Delivering blended legal learning through staff and student collaboration
June 5, 2017
Context: Birmingham Law School, College of Arts and Law.
Student Partners: James Williams, Eileen Hsieh, Sarah Carlyon,
Tihimor Dmitriov, Grace Morrow, Charlotte Whitehead, Alex Barbour and Andrei Pintilii
Academic Partners: Emma Flint and Emily Carroll, Birmingham Law School
Dr Clark Hobson (formerly BLS, now at University of Leicester)
Birmingham Law School (BLS) has recently undertaken innovative curriculum design projects that are designed to enhance the student experience within BLS. These projects involved academics and undergraduate 2nd and 3rd year law students working together as partners to enhance student interaction with Canvas through the co-design and development of interactive digital materials that support a blended learning approach within our LLB programme.
The project is innovative as it facilitates students and staff to work together as ‘co-producers and collaborators’ (Gibbs, 2012, Implications of ‘Dimensions of quality’ in a market environment. York: The Higher Education Academy (HEA)) of digital curriculum design. In addition, students are afforded the opportunity to be at the heart of curriculum design whilst enhancing the community of practice around learning and teaching development within BLS.
Our presentation at the Birmingham Digital Student event on 6 June 2017 will share with the audience our preliminary evaluation of data gathered from the qualitative interviews and focus group work from both staff and student collaborators from the project to offer insight and reflection on the lived experience of the project.
It will also share data from a quantitative online survey completed by students who have used the online digital project materials to offer insight on the role and nature of blended learning and teaching techniques within law. Finally, it will also start to explore the changing nature of staff/student dynamics through shared curriculum design projects.
Through participation in the conference, the student project partners are afforded an opportunity to share how the project has helped them to develop their communication skills and confidence as flexible life-long learners.