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Class Participation As A Learning And Assessment Strategy In Law: Facilitating Students’ Engagement, Skills Development And Deep Learning, Alex Steel, Anna Huggins, Julian Laurens Jan 2013

Class Participation As A Learning And Assessment Strategy In Law: Facilitating Students’ Engagement, Skills Development And Deep Learning, Alex Steel, Anna Huggins, Julian Laurens

Alex Steel

Well designed assessment can be a vehicle for encouraging students to learn and engage more broadly than with the minimums required to complete the assessment activity. In that sense assessment need not merely ‘drive’ earning, but can instead act as a catalyst for further learning beyond what a student had anticipated. In this article we reconsider the potential roles and benefits in legal education of a form of interactive classroom learning we term assessable class participation (ACP), both as part of a pedagogy grounded in assessment and learning theory, and as a platform for developing broader autonomous approaches to learning ...


Good Practice Guide (Bachelor Of Laws): Law In Broader Contexts, Alex Steel Jan 2013

Good Practice Guide (Bachelor Of Laws): Law In Broader Contexts, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

This Good Practice Guide was commissioned by the Law Associate Deans Network to support the implementation of Threshold Learning Outcome 1: Knowledge. The Threshold Learning Outcomes (TLOs) for the Bachelor of Laws were developed in 2010 as part of the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards (LTAS) Project, led by Professors Sally Kift and Mark Israel. TLO 1 states: Graduates of the Bachelor of Laws will demonstrate an understanding of a coherent body of knowledge that includes: (a) the fundamental areas of legal knowledge, the Australian legal system, and underlying principles and concepts, including international and comparative contexts, (b) the broader ...


Broader Social Context As A Lens For Learning: Teaching Criminal Law, Alex Steel, Melanie Schwartz Jan 2013

Broader Social Context As A Lens For Learning: Teaching Criminal Law, Alex Steel, Melanie Schwartz

Alex Steel

This chapter considers how best to teach criminal law in broader social contexts and beyond a focus on positivist doctrinal accounts. It provides examples of how broader social science research could be included within a criminal law curriculum.


Clarifying Assessment: Developing Official Typologies And Instructions For Forms Of Assessment In Law, Alex Steel Jan 2013

Clarifying Assessment: Developing Official Typologies And Instructions For Forms Of Assessment In Law, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

Law students are expected to complete a range of assessment throughout their degree, and do so with varying levels of success. Increasingly, research has examined the ways in which student performance can be enhanced. While much focus has been on how to best to provide students with feedback that can be acted on, this paper examines the extent to which standardisation of the way in which assessment tasks are described could assist students. The use of the same name to describe different variations of an assessment task can create confusion for students and for new members of staff. Research demonstrates ...


‘Works Well With Others’: Examining The Different Types Of Small Group Learning Approaches And Their Implications For Law Student Learning Outcomes, Julian Laurens, Alex Steel, Anna Huggins Jan 2013

‘Works Well With Others’: Examining The Different Types Of Small Group Learning Approaches And Their Implications For Law Student Learning Outcomes, Julian Laurens, Alex Steel, Anna Huggins

Alex Steel

In the current regulatory climate, there is increasing expectation that law schools will be able to demonstrate students’ acquisition of learning outcomes regarding collaboration skills. We argue that this is best achieved through a stepped and structured whole-of-curriculum approach to small group learning. ‘Group work’ provides deep learning and opportunities to develop professional skills, but these benefits are not always realised for law students. An issue is that what is meant by ‘group work’ is not always clear, resulting in a learning regime that may not support the attainment of desired outcomes. This paper describes different types of ‘group work ...


Unsw Law School In The Assessment Project, Alex Steel Jan 2013

Unsw Law School In The Assessment Project, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

This chapter outlines the approach UNSW Law took to developing a whole of curriculum approach to assessment . It included an audit of assessment practices, surveys of student attitudes and experiences and the development of program and course learning outcomes that were mapped across the curriculum.


Answering Legal Problem Questions In A Grid Format, Alex Steel, Dominic Fitzsimmons Dec 2012

Answering Legal Problem Questions In A Grid Format, Alex Steel, Dominic Fitzsimmons

Alex Steel

The development of legal reasoning skills is a fundamental aspect of legal education. What has sometimes been called “learning to think like a lawyer” is a threshold competency that students must acquire before they can progress to more complex analysis of broader legal issues. This chapter discusses the use of problem-based scenarios to both engage students and to develop legal analysis. It outlines the threshold difficulties students must overcome in order to read texts as a lawyer and explains how use of a grid format answer – rather than an essay format – can both assist students to overcome these difficulties more ...


Renovating Or Innovating? The Current Curriculum Reforms At Unsw, Alex Steel Jan 2012

Renovating Or Innovating? The Current Curriculum Reforms At Unsw, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

This conference paper outlines the curriculum review process at UNSW as it was in 2012. The paper reflects on the history of the law school and the success of the review processes.


Building A Curriculum Framework: Law, Lawyers And Society, Alex Steel, Glen Jeffreys Jan 2006

Building A Curriculum Framework: Law, Lawyers And Society, Alex Steel, Glen Jeffreys

Alex Steel

This report describes the development a model for sustainable curriculum development and re-invigoration in the School of Law, using LAWS 6210 Law, Lawyers and Society as a case study. In many approaches to curriculum review, there is an assumption that the rationale for the course is already determined and the review process is merely about deciding which teaching materials, or mode of teaching, are the best methods by which to achieve the aims. However, the approach described in this report allows each participant to share their understanding of what the course meant to them, therefore providing a much richer understanding ...


Criterion Rubric For Research Essays, Alex Steel Jan 2005

Criterion Rubric For Research Essays, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

A detailed criterion rubric for legal research essays.


Criterion Rubric For Class Participation, Alex Steel Dec 2004

Criterion Rubric For Class Participation, Alex Steel

Alex Steel

A criterion based rubric for assessing class participation in law.