E-learning opportunities and challenges for legal education in rural Victoria

Dracup, Mary and Coverdale, Richard 2015, E-learning opportunities and challenges for legal education in rural Victoria, Alternative law journal, vol. 40, no. 2, pp. 142-148.

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Title E-learning opportunities and challenges for legal education in rural Victoria
Author(s) Dracup, MaryORCID iD for Dracup, Mary orcid.org/0000-0002-5678-4145
Coverdale, Richard
Journal name Alternative law journal
Volume number 40
Issue number 2
Start page 142
End page 148
Total pages 6
Publisher Legal Service Bulletin Co-operative Ltd
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2015-06-22
ISSN 1037-969X
Keyword(s) rural
law
technology
legal education
access to justice
Summary Access to justice extends beyond consideration of the systems and institutions of justice; it includes infrastructure such as transport, health, education and communications. Rural, regional and remote (‘RRR’) communities are more likely to face difficulties in accessing advice and accurate information on laws and processes available for resolution of disputes. Perhaps more fundamentally, they rarely have a voice in effecting reforms in laws and related policies. For several decades, community legal centres, legal aid, courts, and a range of other institutions have used community legal education programs to improve knowledge and access to law and justice systems, services and organisations. The recent Productivity Commission Inquiry into Access to Justice Arrangements notes that, ‘Better coordination and greater quality control in the development and delivery of these [community legal education, legal information] services would improve their value and reach.’ At the same time, research into the professional needs of RRR legal practitioners has found that many of these practitioners face considerable difficulties accessing good quality continuing professional development (‘CPD’) and informal networking/support opportunities.6 Current and emerging internet-based technologies open up opportunities for legal organisations to better meet the educational needs of both rural communities and legal practitioners. Though limitations still exist at multiple levels, relatively low-cost, media-rich, synchronous and tailored education programs can now be delivered effectively in many rural and remote areas. However, complex layers of decisions are required to critically assess, harness and optimise technologies to best suit the needs of users, and to utilise teaching and learning techniques that best match the technologies and participant needs. Getting these elements — needs, technology and learning technique — right, nevertheless offers extraordinary opportunities. Sound decisions and good practices should enable state-wide and specialist law and justice-related services interested in improving their engagement with RRR communities to dramatically improve the reach and quality of outcomes, not only for distant participants but the spectrum of stakeholders.
Language eng
Field of Research 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
130101 Continuing and Community Education
130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
100599 Communications Technologies not elsewhere classified
180102 Access To Justice
Socio Economic Objective 940499 Justice and the Law not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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