Legal specialists do not like “logistics”. Just mention the term and noses tend to dive deeper into the legal work. Now try the words “Logistics for flexible legal learning” and you will not make many friends.
Logistics is simply not on the mind of the legal lecturer. Ok, they might not like turning up in an empty classroom only to find out that their students are waiting in another building. But let’s be honest, normally dealing with logistics is not part of the legal lecturer’s favored activities.
However, this might change. Especially in larger legal training and educational organizations the legal content expert will become indispensable for handling vital logistical issues succesfully. This is caused by an unavoidable development in legal training. But first, what is educational logistics?
What is logistics?
Educational logistics concern the processes, systems and information streams enabling the smooth training and education within a training/educational organization.
For example: If you want your learning material to become available for each learner on the appropirate moment for this learner, you are dealing with a logistical problem.
Why will legal learning become more flexible?
Why talk about logistics? Because it is related to the simply-cannot-escape-it trend that legal training and education are undergoing. Legal learning and training will become much more flexible in various ways.
Such increasing flexibility is due to the context within which legal training and education operate. Increasingly, legal training/education is expected to accommodate legal learners that:
- start their training/education with varying levels/kinds of expertise
- cannot or do not want to start training/education at the same time
- have varying amounts of time available for training/education
- proceed their training and education at varying speeds
- possess different learning styles
- have different interest in the topic of the training/education
Flexible legal learning: more succesful learning
Such increased flexibility will become visible in all forms of legal learning: brief legal training, part-time education and full-time education.
What can be expected from increasingly flexible learning? We asked legal training/educational organizations. Reply: an increase in client satisfaction, number of clients and profitability.
However for these three outcomes to happen smoothly and successfully logistics for flexible legal learning will need to strengthen and the legal lecturers will have a vital role in this area.