Glasgow Workshop: Interactive teaching methods

IMG_7400.JPGThe workshop was organised by David McQuoid-Mason, Patricia McKellar and Helena Whalen-Bridge as an informal pre-conference workshop for conference delegates.

Delegates attended from several jurisdictions around the Commonwealth, and were joined by members of GCU-LEAD, the Learning Enhancement and Academic Development centre at Glasgow Caledonian University.

IMG_7403.JPGThe workshop encouraged delegates to think about how law is taught and how interactivity can be built into even the largest lectures of 1,500 students.

As an example of small group interactive teaching, the ‘pen game’ was played.  This was an effective way to introduce the rule of law, and explain how arbitrary rules lead to uncertainty and unrest.  For full instructions of how to play this game, see the bullet point games in this link.

IMG_7405.JPGDelegates then shared other ways that games could be used to facilitate learning and teaching in law before taking part in a game of ‘Triads’.  Participants were assigned a number from 1 to 3 and then given time to prepare their case for or against an issue.  The 1s were representing a client, 2s were to be judges and the 3s representing the State.  The judges would decide and give reasons for one party after hearing 5 minutes from each.  This game is also detailed here under the heading ‘Triads’.  This protocol could be applied to moot topics, case studies or other role play scenarios.

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