An Active Learning Smorgasbord for Teaching Evidence
Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association, Vol. 4, No. 1/2, 2011
11 Pages Posted: 20 Jan 2012
Date Written: December 1, 2011
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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