4 November 2010: Law Debating in Virtual Classrooms

Pauline Collins (Lecturer in Law, University of Southern Queensland, Australia) and Peter Evans (Learning and Teaching Support Unit, University of Southern Queensland, Australia)

Brief synopsis: Wimba online classroom has been used to provide equality in assessment for on-campus and external law students by enabling all students to participate in formal team debates using video and audio. Law in Context is a first year course offered multi-modally at University of Southern Queensland (USQ) (external and on-campus at Toowoomba and Springfield) to around 170 undergraduates and 40 postgraduate students annually. Wimba is used in several ways: first to enable each student team to prepare and practice their debate, and second to hold the debate in front of an audience of their peers and receive an adjudication assessment. The assessment involves oral presentation skills, technology skills, team work and critical thinking. A triangulated marking process involving self and peer assessment as well as lecturer input and external assessment by a qualified Qld Debating Union Adjudicator overcomes many of the issues often associated with team assessments, at the same time as encouraging lifelong learning. The virtual classroom also allows the debates to be recorded and this is available for learning and audit purposes.

This event was hosted by University of Adelaide, Australia and started at 5.00pm (GMT +10.30) [duration: 1 hour].

You Tube version (Flash video)

A screen cast of the session in 5 parts. 

Start playing via You Tube (as a play list): http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=05E0F0A7C0621A2E (You can choose to view in standard definition or high definition or in full screen mode).

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