I’m not like everybody else - online forums and PLT

Greaves, Kristoffer 2011, I’m not like everybody else - online forums and PLT, in APLEC 2011 : Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Conference, unpublished,, pp. 1-60.

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Title I’m not like everybody else - online forums and PLT
Author(s) Greaves, Kristoffer
Conference name Australasian Professional Legal Education Conference (2011 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 10-12 Nov. 2011
Title of proceedings APLEC 2011 : Australasian Professional Legal Education Council Conference
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series Australasian Professional Legal Education Conference
Start page 1
End page 60
Total pages 60
Publisher unpublished
Keyword(s) practical legal training
legal education
online discussion
teaching medium
community of inquiry
taxonomy of educational objectives
Summary This paper reports some of the findings from a study undertaken as part of the research component for a master of professional education and training degree.
The objectives of the study were to investigate students’ perceptions and satisfaction regarding CMC activities, including community of inquiry framework elements and self-system factors, and to frame recommendations that might improve the use of online discussions as a teaching medium in practical legal training.
A literature review identified themes arising from previous studies concerning the use of CMC in adult learning. The elements of the Community of Inquiry framework and Marzano and Kendall’s concept of students’ Self System were used as reference points to frame the study.
An online questionnaire was used to collect data from students who had undertaken online discussion activities as part of their practical legal training in the professional responsibility in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria. The data included the students’ opinions, attitudes and perceptions regarding the online discussions. The data was analysed using descriptive statistics that tended to indicate the participants were satisfied with online discussions as teaching medium for PLT. Tests for association between certain variables conducted using Barnard’s Exact Test disclosed 30 possible associations.
This paper focuses on part of the findings, namely associations between the participants’ attributes and contexts, student-student interactions, and satisfaction with the learning experience.
Further research specifically concerning the design and delivery of blended programs of practical legal training would be beneficial. Further study involving quantitative and qualitative methods and regarding the use of computer-mediated communications in PLT is recommended.
Language eng
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 930299 Teaching and Instruction not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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