In the last two decades, higher education has come to embrace blended learning as the most effective way to engage students. Within law faculties – particularly in response to COVID-19 – this uptake has accelerated as more lecturers recognise the benefits of applying a blended learning approach in their teaching, for them and their students.
Universities once focused solely on what happened inside the classroom. Students were given a weighty textbook and told what to read and when. Especially in law programs. But with the arrival of the internet and smart phones, higher education has had to evolve and take more responsibility for supporting students’ learning outside of the classroom.
In part, this evolution was driven by the ever-expanding presence of technology in all our lives – but also a growing expectation from incoming students who were rightly miffed to discover many universities, particularly the more traditional in scope, lagged well behind the technology-rich secondary schools they’d just graduated from.