Using a Wiki to Increase Student Engagement in Administrative Law
The Law Teacher, Fall 2008
3 Pages Posted: 12 Feb 2010
Date Written: February 11, 2010
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.
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