In just a few days, a new semester will start, and it seems as good a time as any to recognize that the world of legal education is changing faster than any of us can really keep track of. When I went to law school - not as long ago as you might imagine! - we made notes in class by hand, and were lucky if we had access to one of the few computers available in the law school's shared facilities. Quicklaw was in its infancy; Westlaw didn't even exist. CanLii was a glimmer in someone's imagination...
Today, students have access to a host of supplemental learning aids, and the rich variety of available resources is only going to keep growing. The development of the flipped classroom, amongst other things, has created an incredible variety of podcast and other online material for students to use in helping them to decipher difficult topic areas. I'm pleased to say that I've added to this myself. Just this year, all of the material I developed for my Flipped Classroom in Evidence was placed online. These capsules were created, and make the most sense, when watched within the context of the Flipped Classroom, but frankly, I think they can help anyone learn about Evidence law.
And this is hardly the only resource available. Those of you taking Administrative Law would be wise to bookmark Craig Forcese's Bleaching Law website. He's posted an incredible array of material that explain difficult admin. law concepts in a way that can only supplement and enhance your classroom experience.
Really, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Though it's mostly an American site. Check out Legal Ed Web, a "gathering place" for videos of this type which includes Craig's videos, and soon enough, mine as well. It has an amazing array of material relating to a growing assortment of law courses.
Legal education is no longer confined to what you hear in the classroom and what you can find in the library. It is now very easy to supplement your learning experience and bolster your understanding just about anywhere you have a connection to the internet. I look forward to seeing how this experience will evolve.