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An Active Learning Smorgasbord for Teaching Evidence

Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, Vol. 4, No. 1/2, 2011

ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-03

11 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2012  

Molly T. O'Brien

Australian National University - ANU College of Law

Date Written: December 1, 2011

Abstract

The challenge of teaching evidence or civil procedure is to devise a classroom experience that provides students with the contextual background of courtroom dynamics and opportunities for active engagement. This paper describes a variety of techniques that are effective for transforming the traditional law lecture into an interactive experience. Theme songs animate the classroom; high-impact images improve students’ ability to recall and relate doctrinal information to their experience; and quiz games and question slides and video give students to opportunity to actively engage in in-class legal decision-making. The techniques described here can be used together or separately to create an active learning experience that provides context for understanding and motivation for advanced study.

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O'Brien, Molly T., An Active Learning Smorgasbord for Teaching Evidence (December 1, 2011). Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, Vol. 4, No. 1/2, 2011; ANU College of Law Research Paper No. 12-03. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1988568

Molly Townes O'Brien (Contact Author)

Australian National University - ANU College of Law ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory Territory 0200
Australia
02-6125-0437 (Phone)

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