Our team has assembled a playlist that contains the fall 2013 course materials that have been developed on H2O by professors from Harvard, Stanford, NYU, Boston College, and Boston University. You can find that list of materials at < http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/playlists/2062 >. If you are also teaching materials developed on H2O this fall, let us know so that we may add your materials to the list!
We’re very excited indeed to note that Professor Pam Karlan of Stanford Law School has made the first installment of her Fall 2013 Torts class materials on H2O; those materials are available at < http://h2o.law.harvard.edu/playlists/1995 >. Professor Karlan has added and selected an array of edited cases (some adapted from edits by other H2O users, such as Professor Jonathan Zittrain, and others she edited from scratch). Professor Karlan has also added many new introductions, and has included numerous links to videos and other external sources (see, for instance, her collection of materials for “An Introduction to Torts“.)
Learning American law requires reading a lot of cases. And cases can be long — sometimes really long.
Traditional casebooks typically include only excerpts of most of their cases. A casebook’s editors decide what parts of each case should be included in the book and, as a consequence, they also decide which parts of each case will not be shown. Students interested in reading the whole case have to track down a full version elsewhere.
One of the tools H2O provides professors is the ability to show or hide portions of a text while maintaining the ability to read the hidden parts of the text by clicking on an elision box.
For instance, in Professor Zittrain’s edited version of Carroll Towing, students automatically see only the required portions of the text.
Clicking on any of the elision boxes allows students to see those non-required portions of the text.
To revert back to see just the required portion, students can just click on either of the wedges that mark the beginning and end of the non-required text.
We plan to present H2O during the lightning talks at the Annotations@Harvard Convergence Workshop in the Radcliffe Gymnasium on March 28th. The event’s organizers have lined up a great collection of projects involving annotations.
H2O allows users to provide in-line annotations in collages. Professor Zittrain, for instance, added a few explanatory notes and definitions in U.S. v. Carroll Towing Co. in his spring 2013 Torts playlist.