Legal Skills workshops — first impressions

I’ve been meaning, for some time, to post about the pilots for the DEVELOP Project but various other deadlines and duties have prevented me from doing so.

On Thursday and Friday of last week, I ran a series of workshops for new students with Louise Hague from the School of Law. The workshops run in the first week of term every year and this year we were able to use the Portfolio Templates widget to improve the experience. The widget was used by almost 200 students and enabled Louise to concentrate more on talking about the purposes of each e-portfolio template than on explaining how to set the e-portfolios up.

I managed to collect completed paper-based feedback forms from everyone who attended but now have the lengthy task of typing up and interpreting the answers. In terms of the running of the workshop though, the widget seemed to work successfully; aside from a few minor glitches, a system crash, and a fire alarm everything went smoothly!

I hope to post more on this and other pilots soon.

About Guy

I am currently Enhancement Officer (for Education Technologies) at the University of Reading. I am also studying for a Masters in Research at the University's School of Systems Engineering.
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One Response to Legal Skills workshops — first impressions

  1. patparslow says:

    Alongside this we have been observing students left to their own devices trying to struggle to complete the instruction “You need to create a portfolio in Blackboard with ten pages in it, and share it with the instructors”. The students are studying computing related subjects and have previously (last year) created a portfolio, so are typically confident that they know what to do. The observations (which I am not mentioning for now) show a marked difference in student experience and efficacy of portfolio creation to those I believe have been seen in the pilots run by Guy ;-)

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