The student behind the avatar: using Second Life (virtual world) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students – a critical evaluation

Barnett, Eola and McKeown, Lindy (2012) The student behind the avatar: using Second Life (virtual world) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students – a critical evaluation. Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education, 8 (2). pp. 41-63. ISSN 1476-0401

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Abstract

In 2009 the virtual world Second Life (SL) provided a setting for the flexible delivery, in a sustainable cost effective courtroom, of an advocacy exercise to external students enrolled in a Criminal Law course (Law programs) at the University of Southern Queensland. In doing so SL added an enhanced overlay to the already widely recognized pedagogies regarding advocacy skill development through situated role play, which would not have otherwise been available to external students using alternative communication technology. 'The student behind the avatar: Using Second Life (virtual worlds) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students – a critical evaluation' explains the advocacy exercise skills development program in the Criminal Law course (USQ) as against professional accreditation requirements (Au) and pedagogical value. It discusses the positive and negative aspects of the delivery of the program to external students in a SL courtroom and presents the results of a survey of participating students regarding their advocacy experience in SL.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Authors retain copyright. Authors are encouraged to place their articles in institutional open access repositories.
Depositing User: Mrs Eola Barnett
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business and Law - School of Law
Date Deposited: 16 Sep 2012 06:04
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2013 23:32
Uncontrolled Keywords: virtual worlds; Second Life; legal education; advocacy; skills; teaching; learning
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180199 Law not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130205 Humanities and Social Sciences Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Economics, Business and Management)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/21872

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