NVivo for Mac (Beta) released

Further to my previous post, QSR International have released a Beta version of NVivo for Mac.

I intended to trial this version with future literature reviews, however the Beta version does not accommodate imports from citation managers, at this stage. It is possible to import PDF files, so you could still do literature review work, but without classification and attributes sheets automatically set up for the “reference” classification. Also, the Beta version does not yet include the Framework Matrices tool.

At first glance, the Mac version is fast and smooth. It will be interesting to see how it runs when handling a heavy data load.



My Storified Glimpses of CLE Conference 2014

I followed tweets on the #CLE2014 on my Twitter timeline – it looked like such an interesting conference! I’ve “Storified” those tweets below.
Disclaimer – these tweets were those I could capture – there are probably many more useful and interesting outputs from the conference.


Note to Self (after reading de Certeau’s ‘Writing of History’)

A study of a discipline requires us to recognise the ideologies already invested in it.

Historicity (or account) of the discipline implies a movement that links interpretative practice to social praxis.

Disciplines vacillate between these two poles: praxis (“reality”); and closed discourses, that organise and conclude a mode of intelligibility.

A “discipline” is possibly a “myth”. It combines what “can be thought” + the “unthinkable” + and the discipline’s origins, in conformity with ways in which a society can understand its own workings.


‘The masked philosopher’

‘I can’t help but dream about a kind of criticism that would try not to judge but to bring an oeuvre, a book, a sentence, an idea to life; it would light fires, watch the grass grow, listen to the wind, and catch the sea foam in the breeze and scatter it’

Michel Foucault, ‘The Masked Philosopher’ in Paul Rabinow (ed), Ethics. The essential works (1997) vol 1, 321.



CLEAA – CPD Interactive

I have been asked to share this information about an upcoming webinar by Jordan Furlong. Further details below:

The Continuing Legal Education Association of Australasia and proud sponsors CPD Interactive invite you to register for an International Keynote address from Jordan Furlong.

The rapid evolution of the legal services marketplace is poised to transform the purpose, nature and delivery of Continuing Legal Education. In the coming legal market, online resources will make even advanced legal knowledge widely and freely available; legal services will be offered by providers other than lawyers; law firms will sharply reduce their commitment to train new generations of practitioners; law schools facing drastic enrolment decline will start to compete directly with traditional CLE companies; and lawyers requiring entirely new skill sets to compete will seek out those providers that will deliver them.
How will your business or in-house Learning & Development team respond to these changes?

Jordan Furlong is the opening Keynote Presenter at the 2013 CLEAA Conference, hosted by the College of Law in Brisbane on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 October.  To enable a wider audience to hear Jordan’s analysis and for those unable to attend the conference in Brisbane, his session is also being offered via webinar on Thursday 24 October at 9.30am AEST (10.30am AEDST).  Register Now to hear Jordan explore these issues and offer recommendations to attendees regarding how they can prepare for a whole new world of CLE.

Payment of $69 is due upon registration.  On registering you will be directed to the CLEAA homepage. The Jordan Furlong Webinar Payment Form is sitting under the 2013 CLEAA Conference Brochure for you to fill out and e-mail to jlynagh@collaw.edu.au.  If you have any queries, please call Jacqui on 07 3234 4530.

Who should attend?
–        in-house learning & development professionals;
–        senior law firm HR professionals;
–        law firm practice managers ;
–        law firm partners responsible for capability development;
–        commercial and institutional providers of CPD; and
–        consultants to the legal industry and legal industry analysts.


Steve Wheeler: ‘Learning Theories for the Digital Age’

Steve Wheeler observes: ‘[learning] theories are important for at least two reasons: Firstly they enables us to explain what we are seeing from a perspective. Secondly, they can inform and justify our professional practice as teachers’.

I enjoyed reading his blog post and the embedded presentation – it is also a nice introduction to some important learning theory.

Thanks to Melissa Castan for the link!


Thank you to my interviewees

Regular visitors might know that my PhD research involves how Australian lawyers working as practical legal training practitioners engage with scholarly activities around their teaching work. My data collection involves a range of documents including legislation and subordinate instruments, and semi-structured interviews with 36 PLT practitioners around Australia and affiliated with a range of PLT courses.

These busy PLT practitioners get a bit ‘thank you’ from me. They are generous and supportive, with many interviewed up to an hour during demanding schedules. PLT trainees might be interested to know that PLT practitioners care a lot about providing a quality PLT experience for law graduates.

So, thank you again to those who participated in the interviews – the next month will be spent transcribing and proofing the transcripts, before I begin in-depth analysis of the material.