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Facebook: Bridging the 'otherness' of distance legal education

journal contribution
posted on 16.05.2019, 00:00 by Amanda-Jane GeorgeAmanda-Jane George, Alexandra McEwanAlexandra McEwan, J-A Tarr
In The Merchant of Venice, Shylock the Jew represents the quintessential ‘other’. While he longs for acceptance, he is ultimately humiliated, and his alterity affirmed. Shylock’s sense of otherness fuels his appeal to the Venetian court to allow him his bond—a pound of his tormentor’s flesh. This paper adopts the concept of otherness as a lens to discuss distance education theory and student experience in online legal education. Fully online legal education is a relatively new form of pedagogy, and it presents a range of challenges. One of those challenges is how to reach out to undergraduate law students who—by virtue of the mode of education they engage in, their place of residence and other demographic factors—are positioned as ‘other’ according to traditional ideas about the legal profession and tertiary education in general. After discussing survey results from an online cohort, it considers the value of Facebook in bridging isolation and building student perceptions of inclusion and community.

History

Volume

11

Start Page

35

End Page

48

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

1836-5612

Publisher

Australasian Law Teachers Association

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Queensland University of Technology

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association