Collaboration and Sharing Among Faculty

We encourage students to collaborate using wikis, blogs and e-mail. 

How does technology provide opportunities for faculty collaboration and sharing especially for those professors who are teaching their discipline for the first time.

A post on the Best Practices blog called on law professors to share  their selection of a coursebook,  learning goals and outcomes,  formative assessment techniques, etc. for the teaching of Contracts.

 One professor, responded: “My syllabus and powerpoint slides can be found on West’s Law School Exchange (http://exchange.westlaw.com).  Click on Groups, then on Recently Created Groups, then scroll down to “Contracts with Crandall & Whaley.”

Here is a list of collaboration tools for law professors-

Law School Exchange –  an online community that allows law school faculty to share, digitally publish, and find scholarship and teaching materials in collaboration  with an online community of peers. LSE also seamlessly integrates with TWEN. Once added to TWEN, material may be moved in and out of folders, hidden from students, and displayed upon entry. For more information, go to http://exchange.westlaw.com

Cali’s Classcaster –  provides faculty of CALI member schools with a way to interact with students and other law school communities. Through  the creation of a blog, faculty can upload audio recordings of their classes which can be listened to by students and other faculty. For more information, go to: http://classcaster.org

Cali’s Lawdfiles -10 minute audio recordings of law professors answering a very specific question that students will likely encounter in law school. For more information, go to: http://www.cali.org/content/lawdibles 

Cali Lessons – are developed by CALI, authored by law professors, used by law students, broken down into different topics under each class subject, and authored in a way that uses interactivity and variety as teaching techniques to help students master what is taught in law school. There are over 800 lessons in the CALi database.  These lessons can be linked to TWEN and LexisNexis web course. For more information, go to: http://www.cali.org/

 Cali’s Legal Education Commons – a  place to find and share legal education materials including cases, syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more.  Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials. For more information, go to: http://www.cali.org/content/legal-education-commons

 Westlaw Twen  – an online extension of the law school classroom where professors can post syllabi, course materials, weblinks, audio recordings, ppt slides, etc. Professors can make their TWEN course available for National enrollment or allow other professors at their own school access to their courses. For more information, go to: https://lawschool.westlaw.com/shared/marketInfoDisplay.asp?code=MI&id=266 (must be logged in with WestLaw id).

 LexisNexis Web Courses – similiar to TWEN.  Professors can enroll in other courses other than their own. For more information, go to: http://www.lexisnexis.com/lawschool/webcourses/faq_faculty.asp 

Cali’s eLangdell –  an online tool for creating, remixing, editing, and publishing legal coursepacks or even casebooks.  Law professors can submit a proposal to CALI for a writing a chapter and if accepted, CALI will publish it as an e-book.

 Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT) – Albany Law School has created a web site to document ongoing reform and to support teaching and curriculum enhancement. The site links to  law teaching resources, Albany Law inititiatives and the Best Practices blog .  For more information, go to: http://www.teachinglawstudents.com.

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, organized by Gonzaga University School of Law and Washburn University School of Law,  provides materials that can be used to enhance teaching and learning in law school. It also publishes The Law Teacher twice a year. Professors are encouraged to submit brief articles explaining interesting and practical ideas to help other law professors become more effective teachers. For more information, go to:  http://lawteaching.org/

Law Professor Blogs is a network of blogs designed to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching. Each site focuses on a particular area of law and combines both regularly-updated permanent resources and links, and daily news and information of interest to law professors. For more information, go to: http://www.lawprofessorblogs.com/

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