Friday, March 20, 2015
I'm in DC at the Igniting Law Teaching conference at American University Washington College of Law. I am hearing now from Matthew Homewood of Nottingham Law School on Mobile Devices in the Classroom.
He mentioned that he used to answer student questions via email. But then it was seen by only one student. So he had the idea to ask students to tweet questions to him. To entice them, he told his students that if they tweeted to him during a certain time period, we was sure to get back to them.
They did it. There were many good outcomes. One benefit was that the students had to really think about their questions to get the question down to 140 characters. Next, other students could see the conversation even if just lurking behind the scenes without engaging in the conversation. And, over time, some students started to answer the questions of their class colleagues. So, another benefit is learning socially from classmates.
It was a great talk and will be available soon on LegalED's website. If you want to watch today's conference live, it is being webcast at http://legaledweb.com/.