1. How do I get my assignments?
Nothing in my classes is delivered on paper. All weekly assignments and supplemental reading are delivered through my website. (Note, this is not the law school’s course management system. If you try to find my class there, it should redirect to here.) This means that both administrative materials, such as announcements, as well as course book material, such as supplemental law review articles, must be accessed through the Web.
2. I have heard that Professor Kang uses something called a v-board. What is that?
I do not use chalk or markers in the classroom. Instead, I use a virtual blackboard (vboard) on a computer projected screen. Anything I would put on the blackboard, I instead put up on the vboard using various programs, including Mindmanager. At the end of each class, I save that day’s map on a secure “v-board archives” page. Therefore, you will have a copy of whatever has been put up on the virtual blackboard for later reference.
Important proviso: Do not take what’s on the v-board as gospel. It’s just a snapshot of the virtual blackboard, which may include hypotheses, plausible but incorrect answers, student responses, etc. The v-board is intended to assist, not replace, your synthesis of the material.
The v-board page is password protected (provided in-class). The password will stay in your browser memory for 10 minutes (it’s called a temporary “cookie”). If you come back to this page after that time period, you will have to retype your password. Also, always remember to “reload” the page if you think you’re not seeing the most recent content. Web browsers “cache” or remember web pages from the recent past.
These maps are for your personal use only and cannot be distributed further.
3. Besides office hours and class, is there any way that I can ask substantive questions to Professor Kang?
I do not take substantive class questions through e-mail. Teaching is done more effectively face-to-face. Please visit me in office hours instead. If you have a conflict, I’m happy to schedule another time. I will, of course, take administrative questions, such a “Why’s the web server down?” and “What is your office hours policy?” You might want to review my various FAQs before asking.
4. Why does Professor Kang use all these technologies?
I do it for two reasons. First, as survey data from former students demonstrate, they improve the learning process. Second, lawyers need technological literacy, which can only be gained through experience. Learning these tools today will put you ahead of your competition tomorrow. If you are curious, you can read a brief article I wrote about using information technologies in teaching.
5. Any general computer suggestions?
First, organize your hard drive in a sensible way. Put all your documents in a single folder, with multiple subfolders that break up your personal files from law school (then by year, course name, etc.).
Second, pick a good outlining program to organize your notes and thoughts. Learn, for example, how to use Word’s outlining function. For tech tools I use, consult the Tools FAQ.
Third, backup your content regularly. Use dropbox. Try online backup Crashplan or Mozy. Email critical files to a Gmail account. Do something. Really.