Category Archives: Legal Education and Training News

5 Minute Informative Videos

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 128

This article discusses a series of videos that were created at the 2015 AALS Clinical Conference. The videos contain interviews of law professors sharing some of the issues (and solutions) associated with teaching law students. I watched a number of the videos and found them inspirational. As I’ve mentioned before, when I hear about instructors thinking outside the box with the intent to increase the success of the students, I am intrigued. Read more at AALS Video Series on Law Teaching

Start With the End in Mind

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 128

Karin Jacobson has written an article that includes some interesting learning and development statistics. She mentions three negative results that can come from the wrong perceptions towards learning and development. We have all experienced them. Next, Karin has three suggestions related to starting with the end in mind to help change the perceptions. I believe her third suggestion is interesting. Read more at 3 Ways Starting With The End In Mind Makes Your Training Better

Amazon is Getting Into Online Education

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 127

Although this is a quite lengthy article, I encourage you to skim it. Did you know that Udemy’s top 10 instructors made more than $17M? I knew about the one guy who made over $1M selling a course about web development. I was bummed when I heard that Udemy started restricting instructors from charging more than $50 for an eLearning course. We all know they are worth far more than $50. Apparently, some of the most successful instructors at Udemy have left because the respect from Udemy management has gone downhill. Amazon has supposedly approached some of these instructors to offer them a new home with their new service called Amazon Video Direct. It is an interesting article that also mentions Coursea and Khan Academy. Read more at Udemy’s Exodus, Amazon’s Gain

Law Schools Going Online to Reach New Students

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 127

As instructors, professors and teachers, we know this is coming. According to this article, “legal education is confronting the most imminent threat in higher education and law schools are increasingly out of step with shifts in the legal services market.” Michael Horn says “some law schools are moving away from relying solely on classic settings and instead are blending classroom learning with online instruction.” The William Mitchell College of Law began offering a hybrid law degree in January 2015. Mitchell Hamline School of Law, Washington University School of Law and Syracuse University College of Law, all offer hybrid programs. Harvard Law School offers an online class on copyright law. Deborah Merritt, a professor at the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law states “sticking to the traditional hampers innovation.” As I’ve said before, I look forward to seeing how law schools change over the next five years. Read more at Law Schools Are Going Online to Reach New Students

Appreciation of Significant People in Your Life

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 125

This article is off-topic to training (sort of). I say sort of, because one-third of the attendees were my former students. This is my first time sharing one of my own articles. Since this is my last week as the editor of this newsletter, I want to give the gift of appreciation to all of you. I hope the article resonates with you and that it motivates you to take action now. Don’t wait. Read more at Appreciation of Significant People in My Life

edX Quality Education for Everyone, Everywhere

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 125

This article caught my attention because of the sheer volume of students who enrolled in Microsoft courses on the edX MOOC platform. edX was founded by Harvard University and MIT in 2012. It offers courses from the world’s best universities and institutions. Microsoft was their first corporate member to offer courses. The edX platform is open-source and “educators and technologists can build learning tools and contribute new features.” I think it is amazing that so much education is helping people learn, who might not have been able to afford the training elsewhere. On the edX blog, I saw an article about a 59 year old lawyer in Vancouver who has earned 100 edX certificates, which he says, “helped him not only develop professionally as a lawyer, but also fulfilled his desire for lifelong learning.” One statistic I would be interested in, is how many of the 1M students are completing the Microsoft courses. Read more at Microsoft Surpasses 1 Million Course Enrollments on edX Platform

Improve eLearning Design Workflow

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 123

I really enjoy Karla Kutierrez’s articles. She writes about fascinating topics that resonate with me. In this article, she talks about applying the Pyramid Method, usually referenced with “product design”, to designing an eLearning course instead. I love that she talks about the “vibe” of the course. Very cool perspective. Read more at Improve Your eLearning Design Workflow with the Pyramid Method

Lessons Learned From Designing an Open Online Course

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 123

This is a cool article, or post-mortem, about a group of graduate students who were “challenged to design, develop, facilitate and evaluate an open online course for educators.” Specifically the article discusses the application of three UDL principles. The author states “the participants consistently praised the “student-centeredness” of the open online course.” One participant commented “This course was so much better than any other MOOC I’ve participated in.” Very exciting stuff. Read more at Lessons Learned From Building An Open Online Course

Critique of Zendesk Onboarding

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 121

I have mentioned Samuel Hulick before. I read his book cover to cover in one weekend. In addition to his book, Samuel creates “teardowns” and publishes them on his site. He just released a new one about Zendesk’s user onboarding. I know it doesn’t relate directly to training, but for me, reviewing the teardowns reminds me of what NOT to do in designing my eLearning courses. Read more at How Zendesk Onboards New Users

What Are Personal Learning Networks?

Education and Training Daily

Vol. 16, No. 121

This article resonates with me. I am a firm believer of surrounding yourself with a good network. The author defines a Personal Learning Network as “a network of trusted connections with whom an individual interacts (and learns from) on a regular basis.” The author goes on to say a PLN serves three purposes: Connection Building, Connection Maintenance and Connection Activation. Then there is the CoPs and PLE. Lots of acronyms, but still an interesting read. Read more at What are Personal Learning Networks?

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