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n Journal for Juridical Science - Blended learning : a new approach to legal teaching in South African law schools

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Abstract

This article investigates the development of a sustainable strategy for the integration of online education technology and traditional teaching and learning methodologies in South African law faculties, in a so-called 'blended learning' approach to legal teaching. In developing a strategy, a number of issues were considered, including: accommodating an increasing and diverse student population; achieving SAQA exit-level outcomes;national and international trends in blended learning; and ensuring an appropriate level of computer skills for both lecturers and students. Vital to the development of a sustainable strategy is a comprehensive management plan which details clear objectives for the process of implementation.The achievement of the management plan objectives should be driven by a project management team, which will be responsible for conducting training and support in blended learning; developing online learning module materials; producing research into technological advancements in this field; co-operating with the law library; establishing a committed blended learning community; and finally establishing a system of blended learning module review.The overall objective of the strategy then, is to establish a sustainable model for the medium and long-term implementation of blended learning, ensuring that this mode of learning becomes accepted as an integral part of the system of legal education in the institution.


Hierdie artikel ondersoek die ontwikkeling van 'n handhawende strategie vir die integrasie van e-leer en tradisionele onderrig- en leermetodologieƫ in Suid-Afrikaanse regskole, in 'n sogenaamde gemengde ('blended') leer benadering tot regsonderrig. 'n Aantal sake is oorweeg, insluitende: die inagneming van 'n toenemende diverse studentepopulasie; die inagneming van SAKO-uittreevlakuitkomste; nasionale en internasionale tendense in gemengde leer; en die versekering van 'n toepaslike vlak van rekenaarvaardighede vir beide dosente en studente. 'n Omvattende bestuursplan is nodig geag, insluitende duidelike doelstellings vir implementering. Hierdie doelstellings behoort bedryf te word deur 'n projekspan, wat verantwoordelik sal wees vir: die uitvoer van opleiding en ondersteuning; die ontwikkeling van onderrigmateriaal; navorsing oor tegnologiese ontwikkelings in die veld;samewerking met die biblioteek; die stigting van 'n toegewyde gemengde leergemeenskap; en laastens die stigting van 'n stelsel van gemengde leermodulehersiening. Die oorkoepelende doel van die strategie is om 'n handhawende model vir die medium- en langtermynimplementering van gemengde leer te ontwikkel, om te verseker dat hierdie leermodus aanvaar sal word as 'n integrale deel van die regsonderrigstelsel in die betrokke instansie.

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2006-12-01
2016-12-04
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