<ul><li>Web2.0 and Unconventional Sources: Paradigm Shift for Law Student Essays? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not Wikipedia – i...
What  are  unconventional sources? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics / Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
What  are  unconventional sources? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics / Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul...
What  are  unconventional sources? <ul><li>Responses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>G...
So what  is  the paradigm shift? <ul><li>Oral Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority weighed by age, title, position </...
So what  is  the paradigm shift? <ul><li>Oral Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority weighed by age, title, position </...
Can it be observed? No! This is just where the student saw the legislation!
Can it be observed? No! This is just an unreliable resource!
Can it be observed? Yes! This is original academic material
Can it be observed? <ul><li>Christian, K. and Noble, T. (1999)  The Case Against Derek Christian: A Summary of the Evidenc...
Can it be observed? <ul><li>http://smithforensic.blogspot.com/2009/08/robert-lee-stinson-case-faulty-bite.html </li></ul>
Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009)  Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of ...
Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009)  Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of ...
Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009)  Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of ...
Assessing ROAT <ul><li>R igor &  O bjectivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policing by the crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Probl...
Benefits from Unconventionalism <ul><li>ROAT takes time! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore only applicable to recent issues?...
Material that is “Work in Progress” <ul><li>Is there an argument within the content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediately obv...
Summary <ul><li>Students may well need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance on when unconventional is acceptable </li></ul></ul...
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Web 2.0 and unconventional sources: paradigm shift for law student essays?

  1. 1. <ul><li>Web2.0 and Unconventional Sources: Paradigm Shift for Law Student Essays? </li></ul><ul><li>It’s not Wikipedia – it’s okay! </li></ul>Michael Bromby Reader in Law Glasgow Caledonian University
  2. 2. What are unconventional sources? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics / Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lex Ferenda </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law Prof Blog Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals / Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TechBlog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CharonQC </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What are unconventional sources? <ul><li>Blogs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Academics / Associations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Lex Ferenda </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Law Prof Blog Network </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Professionals / Organisations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TechBlog </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CharonQC </li></ul></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What are unconventional sources? <ul><li>Responses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Newspaper articles </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gov consultations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>General / personal web pages </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Wikis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>And more examples! </li></ul>
  5. 5. So what is the paradigm shift? <ul><li>Oral Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority weighed by age, title, position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gutenberg Revolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards for r igour, o bjectivity, a uthority and t ransparency (ROAT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Revolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beyond text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards can still be applied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back to the orator? </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. So what is the paradigm shift? <ul><li>Oral Tradition </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Authority weighed by age, title, position </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Gutenberg Revolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards for rigour, objectivity, authority and transparency (ROAT) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Digital Revolution </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beyond text </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standards can still be applied </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Back to the orator? </li></ul></ul>[bookspace] [workspace] [brainspace]
  7. 7. Can it be observed? No! This is just where the student saw the legislation!
  8. 8. Can it be observed? No! This is just an unreliable resource!
  9. 9. Can it be observed? Yes! This is original academic material
  10. 10. Can it be observed? <ul><li>Christian, K. and Noble, T. (1999) The Case Against Derek Christian: A Summary of the Evidence Presented in Court. Available from www.scandals.org/derekchristian/beyondrd.pdf </li></ul>
  11. 11. Can it be observed? <ul><li>http://smithforensic.blogspot.com/2009/08/robert-lee-stinson-case-faulty-bite.html </li></ul>
  12. 12. Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009) Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of undergraduate writing, Internet and Higher Education , vol. 12, 156 at 157 </li></ul>
  13. 13. Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009) Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of undergraduate writing, Internet and Higher Education , vol. 12, 156 at 157 </li></ul>
  14. 14. Not just students! <ul><li>Radia & Stapleton (2009) Unconventional sources as a new convention: The shifting paradigm of undergraduate writing, Internet and Higher Education , vol. 12, 156 at 157 </li></ul>
  15. 15. Assessing ROAT <ul><li>R igor & O bjectivity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Policing by the crowd </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Problem with recency </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A uthority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No longer singular, from the collective whole </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Culture of mutual-referenced topical bloggers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Van House (2004) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>T ransparency </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Search engines, technorati rankings </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Benefits from Unconventionalism <ul><li>ROAT takes time! </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Therefore only applicable to recent issues? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Avoid plagiarism </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Critical analysis is presented </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acknowledge ideas or criticisms </li></ul></ul><ul><li>No longer Text-based </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Responsive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Multimedia </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. Material that is “Work in Progress” <ul><li>Is there an argument within the content? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Immediately obvious? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Referenced? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Will it become a ‘mainstream article’? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Has it already? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Did things change? </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Holistic awareness of the blog </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Previous / subsequent posts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comments and replies </li></ul></ul>
  18. 18. Summary <ul><li>Students may well need: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Guidance on when unconventional is acceptable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Yet not wikipedia / opsi.gov.uk </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Direction as to which sources we find useful </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>And why they are reliable </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Encouragement to assess ROAT for online material themselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>and for conventional writings too! </li></ul></ul></ul>

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