Question of the Week

Do you think online courses are effective?

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Technology has altered the legal profession, and legal education is no exception.

The ABA offers CLE webinars and online courses. ABA-accredited law schools may offer one-third of JD credits through distance education.

Scholars across disciplines are wary of the potential for online “diploma mills” to degrade educational standards. But distance learning proponents say online courses can be effective when structured and taught correctly, like any in-person lecture.

This week, we’d like to ask: Do you think online courses are effective? What are the benefits and drawbacks? Have you ever taken a law school class online?

Answer in the comments and on social media. You can answer via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Read the answers to last week’s question: How do you prepare for days away from the office to stay productive?

Featured answer:

Posted by DT: “Since I’m in house, meetings (including impromptu) are an important part of my job, but they are a time sink—and they mostly drop off when I’m not in the office. So as far as actual work—contract redlines, presentation preparation, email response, and other paperwork … I get AT LEAST twice as much done when I work from home. Interspersed with five-minute breaks (set a timer) to get up and move (read: dishes, laundry, mail, etc.) and I end every WFH day having accomplished more at home AND at work than I do on almost any given work day in the office.”

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