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Innovative involvement not embarrassing imitation: using technology to connect with students without treading on virtual toes


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Presented at the BIALL Conference 18 June 2009, Emily Allbon gives her paper about connecting with law students via her website Lawbore, her teaching and the use of classroom clickers. Question slides (and answers) from the session are included. For full description of session:

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Innovative involvement not embarrassing imitation: using technology to connect with students without treading on virtual toes

  1. 1. <ul><li>Emily Allbon </li></ul><ul><li>City University London </li></ul>Innovative involvement not embarrassing imitation: Using technology to connect with students without treading on virtual toes
  2. 2. Why are you attending this session? <ul><li>The other one looked worse </li></ul><ul><li>Heard Emily goes bright red and stutters so wanted to see it in action! </li></ul><ul><li>Wanted to get some insight into what is done elsewhere </li></ul><ul><li>Heard about Lawbore and wanted to find out more </li></ul>
  3. 3. Notice us!
  4. 4. The Web 2.0 answer?
  5. 5. What happens at ?
  6. 6. Why is Lawbore great? …because it’s like a Mini… Deceptive capacity – loads crammed in! Fun to use Ingenious design touches to make life easier
  7. 7. Brand you can trust Clear vision Economical Lights up your life!
  8. 8. Oh man – these students are messed up – how can I help?
  9. 9. Images from law student hell #1 Students getting buried under vast quantities of information
  10. 10. Images from law student hell #2 Reliance on one or two textbooks and not much else….(blinkered to the joys of journals etc…)
  11. 11. Images from law student hell #3 Too many of them… … only one of me!
  12. 12. Images from law student hell #4 Isolation – need for a ‘community feel’
  13. 13. What do you believe is the biggest hurdle to student research? <ul><li>Too much information – no idea where to look </li></ul><ul><li>Limited reading </li></ul><ul><li>Spending too much time on facebook! </li></ul><ul><li>Something else </li></ul><ul><li>No idea </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>TOPIC GUIDES </li></ul><ul><li>Original bit of Lawbore </li></ul><ul><li>All courses taught at City represented (plus some extras) </li></ul><ul><li>Operated by sliding menu </li></ul>
  15. 15. Topic Guides <ul><li>Subject intro </li></ul><ul><li>Web links </li></ul><ul><li>Commentary </li></ul><ul><li>Hot docs </li></ul><ul><li>City-only filter </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs </li></ul>
  16. 16. Free publisher content!
  17. 17. Forum <ul><li>Threads: </li></ul><ul><li>Law Chat </li></ul><ul><li>Escape Law </li></ul><ul><li>Pro Bono </li></ul><ul><li>For Sale </li></ul><ul><li>Prospective Students </li></ul>
  18. 18. Everything the City Law student needs! <ul><li>Course notices </li></ul><ul><li>News </li></ul><ul><li>Key Links </li></ul><ul><li>E-Library….and more! </li></ul>
  19. 20. <ul><li>Know-how wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Split into categories </li></ul><ul><li>Video tutorials </li></ul><ul><li>Talking slide shows </li></ul><ul><li>FAQ’s </li></ul><ul><li>Student-written guidance material </li></ul>
  20. 21. Talking slide shows
  21. 22. Students getting involved…
  22. 23. Which newspaper recommended Lawbore as one of the top 7 websites for student lawyers (Jan 09)? <ul><li>The Guardian </li></ul><ul><li>The Sun </li></ul><ul><li>The Times </li></ul><ul><li>The Independent </li></ul>
  23. 24. New features for Lawbore? Twitter feed onto City Hub Careers blog Alignment with Lawbore Pro Greater content for Learnmore
  24. 25. <ul><ul><li>3 compulsory taught sessions </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>4 pieces of assessed work (workbooks, presentation, MCQ) </li></ul></ul>All 150 LLB students take the Reading the Law module with me
  25. 26. Using PRS - personal response systems – aka classroom clickers <ul><li>‘ Who wants to be a millionaire’-style </li></ul>
  26. 27. Why use ‘em?
  27. 28. T_I_T_R <ul><li>Y C O </li></ul><ul><li>R I F </li></ul><ul><li>E T W </li></ul><ul><li>G U T </li></ul>
  28. 29. What age range do you fall into? <ul><li>18-24 </li></ul><ul><li>25-31 </li></ul><ul><li>32-37 </li></ul><ul><li>38-45 </li></ul><ul><li>46-52 </li></ul><ul><li>53-60 </li></ul><ul><li>60+ </li></ul>
  29. 30. I have more friends online than in ‘real life’ <ul><li>Yes </li></ul><ul><li>No </li></ul>
  30. 32. Which of the following countries has the highest % of facebook users for the size of population? <ul><li>Canada </li></ul><ul><li>UK </li></ul><ul><li>Iceland </li></ul><ul><li>Chile </li></ul>
  31. 33. Which of the following tools do you see as the most significant for your library? (choose your top 2 , starting with first…) <ul><li>Blog </li></ul><ul><li>Wiki </li></ul><ul><li>Facebook/ MySpace </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>RSS </li></ul>
  32. 34. I managed to stay awake in Emily’s session <ul><li>Strongly Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Agree </li></ul><ul><li>Neutral </li></ul><ul><li>Disagree </li></ul><ul><li>Strongly Disagree </li></ul>
  33. 35. So what do the students think?
  34. 36. “ Having just had a manic term on the CPE just wanted to say thank you for all the work you put into Lawbore - it's phenomenal!” “ Lawbore is AWESOME, it really is. Helping lots with the revising.” “ I found your tutorial on mooting invaluable and referred it to anyone that has questions about mooting. It is really really well done” “ Learnmore is so useful and helpful! Such a support when everything is so new…” “ I love the fact the site is completely different to anything else out there: vibrant, stylish, attractive and interesting. Lawbore is totally focused on students.” “ Learnmore = a tutor on duty 24 hrs” Great graphics and has a real interactivity feel, the talking guides for law reports and citations are brilliant. Just the right tone of practical information with encouraging personality of your voice. I love the Moots guide - very funny. I have just come across your Lawbore portal and wanted to say how impressive it looks. Very inviting, easy to navigate and informative.
  35. 38. Thanks to the photographers on (Creative Commons) <ul><li>Slide 9: ‘Head in the Sand’ by Addictive_Picasso </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 10: ‘horse’ by harrymoon </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 11: ‘LeAnn's UF graduation 26’ by thatautguy </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 12: 127 Wednesday – isolation by roujo </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 21: ‘bench’ by y2kninjaa </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 25: ‘teach’ by C'bou </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 27: ‘Question!’ by –bast- </li></ul><ul><li>Slide 35: ‘ sleeping kid in NSC’ by rofltosh </li></ul>