The flipped classroom concept has been seeing a lot more attention in law schools of late. The idea is that students learn basic concepts outside of the classroom, typically through reading or the use of recorded lectures or lessons, and then come to the classroom to learn how to apply their new knowledge, discuss key concepts in depth, and demonstrate mastery of the material. in many ways this not so different from the traditional Socratic method employed in many law school lecture halls.
This year’s CALI Conference for Law School Computing, June 13 – 15, 2013, at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law features a number of sessions devoted to the flipped classroom. Three sessions will explore the real world application of the concept in different law schools around the United States and Canada. Other sessions will explore topics related to changes in the way the law is being taught including developing and using electronic course materials, building distance education components for courses, the use of gaming theory in teaching law, and the use of collaborative tools.
The sessions the deal directly with the flipped classroom model are:
- Flipping the Classroom in Legal Skills Courses
- Flipping the Law School Classroom: Using Technology Outside the Classroom to Engage Students in the Classroom
- Flipping Flop?: exploring whether guest lectures can use the flipped classroom format
Other sessions that touch on changing how law is taught include:
- H2O – Create Free Adaptable Digital Casebooks
- Games Theory: Engaging Students Through Games in the Classroom
- How do you deliver?… An example of how technology has changed the face of meetings and collaboration.
- How to Create a Distance Education Course
If you are interested in changes happening in legal education today and in interacting with the folks putting those changes into practice in law schools around the country, you should be in Chicago for the 23rd Annual CALI Conference for Law School Computing, June 13 -15 2013 at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law.
Did you know you can video archives of past CALIcons on the CALI Youtube channel?
**Disclaimer: I’m CALI’s Internet guy and am responsible for organizing the CALIcon agenda.