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Mapping Social Media in Legal Education - SLS 2012 Conference Poster

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Mapping Social Media in Legal Education - SLS 2012 Conference Poster

  1. 1. Mapping Social Media and Innovation in Legal Education Michael Bromby: Discipline Lead for Law at The Higher Education Academy, Innovation Way, York Science Park, York YO10 5BR michael.bromby@heacademy.ac.uk @HEA_Law Reader in Law at Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road, Glasgow G4 0BA m.bromby@gcu.ac.uk @m_bro ABSTRACT FLEXIBILITY TRANSNATIONAL SOCIAL MOBILITY TITLE: Flexibility of PACE looks at part-time learners who are taking Transnational education promotes teaching across national Social mobility and social inclusion is one aspect of ‘retention and Mapping Social Media and Innovation in Legal Education longer to complete their programme. Flexibility of PLACE looks at boundaries within the UK or outside. This may be on a programme success’ which aims to promote access to the professions and BACKGROUND: learners studying whilst living at home or modular level; as a franchise or articulation model postgraduate study Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are seeking to improve the learning Advantages Advantages Advantages experience, and teaching through novel means is one mechanism to achieve this Physical barriers to collaborative work are removed through online interactions Removes the need for visits / flying faculty to other countries to teach Social media can involve practitioners as participants or used as case studies goal. The Higher Education Academy (HEA) supports 9 thematic areas to Work-load is set according to time availability or progression rate Promotes discussion of comparative issues from first hand experience Learners are increasingly equipped with or able to learn new skills enhance learning and teaching practice across all disciplines, of which the Disadvantages Disadvantages Disadvantages following are priority areas for 2012/13: flexibility of pace and place, Social groups are not maintained in the long-term as progression is not uniform Face-to-face and group cohesion can be lost over distance or over time zones Digital media literacy levels may be low or need augmenting for learning transnational education, social mobility and inclusion [1]. Social behaviour is difficult to establish without prior face-to-face engagement Cultural and linguistic barriers can prevent or confuse social aspects of learning Institutional barriers may prevent external contribution to learning environment OBJECTIVE: Directions Directions Directions This poster identifies areas of good practice where innovative use of collaborative The considered use of asynchronous and synchronous activities for PLACE Economic pressures: creative institutions will develop new competitive models Online working and training platforms will demand experienced graduates and interactive technology has been applied to legal education. The advantages Interactions between year groups or module cohorts for PACE Performance indicators will augment distance learning methods Newer models of scholarship and curation of resources and disadvantages of some current social media tools are explained briefly, and evaluated for the purposes of improving the student learning experience. Consideration is given to whether students are working collaboratively or independently, synthesising new or evaluating existing Wiki Discussion Forum Twitter materials, assessed formatively or summatively, and the level of both staff and student engagement required. Group collaboration: contributions can be made anytime from anywhere Text-based: moderation can be time-intensive Fast paced, widely used by the legal profession: time investment needed METHODS: Contribute to Wikipedia: [2] Correct, update or add new content to existing site Bulletin Boards: [10] Permanent resource for later revision; anonymous Q&As TweetCases: [16] summarise a case or principle therein in 140 characters Online case studies, learning and teaching journals and conference papers were Create a resource: [3] Mass collaboration improves upon individual work International cohorts: [11] Blend participants from other HEIs online Question the Expert: [17] pose questions or survey via twitter as a class searched to identify relevant examples of different types of social media, different Create annotated lists: [4] Notes indicate relevant of sources for coursework Reflection: [12] Reflective learning that scaffolds the classroom activities Twitter Fountain: [18] allocate a class hash tag for post-lecture Q&As applications and the attendant benefits that were obtained. RESULTS: Blog Podcasting iTunes U The findings illustrate a range of social media tools that may be used to enhance learning and teaching. By no means exhaustive, the results highlighted in this Voice or video: custom made or live recording of classroom activity Popular and accessible for most mobile devices: up-skilled staff needed poster illustrate a range of tools and modes of use to support the thematic goals. Individual posts: can engage other authors and draw comments Create content: [13] Video-conferencing and podcasting transnationally Taster Sessions: [19] individual lectures, promoting wider access and enrolment e-Portfolios: [5] Personal development, reflection, demonstrate progress CONCLUSIONS: Adopt/adapt: [14] Asynchronous audio offered to other law school students Keynote Speakers: [19] public lectures or keynotes speakers from events Referencing: [6] Authoritative blogs? How to reference breaking news A variety of methods exist which can enhance one or more of the thematic goals identified, although few contribute significantly to all three. This would suggest that a blend of different social media tools is required at present, dependent on the Horizon Learning Analytics exact objective. iTunes U and Game-based learning appear to have sufficient overlap but mainstream legal education is not yet fully developed to be supported Horizon Report 2012 identifies as 2-3 years from adoption: by these methods. Horizon Report 2012 identifies as 2-3 years from adoption: The use of web and social analytics to decipher meaningful trends such as Game-based Learning: Transactional simulations have existed for some time assessment predictions, curriculum gaps or needs, evidence of student THEMATIC GOALS [7], but we are yet to move into open-ended , challenged-based collaborative engagement during placements or teaching international cohorts [8] games [8] for legal education Flexibility Horizon Mobility Transnational Horizon Report 2012 identifies mobile apps and tablets as <1 year away: Predominantly non-UK content, although increasingly UK universities are moving into this market. May arguably be listed as Transnational in the future as content is typically delivered within an institutional VLE at present Examples of well-developed game-based learning institutions [9] Matching students for collaborative work by computer analysis [15] REFERENCES[1]. The Higher Education Academy (2012) “HEA Thematic Areas of Activity and Interest and Specific Priorities” [5]. P. McKellar et al (2008) Using e-Portfolios in Legal Education” UKCLE online resource [10]. R. Deazley (2003) “Biting the Bulletin” UKCLE online resource http://www.ukcle.ac.uk/resources/enhancing-learning- [15]. http://blogs.library.duke.edu/dukelibrariesinstruction/2012/02/17/learning-analytics-library-instruction/http://www.heacademy.ac.uk/assets/documents/HEA_2012-13_Thematic_Areas_6Aug12.pdf http://www.ukcle.ac.uk/projects/past-projects/eportfolios/ through-technology/durham/ [16]. M. Jones (2012) “Courting Controversy: Introducing Twitter into Law Teaching ” BILETA 2012 Conference[2]. N Witzleb (2009) “Engaging with the World: Students of Comparative Law Write for Wikipedia” [6]. M. Bromby (2010) “Web 2.0 and Unconventional Sources” Learning in Law Annual Conference 2010, Warwick [11]. M. 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