Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Law Without Walls and LWOWX...

See the video on Vimeo 

The last two weekends have been frenetic. Law Without Walls is back in town, now in two forms. To our original form we've added LWOWX.

Here's what LWOWX is
LWOW X is an all-virtual pilot program for 2014. It offers the same components and benefits as the original LawWithoutWalls offering, only it does so completely on-line. It is an attempt to scale and expand our current LawWithoutWalls offering to more students from more places, irrespective of financial situation and school status. Further, it is an attempt to create an all-virtual, synchronous learning experience that applies rhizomatic education to develop a sense of community as robust as that achieved through in-person interaction.
We were frenetic because we had two KickOffs, one for LWOW and one for LWOWX. I've written about LWOW before, here, here and here, so I'll focus on LWOWX.

The point of the KickOff is for all the participants to come together, get to know each other, have fun, learn new skills (networking from Kevin Doolan, self-assessment from Nora Bergman), and begin to function as teams. It's intensive. For two days we started at noon and worked through to 8pm. See our schedule here.

Because LWOWX is virtual and online, we had to learn to cope with tech glitches, outages, freezes and the like. It's surprising how much patience one can learn in situations such as these. Far superior to frustration...

The UCL cohort of LWOWX, which I'm advising along with Anna Donovan, decided to meet at UCL for the virtual KickOff. So although we were in close proximity we attended via our online personas. For the first occasion it was good because we could support each other.

Our participants came from China, Iceland, the US (west and east coasts) and Europe. We ignored time zones.

The brute fact was that we had to learn in real time how to do this. Despite the planning and preparation it works as you do it. By the end there was a real sense of accomplishment and achievement felt by all. We did it; we made it.

And to celebrate that I invite you to click through to Jon Harman's video at the top of the page made to the Wayseer Manifesto single. In a sense we were way seers in this new version of Law Without Walls X.

PS. A special shout out to Eversheds for supporting LWOW and also to Barclays who are supporting two student participants from the University of East London.

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