The Future of Legal Research: Teaching the Teachers

A symposium sponsored by

Chicago-Kent College of Law

Chicago, Illinois

May 18, 2007

  • Goals
    • Gain familiarity with adult learning theory as applicable to legal research instruction
    • Give students experience and confidence in face-to-face and classroom teaching
    • Teach students to use technological tools for asynchronous instruction
  • Assignments
    • Weekly presentations on readings
    • Pair presentations on legal research topics
    • Podcast introductions to legal research topics
    • Formal instruction: legal research clinics
  • Tools used
    • Powerpoint (disfavored)
    • Blogs and wikis (not emphasized)
    • Skype
    • Podcasting
  • Conclusions and lessons learned
    • Live instruction is hard to schedule
    • Podcasting can be surprisingly effective
    • Asynchronous instruction can meet students’ needs better than face-to-face instruction

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