Beyond the Whiteboard: e-Learning in the Law Curriculum

QUT Law and Justice Journal – Special Edition in Legal Education , Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 105-132, 2012

Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/42

35 Pages Posted: 23 Jun 2012  

Rita Shackel

The University of Sydney Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2012

Abstract

This article discusses the development of an e-learning tool (the E-CAT) for teaching case analysis skills. The paper canvasses a range of issues that impact development of e-learning strategies in higher education and more specifically within the law curriculum. Of primary consideration are the pedagogical issues raised by the use of e-learning strategies and the need to balance clear educational objectives against the cost, time and technological limitations in developing and adopting e-learning tools and e-based teaching strategies. The paper argues that e-learning tools should be carefully crafted to promote active, critically engaged and reflective experiences for students that are consistent with the aspirations of higher education. The paper establishes the E-CAT as a pedagogically driven e-learning tool, which encourages deep and autonomous student learning and offers a model that can be adapted to teach a range of legal skills to students with diverse learning needs.

Keywords: e-learning, case analysis skills, blended learning, technology

JEL Classification: K10, K30

Suggested Citation

Shackel, Rita, Beyond the Whiteboard: e-Learning in the Law Curriculum (June 1, 2012). QUT Law and Justice Journal – Special Edition in Legal Education , Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 105-132, 2012; Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 12/42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2089261

Rita Shackel (Contact Author)

The University of Sydney Law School ( email )

New Law Building, F10
The University of Sydney
Sydney, NSW 2006
Australia

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