Public Interest Research, Collaboration, and the Promise of Wikis

Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing, Vol. 16, pp 1-11, Fall 2007

11 Pages Posted: 10 Mar 2008 Last revised: 10 Dec 2012

Thomas D. Cobb

University of Washington School of Law

Abstract

This article discusses the use of wiki technology to encourage active learning and collaborative problem solving in legal education. The article discusses a legal research and writing class in which students used a wiki site to collaboratively gather information related to a thorny disability and housing law issue and then to produce several projects from that research. One of the projects was published in the Clearinghouse Review, a poverty law journal. Other projects were distributed to relevant legal aid organizations for their use.

Keywords: legal writing, public interest, research, collaboration, technology, clinics, teaching methods

Suggested Citation

Cobb, Thomas D., Public Interest Research, Collaboration, and the Promise of Wikis. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1104322

Thomas D. Cobb (Contact Author)

University of Washington School of Law ( email )

William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States
206-543-6136 (Phone)

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