Massive, Free Online Classes Catch on With Law Schools
Okamoto is trying to convince law professors to incorporate the MOOC into their regular classes, to provide an incentive for students to complete all of the exercises.
LawMeets is once again offering the course, which is open for enrollment now and will run through November 17.
Harvard Law professor William Fisher III, who heads the university’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, took a different tack with the free Internet course on copyright that he debuted in January. That 12-week class was limited to 500 students, and participants had to apply for a slot. Thus, it was not a MOOC, but an online class designed to mimic a traditional law class.
He broke the students into sections of 25 for small group discussions, facilitated by former and current students. The course incorporated pre-recorded lectures, live webcasts and a three-hour test.
Of the 500 students enrolled, just shy of half took the final exam and 39 percent passed, according to statistics released by the Harvard. Fisher plans to offer the class again in January of 2014, although the school is not yet accepting applications.