Each month, the Institute for Law teaching and Learning offers an “Idea of the Month” for law school teachers. Some ideas include the use of technology. Here are a few:
- March 2013 – Videotaping Classes to Free Up Face to Face Time for Discussion – Heidi Holland found herself in need of an inventive idea to help her make up a class she missed due to sickness… she decided to videotape herself doing research (on one Code of Federal Regulation fact pattern) with the IT person following her around the library with a camera. She used TWEN to post 10 different Code of Federal Regulation fact patterns one of which the students were required to choose and research as well as her own instructional video.
- February 2013 – Virtual Office Hours – When a snow day fell one week before 1L students had to hand in their midterm appellate briefs, this professor decided to keep his normally scheduled office hours, but in a TWEN chat room.
- December 2011 – Moving Lectures Outside of the Classroom – Professor Garver was actually “flipping the classroom” before we called it that. He assigned students to view a small number of short videos before class. In class, he assessed the students’ learning with clicker questions, and then used the rest of class time for small group work.
- August 2009 – Practice and Feedback –
- Create a short multiple-choice practice test and have students take the test on TWEN or Blackboard
- Integrate one or two multiple-choice questions into your PowerPoint slides and use one of the Classroom Response Systems out there (the clickers or CALI’s) to provide immediate, on-the-spot feedback
More details on these law professors’ use of technology can be found here.