Summer 2011: Engaging and Assessing Our Students

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The Institute's summer 2011 conference, "Engaging and Assessing Our Students" features plenary sessions on Engagement and Assessment by educational leaders, and over 50 workshops exploring techniques for engaging and assessing law students across the curriculum.

The conference will be June 1-3, 2011 at New York Law School in New York, New York.

Why Attend:
Improve Student Engagement and Assessment

During the conference participants will encounter new ideas about ways to engage students in and out of class, to involve students in a range of experiential and simulated learning exercises, and to help students gain knowledge, skills, and values. Consistent with the recommendations of Educating Lawyers and Best Practices for Legal Education, participants will also learn about techniques to engage students in selfassessment and refl ection and to conduct multiple sustainable formative and summative assessments, including collaborative assessments. In addition, conference participants will have opportunities to meet and work with other creative law teachers who love working with students. By the end of the conference, participants will leave with concrete ideas and materials to bring back to their students, colleagues, and institutions.

Who Should Attend

This conference is for all law school teachers and administrators who seek to improve student learning and seek to enhance techniques for assessing student learning outcomes.

Conference Structure:
Plenaries, Break-Out Sessions, Workshops

The conference opens with a welcoming reception for all participants on Wednesday evening, June 1.

For each of the next two days, Thursday, June 2 and Friday, June 3, the conference will start with an opening plenary session, which will be followed by a series of simultaneous workshop sessions (5 sessions on Thursday, 4 on Friday). Dinner, "A Taste of NY," will be provided Thursday evening; continental breakfast and full lunch will be provided both Thursday and Friday. The conference ends at 3 p.m. on Friday.

Session Handouts

Plenary Session

Engaging Our Students – Allowing Relational, Social and Legal Issues to Intersect in Legal Education
Engaging Students In and Out of Class
How (Not) to Present the Most Boring Lecture in the Curriculum
Teaching First-Year Contracts with Case Files
The iPad Goes to Trial
Long-Distance Engagement: Using eLearning to Enhance the Study Abroad Experience

Session 1

A Five-Lesson Framework for Reaping Dividends from Spontaneous Classroom Controversy
Student Grading of In-Class Quizzes
Connecting the Dots: Stimulating Law Students to Love the Law
Make Someone Happy! Developing Optimistic Learners and Learning Environments
Self-Assessment, Metacognition and Portfolios

Session 2

Redirecting Laptop Users' Attention: Lessons from the Field
Engaging Students with Havruta Style Learning
Reflecting Well: Guided Journaling to Improve Transfer of Learning
The Law Classroom of the (Near) Future
Electronic Card Game: An Innovative Method for Teaching Relevance and Weight of Legal Authorities
Integrating Mindfulness Theory & Practice into Trial Advocacy
Integrating the Three Apprenticeships in an Insurance Practice Course

Session 3

How Engaging Students Outside of the Classroom Will Engage Students Inside the Classroom
Engaging Students for Transactional Practice
Make It or Break It: Taking Assessment to the Next Level
Self-Assessment, Millennials, & Learning Portfolios

Session 4

Introducing Ethical Skills Exercises in First-Year Courses
Are My Innovations Improving Student Learning?
Gaming in the Classroom
Using Pop Culture to Teach Legal Research
Adding Collaborative and Formative Feedback Opportunities to Your Classes: How Grading by Design and Working Together Save the Day

Plenary Session II

Assessing Our Students – Assessment is Coming! What the New ABA Accreditation Requirements Mean for Your Classes and Your Law School
Formative Assessment Protocols: An Empirical Report from a Property Course
Using Rubrics to Assess and Engage Students
Formative Madlibs Assessment Tools
Assessment Challenges in Clinics: A South African Experience
Training Teaching Assistants to Provide Assessment Feedback

Session 5

Teaching Lawyer Effectiveness Across the Curriculum
Capturing the Interest of Civil Procedure Students Through Real-World Exercises
A Day-in-the-Life of a Transactional Lawyer: Negotiation, Ethics & Professionalism
Rethinking "Thinking Like a Lawyer": Towards a New Paradigm

Session 6

Early Intervention: Teaching Students How to Swim Instead of Throwing Them In and Hoping They Don't Sink
The Conscious Teaching Assistant 
Teaching an Integrated Course with a Hybrid Text 
Engaging Students Through Culture
YouTube Pedagogy: A Practical Guide
Motivating Students to Succeed 
Pouring Skills Content into Doctrinal Bottles

Session 7

The Greeks Go Back to Law School: A Guide to Integrating Collaborative Learning
Student-Centered Assessment: How to Include Student Voices in Shaping Pedagogical and Curricular Choices
Using Outcomes Assessment to Develop and Measure Acquisition of Practical Lawyering Skills
Teaching Law with Online Role-Playing Simulations
Integrating Real Life Practice, Micro-Lawyering, and Simulations

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