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.

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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