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This post rounds up information and links on law MOOCs and MOOCery – thanks to @richards1000 for his help. It’s seems it’s still pretty early days, but we’ll try to keep this page updated with any further information we find – leave a comment or tweet @annindk if you can help, and in particular if you are a MOOCing law teacher or student!
Most of my MOOCs (see posts on theory | practice) have been “CPD for the well educated” or metaMOOCs looking at pedagogical issues, but what about ‘real’ MOOCs, aimed more squarely at replacing conventional highered courses?
On the main MOOC platforms:
- Coursera – includes English Common Law, ran for six weeks from 24 June and is now available as OERs, see review by Degree of Freedom; and Property and Liability: an introduction to law and economics, ran for six weeks from 18 March, see reviews by Degree of Freedom and Rozalia Zeibecki
- edX – HLS1X on copyright ran in early 2013 – instructor William Fisher has made the CopyrightX materials available, and there is also a CopyrightX student site; ER22x on Justice, based on Michael Sandel’s political philosophy course, started in March and caused some controversy; see review by Degree of Freedom
- Canvas – American Counter Terrorism Law, US Criminal Law
- CourseSites (Blackboard) – Legal and ethical governance
- P2PU – Copyright for educators: US | Australia
On other platforms:
- Basics of acquisition agreements – one of LawMeets’ open courses; see article
- Le droit des enterprises – Sorbonne, started in September
- Topics in digital law practice – CALI MOOC, ran in early 2012; materials available
Moving on to papers, presentations etc, the following sessions on MOOCs have been sighted:
- HE Academy Discipline lead Michael Bromby presented on All consuming MOOCs (slides) at ALT 2013
- Catherine Easton (Lancaster) spoke on MOOCs in the BILETA 2013 education stream (Storify); see also her post on MOOCs at Vanderbilt University
- Jenny Hamilton, Patricia McKellar and Pat Lockley (University of London International Programmes) presented a paper on MOOCs at CLEA 2013, also given a run out in the E-learning track at Law via the Internet
- #ALTA2013 included ‘The MOOCs have arrived: but where does the real challenge lie?’ (abstract p36) – see @PleagleTrainer’s summary
Other law teachers may well be participating in MOOCs, and blogging or tweeting about their experiences, but this is difficult to track down – could a #lawmoocs tag help?
Finally, three sites are now aggregating/curating articles about MOOCs – see Alt-Ed | MOOCs and Libraries | MOOC News and Reviews. A search brought up the following, primarily on legal issues relating to MOOCs:
- Are you MOOC-ing yet? A review for academic libraries – including copyright and digital literacy issues; see also the video on the copyright session at the MOOCs and Libraries conference and MOOCs: What’s in it for law librarians?
- MOOCs, distance education and copyright: two wrong questions to ask
- plus Could free online law courses be the wave of the future? – online law school St Francis on MOOCs
- MOOCs and legal education: valuable innovation or looming disaster? – article by Philip G Schrag (Georgetown University, USA)
- Are MOOCs for legal education just a lot of ‘hype’, or is this democratisation of education to be welcomed? (Twitter convo, 17 May)