasing, e.g.
See also on the topic of e-learning at universities (as well as the related distance education):
e.g. Stanford University, which offers 218 such courses, whereas the comparable Eastern schools, such as Harvard and Yale lag far behind on this score.