SXSWedu Blog: The Science of Learning

Note: I’m currently attending SXSWEdu in Austin, Texas.  Legal education (and education in general) needs turn to others to find out the best way we can create successful learners.  This conference is bringing together educators from all walks of life and encouraging trading and sharing of ideas and methods.  I thought a good way for […]

We’re Not Teaching What We Think We Are

There are many criticisms that could be, and have been, made about legal education.This blog post, will concentrate on one criticism of the traditional doctrinal class and discuss ways to address it. The focus of this post is on the fundamental disconnect between what we teach and what we test in legal education.

Improving Presentations with Learning Science

What kind of things should we consider when designing presentations for a learning environment? This blog post aims to link learning science theories with presentation development, and offers some practical applications that can improve the way we communicate learning information to students.

So you’d like to flip a class…

Update: For those of you who attended the ILTL Conference, and are looking for the files we used in our demo, you can find the scripts: GoodScript and NotAsGoodScript, the segments: GoodSegmented and NotAsGoodSegmented, and the slides: GoodSlides and NotAsGoodSlides, and the final presentation and video. If you’re reading this, you’re at least entertaining the thought of flipping a class, or maybe you’re sold […]

Five things I learned at the Reinvent Law Conference in Silicon Valley

by Aaron Dewald (@drtriathlon) “The future is already here.” This was the general idea that I got when I attended the first Silicon Valley Reinvent Law conference. I flew out to Mountain View with the director of marketing at the College of Law, Dana Wilson, to check out the conference. Since we’ve started the Center for Innovation in […]

Blending the First-Year Legal Classroom

Just posted a new blog at the Law School Ed Tech blog.  Today’s post is about flipping a first-year class, Contracts, by using online multimedia articles. With all the talk about blended learning, flipped classrooms, and the like, we wanted to visualize what that might look like in the legal classroom, but first lets take […]

The Rise, Fall, and Re-creation of the Counter-terrorism Simulation (Part 2)

By Aaron Dewald I posted part 2 of my blog today at the Law School Ed Tech Blog.  Here’s an excerpt: We needed to change the model. We equated high technology usage and realism with good learning outcomes. We never stopped to ask ourselves and assess ourselves if the technology facilitated a good learning environment to […]

The Rise, Fall, and Re-creation of the Counter-terrorism Simulation (Part 1)

By Aaron Dewald You’ve likely heard about the Counter-terrorism Simulation that we put on every Spring.  We’ve been going strong for around 6 years!  Today is the first post of two where I talk a little bit about the history and evolution of the Simulation.  If you’ve ever been interested in how it works, read […]

Dewald Guest Blogger for Law School Educational Technology Blog

For the month of Dec/Jan, Aaron Dewald will be the guest blogger for the Law School Educational Technology Blog hosted by the Computer Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) organization.