Legal Education

Learning by Doing: The Benefits of Experiential Learning in Animals and the Law: (2016) 11 Australian Animal Protection Law Journal 17 – In recent years, I have added several experiential learning elements to my course on animals and the law, as:  I illustrate in this video blog. In this article, I describe the experiential elements I use in the course, and make a case for the benefits of doing so. Finally, I look more broadly at ways in which experiential tasks in the classroom can benefit a student’s educational experience. A copy of the draft is available online.  [Accepted for publication in the Australian Animal Law Protection Journal – Final Draft Submitted]

The Flipped Classroom: How The Use of Technology Outside the Classroom Can Make Law Classes More Productive and Enjoyable [with Craig Forcese]: [2015] Canadian Legal Education Annual Review 117 – This article follows up on the research I’ve done on “capsules” by exploring the rationale and “nuts and bolts” of using prerecorded material in a flipped classroom environment.  A joint project with Craig Forcese of the University of Ottawa – another proponent of the technique – this article builds upon a workshop held in Ottawa in October 2013, and explores our experiences with the flipped classroom in law school.  A copy of this is available online.

Taking Instruction of Law Outside the Lecture Hall: How the Flipped Classroom Can Make Learning More Productive and Enjoyable (for Professors and Students) (2014) 51 Alta L Rev 891: This article reviews my experience in teaching the Law of Evidence, with particular emphasis placed on my decision to create “capsules”, short video lectures that explain the “black letter law” of a topic, allowing for more time to discuss in the classroom.  In it, I  explain my rationale for using this teaching technique, and review its efficacy.  A copy of this is available online.

Charting the Growth of Animal Law in Education (2008) 4 Journal of Animal Law 105:  In late 2006,  I began conducting research on the state of animal law education internationally, as I believe it is useful to track the increase of animal law courses worldwide as a means of demonstrating the viability of this area of scholarship.  This article provides a statistical analysis of the growth of this area of law study by examining how, where and when new animal law courses have sprung up internationally. This paper can be downloaded from the Social Science Research Network by clicking here.

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