This collection of essays presents an authoritative and penetrating comment on the use of the computer in teaching law. The authors have taught and developed instructional materials for many years; they are intimately familiar with the substance of the law, as well as with the teaching techniques that have proven successful. Among the subjects discussed are the development of law-related programmed workbooks, predecessors to computer-aided instruction (CAI); research findings and their implications for the design of law-related CAI exercises; advantages and limitations of CAI programs in law; and attempts to measure the effectiveness of CAI as a method of law instruction. The authors outline the process involved in writing and publishing computer-aided instruction in the field of law and describe current experiments through which several exercises in law are being cooperatively used via a computer network, EDUNET.
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Russell W. Burris is director of the Consulting Group on Instructional Design and professor of educational psychology at the University of Minnesota. Dr. Burris teaches courses on the teaching-learning process in the Law School of the University of Minnesota. Robert E. Keeton is associate dean and Langdell Professor of Law at Harvard Law School; he is the author of computer-aided exercises in torts, trial practice, and insurance law. Carolyn P. Landis is secretary of the corporation of EDUCOM. Before joining EDUCOM, she was a program officer in the New Jersey Department of Higher Education. Roger Park, professor of law at the University of Minnesota, is the author of ten computer exercises in evidence, civil procedure, and professional responsibility.
Issues in the Use of Computer-Aided Instruction in Law -- Why Use a Computer in Teaching and Learning Law? -- How Can the Law Professor Best Use Computer-aided Exercises? -- How Do Computer-aided Exercises in Law Work? -- Creating New Computer-Aided Exercises -- The Authoring Process and Instructional Design -- EDUNET: Sharing Computer-Based Resources for Law Teaching -- The EDUCOM Workshop: A Model -- Network Experience and Experiments -- Review and Summary of Theory and Issues -- Computer-aided Instruction in Law: Theories, Techniques, and Trepidations