The Social Web and Higher Education

Audience: Low
Technical Level: All

Recently the web has shifted closer to Tim Berners-Lees vision of a collaborative web developed through community. Myspace, Blogger, Flickr, Technorati, and Wikipedia are applications that gain value through community interaction. Yet, for the most part, web sites of higher education have remained fixed, static repositories without much community interaction.

The panel will argue that embracing the social web is important for institutions of higher learning that desire to enrich collaborative learning environments. Our panel will review what is known about the online habits of the next generation of law students; what characteristics of new social web applications are "hot"; and specific ways in which these characteristics can be integrated into legal education. We anticipate lots of time for discussion and examples from the audience.

Nicholas Drury
Web Services Manager
Duke University School of Law

Scott Lenger
Web Editor
Duke University School of Law

PDF’s of our presentation slides will be available here early next week.

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