Saturday, 17 May 2014

Are law schools teaching their students the right skills?

Cindy Royal wrote an article on Medium, 'Are journalism schools teaching their students the right skills?' She asked:

How much of your curriculum is dedicated to these issues?


Do you understand the history of computers, the Internet, and web and how they relate to the current state of platforms? (Weaving the Web by Tim Berners-Lee; Hackers: The Heroes of the Technology Revolution by Steven Levy;The Internet: Behind the WebDownload: The True Story of the Internet


Do you understand new business models created by platforms? (The Long Tail: Why the Future of Business is Selling Less of More by Chris Anderson; Free: How Today’s Smartest Businesses Profit by Giving Something for Nothing by Chris Anderson; What Would Google Do? by Jeff Jarvis; The Innovator’s Dilemma by Clayton Christensen; Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy by Lawrence Lessig)


Do you understand the role of the user in a platform environment? (Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Ageby Clay Shirky; Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide by Henry Jenkins)


Do you understand network effects that drive platform dynamics? (The Internet Galaxy: Reflections on the Internet, Business, and Society by Manuel Castells; The Wealth of Networks: How Social Production Transforms Markets and Freedom by Yochai Benkler)


Do you know what technology entrepreneurs think about the news business? (The Future of the News Business: A Monumental Twitter Stream All in One Place)


Are you familiar with each of these sites or mobile apps for distribution of news? (Reddit;MediumVoxFiveThirtyEightBuzzFeed;UpworthyCircaPolicyMicThe Intercept)


Do you know why you should care about and use social media platforms? (Facebook Paper;TwitterGoogle NowYahoo News Digest)



Do you know how to: Make a basic website from scratch using HTML/CSS? Register a domain and get web hosting? Customize a blog platform like WordPress? Do basic video and audio editing? (Find basic introductory handouts.) Or do you have any of the more advanced skills of: JavaScript? Data viz tools, like Google Fusion Tables, Chart.js, or D3.js? A web development language like PHP, Python, or Ruby? Git and GitHub? SQL or MySQL database commands? (Find more advancedhandouts.)


Do you pay attention to technology websites and publications? (Follow them on Twitter:MashableTechCrunchPandoRecode)

So it’s platform or perish. We’ll never be able to fully achieve a digital, technology-based curriculum until we have faculty who are committed to preparing students for the digital, technology-based world into which they are graduating. The sooner we all accept this, the better.

Because we work in tech."

Likewise, I ask: are law schools teaching their students the right skills?


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