Maximum Engagement: Utilizing Technology in Large Law School Classes To Engage Students, Create an Active Learning Environment, and Improve Learning

Faculty who teach large classes confront the long-existing challenge of making each class engaging and meaningful for all students. In this session, I will share practical ideas and best practices for using technology to facilitate maximum student in engagement and create an active learning environment in large classes. During this interactive session, I will discuss and demonstrate the use of interactive polls, QR codes, Google Forms, ExamSoft, multi-media, and other technology tools.

Learning goals:

•    Explore and gain insight into the creative ways to use multiple technological tools in large law school classes to increase active learning
•    Discuss best practices for the use of multiple technological tools in large classes
•    Discuss the pedagogical benefits of utilizing each demonstrated tool

This session will offer suggestions that can be utilized by those new to using technology in the classroom as well as those experienced with the use of technology in the classroom. 

About the Speaker:

April Dawson received a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and was a computer programmer before attending law school. After more than a decade of practicing law as a trial and appellate attorney, she joined the faculty at NCCU Law where she teaches Constitutional Law, a Supreme Court Seminar, Administrative Law, and Torts. She has given a number of presentations on legal pedagogy and the use of technology in legal education. She was selected as Teacher of the Year by the students in the 2016-2017 school year and the 2013-2014 school year.

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