Paul L. Caron

Monday, May 14, 2012

Annual CALI Conference: Some Assembly Required

CALIIf your summer is not already fully scheduled, I encourage you to consider attending the 22d Annual Conference for Law School Computing in San Diego ('"America's Finest City") on Thursday, June 21 through Saturday, June 23. The theme of this year's conference is "Some Assembly Required":

We are constructing our future, here in the present. We have many excellent technologies, but figuring out how to use them to serve the educational, scholarly, professional and public service missions of law school is an ongoing challenge. This year’s theme is a double entendre meant to explicitly evoke that our future is not pre-packaged or purchased from a vendor -- some assembly is required to make the pieces fit into our institutional cultures. Secondly, face-to-face meetings are still necessary in education, community-building and friendships. We need to assemble with each other to make connections and share experiences, so come assemble with your colleagues and friends - new and old in San Diego.

There are a number of interesting panels of interest to faculty, including:

  • Selecting course technology based on simple learning science objectives
  • Building Online Courses and Course content -- A technologist's approach
  • An Update on eLangdell -- What it Can Do for Your Law School
  • Bridging the Gap: Technology Integration from a K-12 Perspective
  • Cultivating Creativity: How to innovate, create, and get out of your own way while doing it
  • DMR: Digital Media Revolution
  • Dumbing Down the "Smart" Classroom
  • How to Pimp your TWEN: Engaging Students on Their Turf -- Online
  • How to teach a blended course
  • Looking Back, Looking Forward: What We Learned from Building a 100% Online Course
  • Reaching Out to the World -- On a Budget
  • Powerful Presentations With-or-Without—PowerPoint: Evaluating Presentation Apps
  • Moving Your Clinical Programs to the Cloud: A Lesson in Politics, Policy and More
  • Teaching Contract Drafting with Contracts Filed in SEC EDGAR Database
  • Technology that Counts: Tools that Improve the Quality of Legal Research Instruction
  • The Crimprof Multipedia Turns Three
  • Thinking Outside The Cylinder -- Utilizing Unusual Tools to Teach
  • XtraNormal . . . Good for More than Just Laughs

For what it's worth, this is my favorite conference of the year, as it is the only gathering of law school faculty, librarians, and IT folks.  (Disclosure:  I am Vice President of the CALI Board of Directors.)

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