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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

AALS Poster Project: Courtney Lee's Bringing Academic Support to Life with Technology

Courtney Lee presented the poster Bringing Academic Support to Life with Technology ( Download Lee Poster):

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Professor Lee is the Director of Academic Success and a Lecturer in Law at the University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where she teaches Principles of Agency and Practical & Persuasive Legal Writing. She also runs and teaches in the school's First Year Skills Hours Program. In addition, she is the Co-Director of the Western Association of Academic Success Professionals.

Professor Lee is the Co-Editor (with Timothy Naccarato) of Cases and Materials on Principles of Agency, 2010 edition and the Editor of Practical and Persuasive Legal Writing Case Materials (2009). She is also the author of Find Them on Facebook: Using Facebook to Reach Students Where They Already Go, The Learning Curve, Fall 2009.

She gives the following description of her poster:

This Poster describes several methods by which I have successfully incorporated technology into my Academic Support Program.  First, Facebook has revolutionized my bar support efforts by allowing me to reach students where they already go, as opposed to using email, printed flyers, and other less effective means of communication.  I am now able to post advice, information, media, links, and events all in one place that students visit regularly and voluntarily.  Students also seem more willing to reach out to me through Facebook than they are by email or phone. 

Second, using a blog in conjunction with Facebook allows me to reach students who do not have a Facebook account.  It also enables me to post text with more formatting, making longer posts easier to read and key ideas easier to highlight.  Blog posts are also easily linked to Facebook. 

Third, YouTube's Annotations software makes linking between videos fast and easy.  For example, I used it to create a multiple choice question video:  students viewed the question video, and then clicked on one of four possible answers (themselves each linked to a different video). The students were then directed to an answer explanation video; and if they chose an incorrect answer, they could click a link taking them back to the question so they could try again.  If they chose the correct answer, they could click a link taking them to the next question.  This is only one example; there are countless other potential applications of this software, and conveniently, YouTube videos can be shared through both Facebook and blogs. 

Finally, Google Docs allows groups of people to edit the same electronic document in real time.  This is especially helpful in explaining IRAC and written organization.  For instance, a professor uploads a poorly-organized exam answer into Google Docs.  The professor can then guide a group of students as they take turns editing the answer and discussing those edits, which immediately appear on all users' computers.  When finished, the professor can then save the final product in .pdf format, upload it to his or her blog, and share the link through Facebook.  In addition to adding interactivity to a classroom experience, this software can also enhance a distance learning program."



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