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My book, Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age was published in January. More information about the book can be found here.

I gave a presentation in Indianapolis in July at the 2008 biennial conference of the Legal Writing Institute about teaching legal writing online. My presentation, with the slides in several formats and supporting resources, can be found here.
 
I gave a presentation in New York about laptops in the classroom at the 2008 American Association of Law Schools meeting; it was part of a debate about whether they should be banned.  An overview of my contribution to this program, together with the slides, can be found here.
 
I have created a new page that contains links to all my student evaluations since I started teaching full time at DU.  You will find it here.
 
 
 
 
   
 

Institute for Law Teaching and Learning -

Using a Wiki to Increase Student Engagement in Administrative Law

This page supports a presentation I gave on June 24, 2009 in Spokane, Washington at the Gonzaga Law School. The presentation described the use of wikis in two ways as part of my Administrative law class: 1) The students used a wiki to create the outline for the class, and 2) they used the wiki to create group research projects on ten different Federal Agencies.

Here are some resources that may be helpful to people who attended the presentation, or even those who did not.

PowerPoint:

This is a copy of the PowerPoint I used. (I actually used a Keynote presentation on a Mac, but this is the exported version from Keynote into PowerPoint format).

Links to Free Wiki Sites: 

Although in my presentation, I described how I used the wiki plug-in for the Blackboard courseware system, there are many free wiki sites on the Internet. I briefly showed a few of them: PBWorks, Clearwiki, Wikispaces, and Wetpaint. Most of these free sites let you set up a wiki and make it available to an unlimited number of users, but they put their advertising on it. For a fairly nominal charge, they will remove the advertising and add some other useful features.

Links to Other Resources about Wikis in teaching:

A helpful article on the subject (generally) of using wikis in teaching is Parker and Chao, Wikis as a Teaching Tool. A good article about evaluating student wiki projects is Wheeler, Yoemans and Wheeler, The Good the Bad and the wiki: Evaluating Student-generated Content for Collaborative Learning. Also helpful is Bruns & Humphreys, Wikis in Teaching and Assessment: The M/Cyclopedia Project.

There is a lot of information on the subject of teaching with wikis, and it is not hard to find through your search engine of choice. But these three articles provided above should be a good place to start.

Other related information:

Here is a link to the article I wrote on the subject of this presentation, which was published in the Fall 2008 issue of The Law Teacher (on p. 5).

Here is a link to the website for my book, Law School 2.0: Legal Education for a Digital Age (LexisNexis/Matthew Bender), which addresses related topics of technology in legal education, and which also describes the wiki projects described in this presentation. You might also be interested to visit my blog, where I write about the role technology can and will play in facilitating change in legal education.

Gonzaga University

Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington
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