Opening Keynote: Rip, Mix, Learn

Audience: All
Technical Level: Low

What is Rip, Mix, Learn?

It’s a metaphor for the way the digital and real world is evolving and how we use it. It’s having the web your way, and sometimes that’s the fastest of fast information food. All of the traditional information flows from main-stream media, institutional authorities, government, scholarship are affected by the RML notion that the static web of the early 90’s and the one-way web of the early 00’s is now the read/write web and the conversation-web of the present. This has particularly interesting ramifications for education.

I will explore some of these ramifications with specific examples from recent insights in podcasting, electronic journals, blogging and electronic course materials and relate them to directions that I believe legal education is heading.

John Mayer
Executive Director

This presentation is over and I hope that it wasn’t too dense or confusing. I really had to work to get it down to under 50 minnutes. The presentation was recorded and we will post the video here soon. In the meantime, here is a link to the Powerpoints – JohnMayerThursdayPlenaryFINAL.ppt

MP3 of the plenary: calicon06PlenaryMayer01.mp3

Video (WMV format): calicon06PlenaryMayer.wmv

Feel free to comment on the presentation in this blog post.

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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