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Lt conf 2011 drywood presentation

  1. 1. Dr Eleanor DrywoodLiverpool Law School
  2. 2.  LAW 335 Asylum and Immigration Law 3rd year optional module, available to students on the LLB Law programme Ran for first time in 2010-11, relatively rare option amongst comparator law schools Adopted a ‘new teaching model’ and innovative method of assessment
  3. 3.  12 weekly seminars, 50 mins: prescriptive/directed reading set in advance; short tasks (e.g. questions for reflection, notes on a particular area) (i.e. no lectures) Five topics, each with a ‘knowledge and understanding seminar’ and a ‘skills seminar’ Assessment is via a ‘portfolio’ (MCQs, advice letter, traditional essay) to test, and reward, a range of legal skills
  4. 4.  The nature of the subject:  Rapidly changing  Heavily statute based Characteristics of the student cohort:  Experienced law students  Existing interest in the area
  5. 5.  The seminars felt very positive:  Students seemed engaged and level of critical discussion was high  Very enjoyable to teach Mid-session feedback was good:  48% were ‘very happy’ with the module; 39% were ‘fairly happy’ with the module  In particular: opportunity for discussion, contemporary relevance of module, varied teaching methods, momentum generated by weekly seminars Results were excellent:  I – 30%; 2:i – 49%; 2:ii – 20%; 3 – 1%  Range: 49% - 81%
  6. 6.  Students need more direction to offset the lack of lectures  Topic summaries?  Podcasts?  More focused tasks? Sessions need to be longer  Increase to 90mins in 2010/11 Content/skills split overly artificial
  7. 7.  The importance of flexible teaching models to accommodate both the peculiarities of the subject and the strengths of the teacher Removal of ‘safety blanket’ provided by traditional teaching needs to be offset by clear expectations, organised teaching etc. Can modules be a victim of their own success?
  8. 8.  Background: law modules are traditionally assessed through an exam or coursework, consisting of a combination of essay and problem questions LAW 335 Asylum and Immigration Law ‘assessment portfolio’:  Multiple-choice test: 10% of module mark (threshold marking); 10 questions to be completed online over 90 minutes during Week 6  Advice letter: 40% of module mark; 1000 words, submitted at the end of Week 10 (beginning of Easter vacation)  Essay question: 50% of module mark; 1500 words, submitted in Week 13  Each component marked separately, but final mark given to the portfolio as a whole

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