Nick Barber: The Legal Academic In the Internet Age

UK Constitutional Law Association

I was contemplating my lectures for the coming academic year and I started to feel annoyed – I think the two were connected.  Lecturing has started to seem a rather odd and inefficient way of communicating information about constitutional law to students.  Though lectures can be fun to deliver, they are also a pain.  For the lecturer, they consume a significant amount of time and energy, raising a sense of déjà vu, as last year’s insights and jokes are dusted off for a new audience.  But things are worse for those who have to listen to the thing: dragged into a lecture that can last for an hour or more, a moment’s lack of concentration can mean important points are missed – and few in the audience will only suffer a moment’s inattention.  It is becoming obvious that the opportunities presented by the Internet will change this over the coming…

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