Jeremiah Ho of University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Law (above) led a webinar entitled “Flipping of the Law Classroom: Infusing Active Learning Through Technology.”
Here are some of his key points:
- Flipped learning is not as popular in law school as in the undergrad classroom.
- It is predominately done through short video lectures
Challenges for law schools:
- competes with Socratic nature of law courses differently
- possible loss of investigative or pressing discussion
- could be difficult to do for complex doctrine
- relegates doctrinal instruction into a more static mode
The Problem Method (active learning) is more compatible with law school.
Bar prep course & legal writing courses work well with the flipped method
Why merge Active Learning with the Flipped Classroom?
- transfers issue-spotting from page to screen
- appeals to visual & auditory learning styles
- sensory experience of fact-play
- adds variety to tradition law instructional media
- comports with problem method
- Create a slide presentation that is colorful and with visual examples.
- Have students perform skits or create their own problems/hypos.
Variations of this theme:
- single-issue simulations
- as part of performance exams
- transactional law hypos
- combined with traditional flipped instruction
The following resources may be helpful:
- blog post about making educational videos –http://legaledweb.com/blog/
- blog post about using powerpoint on the Rapid e-learning blog – http://www.articulate.com/rapid-elearning/powerpoint-for-e-learning
- Go Animate. You have the ability to enter a script, and then the site takes care of the animation for you. Might be useful to display an exchange between characters. http://goanimate.com
- Livescribe – but can be difficult to use.
- Legaledweb web site has videos that can be used.
- So does YouTube
For more information on this topic, contact Professor Ho at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video of the webinar: