Archive for July, 2006

BlackBoard’s Patent and the Hunt for Prior Art – Woops! That Didn’t Take Long

Well, the clock is ticking for BlackBoard and whether they are going to come out with cease and desist letters blazing or do something intelligent that will endear them to the edu-blogosphere. By the way, here is the link to the actual patent on the USPTO website. Evidence of searches for prior art are starting […]

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Goodwill Trumps Patent Value: Is BlackBoard Crunching the Numbers?

From Wikipedia, we learn… "…Goodwill is … an important accounting concept that describes the value of a business entity not directly attributable to its tangible assets and liabilities…" So Goodwill is something that a company wants to nurture, grow and be able to claim on its bottom line. Whengoodwill is negative, it’s a liability – […]

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Scholarly Law Article in the Groklaw Blender = Law Review Smoothie

Jonathan Zittrain of the Berkman Center and also Professor of Internet Governance and Regulation, Oxford University struck it rich recently. Rich in the sense that he got his latest article, "The Generative Internet" published on Groklaw where that large, voracious and didactic community tore into it in all sorts of interesting ways. I confess to […]

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Help for Law School Help Desks – Free Picture Books for Software Training

Back in the day when I was running a computer center at a lawschool, the months of July and August were some of the busiest monthsgetting things ready for the new batch of students. One ofthe things that I loaded onto our local area network was any tutorialor help document I could find that would […]

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Why Do Law Students Like CALI Lessons?

The front page of the CALI website has a place that randomly displays comments we get from law students. There is a place for students to submit new comments (link here) and there is also a link on every single CALI lessons that sends us an email right from within the lesson itself. Many of […]

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2006-2007 CALI CD Ships with 625 Computer Tutorials in 32 Legal Education Subjects

The 2006-2007 CALI CD is shipping this week to law schools that pre-ordered it for their incoming students. The CALI CD contains a snapshot of all of the lessons that we publish and is available to CALI-member law schools that want to give it out to their 1Ls FOR FREE (Yes, it’s free to 1Ls, […]

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Lawyers on YouTube – Marketing, Advice AND Education?

A month back, I pointed to videos of sentencing hearingsposted on YouTube by the judge in the case. Most of the cases seemed tobe drug-related. These videos were a little thin on content, but Iasked the question "Is this legal education"? Lawyer, Allison Margolin has posted a video that is part marketing,part public information and […]

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Education Podcast Commons, Measuring Teaching Effectiveness and the Wisdom of Crowds

John Dale’s blog, Autology (curious name there) points me to an SSRN article that I missed somehow. Professor Benjamin Barton at the University of Tennessee College of Law.has uploaded a draft of his article "Is There a Correlation Between Scholarly Productivity, Scholarly Influence and Teaching Effectiveness in American Law Schools? An Empirical Study". The spoiler […]

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Classcaster: What’s the Catch?

At this year’s CALI Conference for Law School Computing├é┬« and as a result of John Mayer’s talks at SubTech 2006 and AALS I’ve been fielding a lot of questions about Classcaster. Most take the form of something like "I’ve tried Classcaster and it really seems to work great but what about…" and then I’m asked […]

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10 Minutes That Will Make You Smarter – Hans Rosling’s TED Talk

The good folks at TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) have posted some of their TED Talks and the talk by Hans Rosling (Professor of International Health, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden) is a real corker. Here’s his blog. Watch this video and in 10 minutes, you will be smarter. This gives me all sorts of ideas about […]

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