It has been pointed out that the satellite-type remote lectures utilizing ICT may be suspicious of violating related laws and regulations. In this sense, the new directive should be highly commended for removing this doubt and confirming the lectures’ official status.
Its decision to accept the mobile-type remote lectures as official should also be commended positively. This enabled those who are not able to attend the lectures at law schools, for example working adults having to travel for work, to access the missed lectures at various locations. However, it has to be mentioned that I have some reservations about imposing the limit on the accepted number of mobile lectures, as doing so will likely make obtaining credits from law schools for those living in rural areas rather difficult, and may ultimately dampen the effect of ICT lectures from law schools.
As it was confirmed that on-demand type lectures cannot be recognized as official, I for one feel there should have been an option to accept them as official while limiting the number of lectures.
In any case, the idea behind the introduction of ICT-based lectures must have been born out of the aim to improve the studying environment of law schools for and lessen the financial and time-related burdens on the working adults and those who live in rural areas; therefore we should continue to observe how each law school would work under this new directive, and also whether the initial aims would indeed be realized.