Utilizing Canvas for ALR short courses

Many law schools have moved from legacy learning management systems (i.e., Blackboard, Moodle, TWEN) to Canvas over the last few years.  This has happened while law school libraries have moved away from traditional service desk models and an increased expectation that law librarians serve a more formal teaching function either in first-year legal writing and research curriculum or in upper-division advanced legal research courses.  Many law schools have been experimenting with topical legal research, or legal technology, courses that may be offered as a single-unit short course.  This conference session will discuss how Canvas can be effectively utilized to teach these short courses.

Themes will include:

  • How to organize learning outcomes in Canvas
  • How to increase student participation using graded forum discussion exercises
  • How to integrate screen capturing tools (such as Camtasia) to create "flipped" lectures in Canvas
  • How to create collaborative research memo exercises using Google Docs
  • How to mimic "real-world" legal research exercises


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