God, Queen and country: their place in a team assessment, using instantaneous audio visual communication technology, with external and on-campus students in a first year law course

Collins, Pauline (2009) God, Queen and country: their place in a team assessment, using instantaneous audio visual communication technology, with external and on-campus students in a first year law course. In: 64th Conference of the Australasian Law Teachers' Association: The doctor as GOD, the Corporation as QUEEN, What About the Country? (ALTA 2009), 5 - 8 July 2009, Sydney, Australia.

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Cutting edge technology has provided equality in assessment for on-campus and external students in a first year law course offered multi-modally, both externally and on-campus at two campuses, ninety-four kilometres apart, to around 170 undergraduates and 40 postgraduate students annually. This paper provides an evaluation of student responses to the team assessment item utilising ‘state-of the-art’ web conferencing tools facilitating online teaching and instantaneous audio visual communication (Elluminate-2007; Wimba-2008). The technology enables external students to present, as a team, live debates via audio and video. The course, Law in Context, models a team approach to legal work. Students must work together to produce an assessment item that engages them in critical thinking, oral communication and the art of argument, all vital to the practice of law. The findings reveal an overall positive response, with some areas for improvement. Implications are drawn from the evaluations, together with research on team assessment and the use of technology in higher-education learning, for academics teaching law in today’s globalised technological world


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author retains copyright.
Depositing User: Ms Pauline Collins
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Business - School of Law
Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2009 06:00
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: law; teaching; technology; Wimba; Elluminate; student teamwork
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
18 Law and Legal Studies > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/6147

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