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Too cool for (law) school? Using technology to engage students in legal skills

Allbon, E. (2012). Too cool for (law) school? Using technology to engage students in legal skills. Paper presented at the BILETA 2012, 29 - 30 Mar 2012, Northumbria University Law School, Newcastle, UK.


Leading web portal Lawbore was first launched at City University by the law librarian in 2003, quickly connecting with students thanks to its bold, image-lead navigation and informal approach to presenting the law. In 2007 a new area, Learnmore, was added; a legal skills wiki born out of a desire to see the building blocks of law given more attention. It encompassed multimedia resources around mooting, research, legal writing and other skills. Collaboration with a new lecturer in 2010 kicked off a new era for the site - Learnmore is unique for its quirky style, utilisation of different mediums (text, video, audio, talking slideshows and prezi) and emphasis on student-collaborated content. Comments from students have been overwhelmingly positive: “Makes it stick more in my mind, ideal for people who are more “hands-on” and “the variety of resources is refreshing, not dull and boring like a book”. 2012 heralds a five-month JISC-funded Learnmore app development. This session will seek to look both at the practical elements of using technology to aid student learning in law and the pedagogical pros and cons of such a strategy. We explore the challenges involved in engaging students with the foundations of law (when all they want to do is start studying the ‘exciting’ subjects), alongside those involved in considering the best technological tool for embedding those skills. We discuss the fine line between using technology to connect via more informal means, and the risk of appearing to try to 'get down with the kids'.

Publication Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: Professional Services > Library Services
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