E-LEARNING EXPERIENCES OF "FUNDAMENTAL CONCEPTS OF LAW" COURSE
Anadolu University, Faculty of Law (TURKEY)
Students who volunteer to have education for gaining fundamental law and justice knowledge as to become a qualified staff who will work for rapid and appropriate transfiguration of justice, or volunteers who aim getting general knowledge concerning law are able to join “Associate Programme in Justice” in open education system of Anadolu University. In order to find solutions for judicial disputes, legal system also requires professional intermediate staff who had graduated from that “Associate Programme in Justice”. This programme includes a course named “Fundamental Concepts of Law” in which students get general knowledge about law and justice, civil law, law of obligations, public law, criminal law, constitutional law, administrative law, etc.
In open e-learning education system, in “fundamental concepts of law” courses, besides understanding basic legal attainments, students also have the chance to meet and become a part of the basic discussions during application of law. For students, besides reaching theoretical knowledge, e-learning portal is one of the best ways of understanding the practice of law by usage of different open education materials of e-learning as e-seminars, e-books, e-audio books, pilot tests, e-library, interactive questioning and answering, interactive books which are enriched with voices, animations and videos. Students using these materials during e-learning can see the different problems which could most probably rise in implementetion of law during performing their jobs. The most referenced system we apply nowadays is the “synchronical e-seminar” in which students could have the chance to learn about the legal evolutions in real time; even they can learn about the latest legislations or about the the acts which has been just repealed. Students whom could not join the course synchronically have the chance of learning from the e-learning portal on which e-seminars, announcements and other materials of e-learning are recorded. For example students who work at the time of synchronical e-seminar or the ones who miss it because of disconnection of internet especially in rural settings or the ones who miss it because of suffering from health problems mostly use the portal and therefore have chance to continue their education.
According to most of the student comments, by watching a video of “fundamental concepts of law” course on e-learning portal that is built by the tutor of the course according to specific screenwriting techniques and by joining the forums in which students could be the part of scholarly disputes and therefore get the knowledge in a virtual campus and also by interactive questioning and answering, the information sticks in the mind. Academically, in this way, the formation of law and justice could reach to masses by e-learning. From another point of view; sociologically, students who cannot have formal education for some reasons like not being capable of living in university cities (e.g. because of economic reasons or because of being physically challenged or being seriously unhealthy) have the chance to be educated by e-learning of fundamental concepts of law course, and most probably this will help the promotion of sociocultural level of communities in conclusion.