March 2012: Technology In and Beyond the Classroom

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Technology In and Beyond the Classroom is a one-day conference that will focus on the use of technology to enhance teaching and learning in and out of the classroom. The conference will take place on March 2-3, 2012. Co-sponsors are the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning(Gonzaga and Washburn) and North Carolina Central University School of Law.

When legal educators talk about technology in law school, the discussion often addresses issues such as law students' use of laptop computers in the classroom, the use of Internet-based course management tools (such as TWEN or Blackboard), and the use of technology to display classroom materials (such as PowerPoint presentations and video clips). This conference will take the discussion beyond these traditional topics. Conference presenters and participants will explore how advanced use of technology can:

  • Enhance student learning in the traditional law school classroom,
  • Maximize distance learning opportunities consistent with ABA rules, and
  • Expand the ability of clinical and pro bono programs to deliver legal services.

By the end of the conference, participants will leave with concrete ideas to bring back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

Benefits to Participants

During the conference, participants will

  • Encounter new ideas about selecting and using technology to improve teaching and learning in and out of the classroom;
  • Experience a variety of types of educational technology; and
  • Have opportunities to meet and work with other creative legal educators who want to enhance their effective use of educational technology.

This conference is for anyone interested in technological innovation in legal education, including

  • Faculty: Academic Support; Adjuncts; Clinical; Doctrinal; Practice Skills; Writing.
  • Law school administrators and staff: Clinical program directors; Deans; Directors and Coordinators of Graduate Programs; Externship Directors; Interdisciplinary Center Directors/Coordinators; IT professionals; Pro Bono and Social Justice Directors/Coordinators; Study Abroad Program Coordinators.