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Learning law through a lens: Using visual media to support student learning and skills development in law

Alternative Law Journal
Volume 41 Issue 3 (Sep 2016)

Abstract: In 2009 the Australian government funded the Learning and Teaching Academic Standards ('LTAS') project to identify and define academic standards and learning outcomes by discipline area, including law.1 The LTAS project identified six 'threshold learning outcomes' ('TLOs') for Australian graduates in the Bachelor of Law ('LLB') and Juris Doctor ('JD') degrees. The Council of Australian Law Deans subsequently endorsed the TLOs. TLO 5 relates to written and oral communication skills. In this article we examine two separate, but related, visual media projects that facilitate and support the development of this crucial learning outcome in law students at the University of Western Australia. In the first project Kate Offer created short films of courtroom scenes from a fictitious trial, loosely based on the Harry Potter books, which she used in large lectures in the core unit, 'Evidence'. For the second project, Natalie Skead made a film using the virtual reality platform, Second Life, which she used in small group teaching in the core unit, 'Equity and Trusts'.

To cite this article: Skead, Natalie and Offer, Kate. Learning law through a lens: Using visual media to support student learning and skills development in law [online]. Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, Sep 2016: 186-190. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=406607143022037;res=IELAPA> ISSN: 1037-969X. [cited 22 Jul 17].

Personal Author: Skead, Natalie; Offer, Kate; Source: Alternative Law Journal, Vol. 41, No. 3, Sep 2016: 186-190 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1037-969X Subject: Law--Study and teaching; Attorney and client; Practice of law; Social intelligence; Interpersonal communication; Peer Reviewed: Yes

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