Traditional methods of teaching legal research utilize in-class lectures and demonstrations followed by out-of-class assignments. In a "flipped classroom", introductory lecture and basic demonstration of content occurs before class through instructional videos. Students come to class prepared with background knowledge and a basic understanding of the research methodology. Class time becomes an opportunity for students to practice by working through realistic research exercises, necessary for skill-acquisition. The instructor monitors progress and engages students in the exercises. As students encounter individual research issues, the instructor can offer advice and strategies in the moment. This puts the proffered strategy in context for students, which fosters learning. It keeps students engaged in class and keeps content fresh for instructors. Students make better use of their instructors- expertise as they work through higher order levels of learning. This hands-on workshop will take attendees through the process of redesigning their legal research curricula to incorporate a flipped classroom.
Participants should bring a copy of their course syllabus and lesson plans or presentations. Participants will revamp their syllabus, work on creating instructional videos (including scripts), develop meaningful in-class exercises through the use of a case file, and learn tips on managing the "controlled chaos" of a flipped classroom.
Takeaway 1: Participants will be able to identify three ways in which reverse instruction ("flipping the classroom") can improve student learning in the advanced legal research classes they teach.
Takeaway 2: Participants will begin the process of modifying their own lecture-based syllabus to incorporate "flipped classroom" teaching.
Takeaway 3: Participants will be able to create instructional videos from a PowerPoint presentation in order to facilitate "flipped classroom" teaching and will identify three exercises that they can use in their own classrooms to increase student engagement.
Who should attend: Academic librarians who teach advanced legal research or legal research and writing classes
Track(s): Information Technology, Teaching, Reference, Research and Client Services
Registration fee includes: program, continental breakfast, and an afternoon snack.
AALL members: $200.00
Anna Russell has been the Electronic Resources librarian at the University of San Diego School of Law since 2011. She became the law library’s subject matter expert in tax law research in 2012. Before working at USD, she spent six years working for the federal government in the Department of the Navy and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. With a background in government information access, she monitors the ever-changing world of access to online information, particularly online legal and tax information in order to provide legal research instruction to USD law students on both advanced legal research topics and in the first year legal writing and research courses. She constantly stays abreast of current information technology tools and trends, co-authoring articles in 2013 and 2012 on digital authentication and mobile-tagging technologies as well as writing a scholarly piece on the legal implications of intimacy with machines in 2009. She is also webmaster for her local AALL chapter, SANDALL.