PLEI & New Media Technology

A Survey of Web-based Video and User-generated (Web 2.0) Technologies in the Public Legal Education Sector in Canada.

The Law Foundation funded a study to examine the current use in Canada of new media technology to assist PLEI agencies and other legal service providers to work with people living in remote and rural communities. In July and August of 2009, eight members of the Public Legal Education Association of Canada (PLEAC) participated in a telephone survey. They were asked specific questions around their association’s use of the following technologies:

  • Web-based video technologies
    • Live streaming video (webcasting)
    • Online videos
    • Web conferencing
  • User Generated technologies (aka “Web 2.0”/ social networking)

The emergence of these new media technologies, and their subsequent popularity, has meant that organizations that provide public legal education have had to reassess how to deliver and disseminate their traditional programming.

Although the incorporation of these new technologies represents a challenge for public legal education organizations, it also represents an opportunity to engage new audiences, reach remote audiences and engage existing clientele.  

While internet access in remote and rural communities is below urban usage rates, Network BC estimates that 91 per cent of British Columbians live in communities that can access the Internet, making BC one of the most connected jurisdictions in Canada.

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