Wednesday, January 7, 2009
This three hour series of demonstrations, panels and discussions is a follow-up to the 2007 plenary session on "Rethinking Legal Education for the 21st Century." Getting down to specifics this year, we will address some of the most promising and most troublesome possibilities in legal education: the integration of academic and skills training, the use of technology in the classroom and beyond, the assessment of student learning, the lessons that pedagogic theory offers about standard, often unexamined legal teaching methods, and the appropriate level of formality or informality between the classroom teacher and the students. At the core of these various issues, which will be presented through suitably varied formats, is a central question: What should law professors do to be effective teachers? Should they incorporate simulations into lecture classes, ask students to answer classroom questions en masse over the Internet, employ evaluation devices during the course of the semester, alter their approach in light of contemporary psychological theories, sing a song at the beginning of class? This program will offer a (necessarily brief) overview of path-breaking developments on these topics, and provide resources for further exploration.
I am speaking on a panel on Using Technology in the Law School Classroom,.beginning at 3:45 p.m. My talk is on Using Technology to Foster Active Student Learning.
Other Tax Prof speakers today are:
- Progress? The Academy, Profession, Race and Gender: Empirical Findings, Research Issues, Potential Projects and Funding Opportunities:
- Bevery Moran (Vanderbilt), Daniel M. Schneider (Northern Illinois) (3:45 p.m.), What Funding Is Available; How to Get It; Databases
- Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Across the Curriculum: The Challenges of Keeping Law Schools Current with Recent Developments in LGBT Issues
- Patricia A. Cain, Anthony M. Infanti (Pittsburgh), Barry Kozak (John Marshall), Janice McClendon (Stetson) (2:00 p.m.), Property, Conflict of Laws, Income Tax, and Employee Benefits
- David A. Brennen (Georgia; AALS Deputy Director), José M. Gabilondo (Florida International), Solomon Amendment and Beyond: Does Amelioration Ameliorate?
For today's complete schedule of topics and panels, see here.