Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Using Practical Simulations in Large Required Courses (Evidence) by Christian Sundquist.
"I have found that integrating experiential learning opportunities in class have led to significantly improved learning outcomes for students. Students are simply more engaged, more energized, and more passionate about learning when they are asked to apply the legal doctrine and theory they have learned in class to practical scenarios. The difficulty, of course, has been providing opportunities for students in LARGE classes to practically apply the material in a meaningful way, without detracting from the breadth of the lesson plan."
"Last Fall was different. While my class size was still fairly large (at around 45 students or so), I decided to provide ALL students with the opportunity to apply the law and policy they learned in class through a series of 'practicums' focusing on high-profile cases."
"The results of my “experiment” were generally quite positive. Similar to my other courses, I felt as a greater percentage of the class had a stronger understanding of core legal concepts following the practicums (such as hearsay, character evidence, and relevance). I believe my students were excited to take part in the practicums, and appreciated going through a novel way of learning the material (beyond the normal class discussion, student questioning, and working through problem sets). A number of my students commented during and after class that they were more practical learners, and that the exercises helped them finally understand evidentiary concepts that hitherto had been eluding them!"