Gatecrashing the research paradigm : effective integration of online technologies in maximising research impact and engagement in legal education

Galloway, Kate, Greaves, Kristoffer and Castan, Melissa 2013, Gatecrashing the research paradigm : effective integration of online technologies in maximising research impact and engagement in legal education, Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, vol. 6, no. 1-2, pp. 83-91.

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Title Gatecrashing the research paradigm : effective integration of online technologies in maximising research impact and engagement in legal education
Author(s) Galloway, Kate
Greaves, Kristoffer
Castan, Melissa
Journal name Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association
Volume number 6
Issue number 1-2
Start page 83
End page 91
Total pages 9
Publisher Australasian Law Teachers Association
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2013
ISSN 1836-5620
Keyword(s) legal education
research
scholarship
social media
metrics
bloggonh
micro-blogging
impact
engagement
Summary Legal academics are not only teachers but also creators of knowledge. The role of an academic includes a responsibility to share this knowledge through engagement not just of their students, but also of the wider community. In addition, there is increasing emphasis on legal academics having to account for the so-called ‘impact’ of research. In selecting both the topic of their research and the mode of publication of their knowledge, legal academics act as gatekeepers. There is an increasing critique of the existing paradigm of research publication and its emphasis on the metrics of impact. This critique recognises the limitations of the commercial publication paradigm in the present context of open access and the vast array of citizen-mediated platforms for dissemination of legal knowledge and innovation. Susskind (Tomorrow’s Lawyers 2013) for example identifies expert crowd-sourced legal information as breaking down barriers to access to justice. Tracking their experience with publication of a paper on social media in legal education from the ALTA conference in 2012, the authors share an auto-ethnographic account of their insights into the potential for both impact and engagement of a diverse audience in their research. This highlights the ways in which various media can be used strategically to redefine the role of the gatekeeper.
Language eng
Field of Research 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
130103 Higher Education
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
Socio Economic Objective 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2013, Australasian Law Teachers Association
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