Using a Wiki to Increase Student Engagement in Administrative Law

3 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2010

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David I. C. Thomson

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Date Written: February 11, 2010

Abstract

Administrative Law is a vast topic, and teaching it in a manner students can easily comprehend is difficult. Active learning teaching techniques can help, but are harder to implement in a large class. The use of wikis - software designed to support collaborative writing - can help to involve students more actively in their learning. This article describes two different uses of wikis in the teaching of Administrative Law. First, it describes how students used a wiki to collaboratively create the outline for the course, which - along with the textbook - was all they could take into the final exam. Second, it describes how in groups of five, students used the wiki to prepare research sites on 11 federal agencies, which they presented to the class (one per week). This brief article describes how the use of wikis in these two ways led to increased student engagement in what is traditionally considered a less than exciting course.

Suggested Citation

Thomson, David I. C., Using a Wiki to Increase Student Engagement in Administrative Law (February 11, 2010). U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 10-04. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1551379

David I. C. Thomson (Contact Author)

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.du.edu/index.php/profile/david-thomson

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