Scholarship 2.0: The New Frontier?

I have been advising the Maryland Law Review for some time now and this year’s Board has been particularly creative in their thinking about scholarship and its potential impact.  They have an interesting idea for the future of legal scholarship, one that I believe worth sharing and discussing. The Maryland Law Review currently publishes in print and online professional and student pieces and would like to ensure that the pieces facilitate ongoing dialogue.   In a turn that I will call Scholarship 2.0, the Maryland Law Review would like to harness interactive technologies on their website to permit readers to engage with the work and to post videos on the topic.  As the Board has explained to me, they would like to to use technology “not only to spread the ideas expressed in the pieces, but also to provide an opportunity for the work to change, grow, and evolve as more people are exposed and have a chance to contribute to the conversation.”

To that end, the Maryland Law Review will soon begin to utilize technologies to begin that conversation, including posting videos of interviews with professor, or taped debates between them, regarding articles.  Readers will have a chance to take part in the conversation through a Comment feature.  As the Editor in Chief Maggie Grace and Senior Online Articles Editor Ted Reilly told me: “The best products of academia are not closed from debate or question, but rather are discussed, challenged, and strengthened by wider discourse.  It is our hope that with the addition of these technologies we can foster dialogues that help viewers pose questions, challenge accepted notions, share novel ideas, and develop a greater understanding of law and its application.”  How else might the Maryland Law Review put this idea into practice?  Any thoughts or suggestions for my enterprising students?

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1 Response

  1. Alfred says:

    This is a very exciting idea; we need more discussion of scholarship than we have now, which is one of the reason’s I’ve been sad to see the decline in book reviews.

    Two responses to this idea, though. First, we must be past scholarship 2.0 by now, no? Once we’re branching out into podcasts of debates, that’s at least scholarship 3.0! Secondly — and more seriously — one of the things that concerns me is the move towards faster and more superficial takes on scholarship. While I applaud every move to engage with scholarship — it happens all too rarely — I have some concern that video responses (and blogs) are part of a trend to have only limited sustained engagement with scholarship.