A professor here at the Law School forwarded this to me recently. He didn’t say anything in his message. He just sent the link. I guess I would have appreciated an attempt at something other than saying “I want an iPad too” but I’ve learned to manage my expectations these days.
There are a few interesting aspects to this post, some more meaningful than others.
- It is tied to BARBRI, the Bar Exam prep program. Programmatic backing is always a critical component to any initiative. If there is no clear purpose, tied into a practical activity in which the end-users are interested, then it’s likely to be dead in the water. So that’s good.
- The main point cited for providing iPads is because students learn and faculty…do scholarship outside of the classroom. Well, they have done that outside of the classroom for quite some time now. On the student side, I can see where a new interface to this content can be meaningful. That is good. But faculty clearly aren’t teaching via the iPad (at least, not likely). They are not likely creating content via the iPad (possible, but if you’ve met law faculty you’d know from where my skepticism comes). And the iPad is not the device for doing scholarship. That’s not so good.
Interesting idea. Poor reasons cited in the article for the effort. Sounds like more hype than content.