2011 Institute for Law Teaching and Learning

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning 2011 conference, “Engaging and Assessing Our Students,” was held June 1-3, 2011 at New York Law School and technology was a popular thread in many of the presentations.

Some of the technology-related sessions included:

  • Franciscus Haupt, from University of Pretoria, presented on audio and visual aids that can be used to engage students when the subject matter may be perceived to be boring or complex.
  • Tom Gear, from Irving, Texas, gave a hands-on introduction to the iPad and discussed its potential uses to engage students preparing for mock trial.
  • Bruce Carolan, from Department of Law, Dublin Institute of Technology, provided examples of eLearning Resources (wikis, threaded discussions, email, ePortfolios) that could be used to enhance the study-abroad experience.
  • Kim Morse, from St. Louis University School of Law, studied the actual extent of law students off-task laptop behavior. She found that some students on laptops were off-task but not as many as we would think and that it had no negative effect on their final grade.  She offered the suggestions  for re-directing students attention away from off-task behavior.
  •  April Barton, from Villanova University School of Law, spoke about the use of technology in the law classroom of the (near) future which can engage students and teach them leadership principles: 
      • Experiential Learning – video & 3D simulations
      • Social Learning
      • Mobile Learning
  • David Epstein, Kirk Burkhalter, and David Johnson, from New York Law School, demonstrated an Electronic Card Game designed to teach the relevance and weight of legal authorities. They also proposed to create a network of law schools, law professors, practitioners, law students and others to collaborate to develop and distribute interactive, online games and simulations designed to enable legal learning.
  • John F. Murphy, Texas Wesleyan School of Law, discussed using videos to teach and even had attendees produce, edit, and post a short video on YouTube .
  • Ira Nathenson, St. Thomas University School of Law, focused the use of live websites in role playing. simulations.

Handouts from the conference can accessed HERE.

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