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Evaluation of ITL Commissioned by The Law Faculty, University of Tromsø [unofficial translation from Norwegian]

1. Introduction

2. Research

3. Teaching Material

4. Development of an information System

5. Conclusion





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Evaluation of ITL Commissioned by The Law Faculty, University of Tromsø [unofficial translation from Norwegian]

3. Teaching Material

There is work being carried out at a number of places to develop methods for computer based teaching and teaching materials, also within law. I am aware that this has come a long way in USA and Great Britain. They have established co-operative organisations between the education institutions (CALI in the USA and BILETA in Great Britain), and they put considerable resources into this. It is wished to use technology both to achieve a more effective and therefore inexpensive teaching, and to achieve a better form of teaching. Further it is a goal in itself that students learn to use some of the tools that the lawyers of tomorrow must expect to encounter.  1 

Experience from the development of such systems, is that there is a lot of trial and error. It is not possible to tie oneself to a subject tradition,* as one can do when one writes textbooks, articles and prepares other more traditional teaching materials.

In Norway we have not come particularly far in this area. Use of modern information technology is limited largely to teaching how to use Lovdata. Ananse is the first project that makes it possible to integrate Internet based servers in legal education. There are undoubtedly many possibilities for improvement, also if the system is to be evaluated as an educational system. Certain limitations are to be found in WWW technology at the present stage of development, it is not all desired material that can easily be made available in this manner (it is not to be found in suitable form, it is copyright protected etc.) Improvement can certainly also be made in the organisation that has been done, without my having any concrete ideas as to what could eventually be done.

I am aware that students have raised criticism against Ralph Amissah's lectures. As I understand it, this critique is not connected first and foremost to use of the WWW system, even if this also has been mentioned. In any event one must allow an amount of trial and error if one is to start to use a new and for the majority an unknown technology in education.

A basic necessity* for technology to be put to use in education is that students have easy access to the system. I am not aware of what the conditions at Institute for Rettsvitenskap (The Tromsø Law Faculty) are, but am of the opinion that any lack in access should not hinder experiments in the use of technology.

 1. An overview and discussion of such systems has been done by Ola Kristian Hoff in "Complex 8/92"

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