I will not be updating this blog after this post. The content will remain available. Please do visit my new blog site: drkristoffergreaves.com – I will be building the new site over time, and re-blogging some posts from here to there.
I started the PleagleTrainer Blog back in 2010, when I was a senior lecturer in practical legal training at the College of Law Victoria. I was, and still am, interested in the learning spaces around academic, practical, and professional legal education. I completed my masters degree in professional education and training, and then left full-time teaching to complete my PhD. My scholarly interests and outputs have broadened considerably since then, including theories of practice, qualitative methodologies, sociological and cultural readings of legal education and practice, emergent technologies, and other things. These changes underpin my decision to retire the PleagleTrainer blog, which was primarily focused on practical legal training.
The PleagleTrainer blog hosted nearly 185,000 page views and 58,000 unique users, which is not bad, considering the rather niche nature of the content. By far the post popular was the Bloom to Marzano post, with nearly 90,000 views on this site (and another 68,000 views of the SlideShare). That post discussed a methodical approach to designing educational objectives in practical legal education, but clearly had cross-disciplinary relevance. Also popular was a post discussing definitions of solicitor, barrister, lawyer (14,500 views), and ‘Get ready lawyers’ ethics, go, go, go!‘ (6,800 views).
Some law schools and colleges link into these posts as part of their learning content, which is why I will not shut down the blog. It is good to note, however, that the National Library of Australia archives the blog at the Pandora site.
Most visitors were located in Australia – however, this blog had an international audience with the USA, UK, Philippines, Kenya, India, Canada, Netherlands, Indonesia, and Malaysia, well represented.
The site and its resources will remain. It costs me about $200/year to maintain the site, so feel free to make a PayPal donation to ensure it stays online!
My work increasingly involves project and consultancy activities. I have supplied research and technical support to academics undertaking research and publication projects. Shortly, I will begin a 6-month learning design consultancy for the College of Law Australia. I have a contract with Springer to publish a monograph out of my study of scholarship of teaching and learning in legal education. So, au revoir! Come see me at my new blog – I will be writing new things there!