• 12 February 2010: College of Law leads the way for e-learning in the South-West

    12 February 2010

    New Bristol centre to provide a state-of-the-art teaching environment

    Today, The College of Law has revealed its plans to lead the way in e-learning in the South-West.

    E-learning, which includes i-Tutorials, podcasts, online test and feedback exercises, e-forums and online group assessments will be used to deliver the Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course at The College of Law’s new Bristol centre, due to open in September this year. These teaching technologies will complement traditional study methods on offer at the College – face to face workshops, lectures, and one to one tutorials, offering students the flexibility to choose how to learn.

    Images* released by The College of Law today reveal that the new centre, due to open in Bristol’s Temple Quarter, will provide a contemporary, state-of-the-art working environment, complementing the College’s cutting-edge teaching technologies.

    A classroom at the College of Law's new Bristol CentreA classroom at the College of Law's new Bristol Centre

    The College of Law has already established itself as a leader in e-learning in the industry, having developed more than 400 i-Tutorials, which are accessed by 7,500 students across its seven teaching centres as well as by students all over the world on its online LL.M Masters programmes,. I-Tutorials are central to e-learning - online video recordings of teaching experts supported with slides and online exercises, which can be can be stopped, started and replayed. Podcasts enable students to download the tutorials onto MP3 players and e-forums work like a notice board where students can ask questions, share research and views whilst a tutor monitors and contributes.

    Reception at the College of Law's new Bristol Centre
    Reception at the College of Law's new Bristol Centre

    Nigel Savage Chief Executive of The College of Law says: ‘We want to lead the way for advanced teaching technologies in the South-West. When it opens in September, our Bristol centre will offer students a state-of the art working environment and the most advanced e-learning techniques, combined with traditional face to face support from some of the country’s finest legal experts and teaching staff.
    “Feedback from students in other parts of the country who are already benefitting from e-learning has been positive and law firms have been very supportive as these innovative technologies mirror new ways of working within legal practice. Our e-learning methods have also been endorsed by legal technology expert Professor Richard Susskind**. The online facilities are flexible, reusable, green and great for part-timers or those who live far from the college.”

    The Library at the College of Law's new Bristol Centre
    The Library at the College of Law's new Bristol Centre

    The Bristol centre will be The College of Law’s first centre in the South-West, representing a £1.2m investment and creating 40 new jobs. It will serve the whole of the South West region and consolidate the College’s position as the UK’s leading provider of postgraduate professional legal education. It will also offer courses for qualified lawyers.
    Students who are interested to hear more about the Legal Practice Course on offer at The College of Law in Bristol can attend an Open Day at Watershed on the Habourside in Bristol at 4pm on 18 February.

    The College is the leading provider of professional legal education and training in Europe with centres in London, Birmingham, Chester, Guildford, Manchester and York.
    The College is also an educational charity and has been actively promoting access to the profession for disadvantaged students from across the region in recent months. Through a partnership with the Sutton Trust, the University of Bristol and the region’s law firms, the College is working with local schools and colleges to provide opportunities for young people to enter the profession.
    Other recent regional investments include a new £5.5m centre in Manchester and a £5.5m extension of its Birmingham centre, which both opened in September 2009, as well as a £2m renovation of its Chester centre, completed in 2008.

    * The images show what The College of Law’s Manchester centre - which opened in September 2009 - actually looks like and also give a detailed impression of the interior spec that the Bristol Centre will have.
    ** To access ‘E-learning at The College of Law: 5-year Review’ by Professor Richard Susskind OBE <404>download here<404>

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