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From black and white to colour: engaging and educating the screen addicts of 2011


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Presentation from BIALL Conference 2011, held in Gateshead, UK. Covers creation of a legal skills wiki, Learnmore, part of the Lawbore suite of resources from The City Law School. Covers problems faced by academics and librarians re teaching legal skills and how the Learnmore site has helped turn things around.

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From black and white to colour: engaging and educating the screen addicts of 2011

  1. 1. From black and white to colour; engaging and educating the screen addicts of 2011<br />Emily Allbon - Law Librarian – City University London <br />@lawbore [for BIALL Conference : June 16th 2011]<br />
  2. 2. Looks do matter!<br />Oo-er<br />Yikes!<br />Ahhh…<br />
  3. 3. At City<br />Portal for law students at The City Law School<br />Created in 2002/03<br />Topic guides, Hub (community stuff), Future Lawyer Blog (law careers) and Learnmore (multimedia legal skills wiki)<br />Open to everyone! <br />
  4. 4. What are we facing? <br />LALALALALA…<br />I’m not interested in any of this library stuff! <br />
  5. 5. Better and targeted research<br />Search engine holding all the answers? <br />Surface learning<br />Internet stealing away our capacity to concentrate <br />Spence (2004) ‘we’re on the web all the time. We can find the information we need’<br />
  6. 6. The big challenge: engaging students<br />Independent learners<br />Legal skills are fundamental to making great lawyers <br />Inform how they adapt to substantive law teaching<br />Lifelong and deep learning<br />
  7. 7. Existing problems for engagement<br />Skills gap with transition from A-levels to degree<br />Lecture/tutorial model<br />Managing student expectation<br />Subject can be dull!<br />
  8. 8. So what did our resource have to be/do?<br />Resource-based <br />Focused around the students <br />Available 24/7 <br />Promote independence and academic confidence<br />Embedding real-life – learning through practice<br />Lots of multimedia<br />
  9. 9. Visual = King<br />Connected world in which our students reside<br />Has to look good or <br /> no-one will care about <br /> the content<br />
  10. 10. What do the students think about Learnmore as a learning resource? <br /> ‘Different resources – online tutorials, slideshows and videos – present the information in a fun and stimulating way...’ <br />‘It helps to have lots of different types of resources to learn from, not being reliant on always learning by reading!’ <br />‘Suits different people and how they study’ <br />‘It gets intense going through textbooks as reading can become a chore – nice to have something to lighten it’ <br />
  11. 11. Let’s take a look…<br />
  12. 12. Mooting resources on Learnmore <br /><br />Prezis – e.g. Saying it right or Judges: Scary or Softies<br />Talking slideshows – e.g. What is Mooting? Researching for a Moot and Bundles<br />Basic documents – e.g. example skeleton arguments<br />Video – see Take it from the Students for roundtable discussions with mooters and Mooting Top Tips for some practical and (sometimes funny) what not to do’s. <br />
  13. 13. What do the students think are the most important legal skills? <br />
  14. 14. Why does multimedia help? <br />I’m that type of learner/everyone learns by different methods – closes the learning gap<br />More interesting medium<br />Get the chance to watch it again <br />More fun to work so I concentrate more/get us students working with a greater passion<br />Makes it stick more in my mind/ideal for people who are more ‘hands-on’<br />Able to visually see things<br />Variety of resources is refreshing, not dull and boring like a book<br />Breaks up lectures/visuals can be beneficial from the daily monotonous lecturers talking<br />
  15. 15. What methods did we chose…<br />Text<br />Testimonials<br />Video<br />Prezi<br />Talking slideshows<br />Guidance pieces<br />
  16. 16. Research on Learnmore<br />
  17. 17. Peer learning<br />71% of LLB students surveyed - value mix of advice from lecturers and other students <br />Learnmore encourages current students and alumni to get involved<br />
  18. 18. Law profs….yawn…<br />“Law professors’ personal stories about ‘how I learned it’ –somewhat meaningless and antiquated. ..Novice peers, are perfect mirrors to help each other reflect and regulate law student learning” (Herndon, 2010)<br />And then in 1974…<br />=<br />
  19. 19. “Felt inspired by reading about what others in our position have achieved”<br />
  20. 20. What’s next? <br />Essay writing feedback tool with audio hotspots<br />Lots more alumni & current student content<br />Better integration in Moodle<br />Another platform? <br />
  21. 21. Questions? <br />
  22. 22. Go check out Lawbore & Learnmore!<br /> <br />
  23. 23. References<br />Carr, Nicholas (2010) The Web Shatters Focus, Rewires Brains, May 24 2010<br />Claydon, Lisa (2009) Engaging and motivating student: assessment to aid student learning on a first year core law module, The Law Teacher 43(3)(Dec) p.269-283<br />Herndon, Lynn C. (2010) Help you, help me: why law students need peer teaching UMKC L. Rev, 78, p.809<br />Nicholas, David and Rowlands, Ian (2008) Information Behaviour of the Researcher of the Future, <br />Spence, Larry (2004)The usual doesn’t work: why we need problem-based learning portal:Libraries and the Academy 4(4) p.485-493<br />
  24. 24. Image credits <br />Slide 1: ‘Eyes are the mirror of the soul’ by rAmmoRRison<br />Slide 2: ‘Rolf Harris’ by Beacon Radio<br />Slide 4: ‘Lalala…I don’t wanna hear this! By hebedesign<br />Slide 5: ‘The brain typography’ by labguest<br />Slide 6: – ‘put your hand up if you're having a good time’ by vern<br />Slide 7: ‘mind the gap’ by limaoscarjuliet<br />
  25. 25. Image credits<br />Slide 8: ‘Laptop’ by sp3ccylad<br />Slide 9: ‘king club’ by oknovokght<br />Slide 16: from Big Walk on Water website<br />Slide 17: ‘Professor Finger Puppet’ by abbey*christine and ‘The famous yawn - cc licence’ by Hilary Quinn<br />Slide 19: ‘Questions’ by Marcus Ramberg<br />