Wednesday, October 30, 2019
1:00 - 2:15 PM ET
First year law students engage with a curriculum that, generally, focuses on reading and writing as the primary teaching tools. Although the teaching of legal research skills does rely heavily upon fastidious reading, gamification can provide students with the opportunity to develop their legal research skills in alternate, engaging ways. Within the first year Legal Research and Writing course at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, instructors have implemented a variety of games to increase engagement, develop research skills, and test retention of skills over time. These include the Amazing Race for library orientation, role-playing activities, Family Feud spin-offs, and even an Escape Room. Learn more about the design process, implementation, and the failures and successes of using gamification to build essential legal research skills.
Dr. David H. Michels is a Law Librarian at the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He is the Head of Public Services at the Sir James Dunn Law Library, a Legal Research Instructor in the Law School, and a Lecturer in Legal Librarianship in the School of Information Management. He is an ethnographer who researches Human Information Behaviour in academic and everyday life contexts.
Hannah Steeves is an Instruction & Reference Librarian at the Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University. She is a Legal Research instructor for the mandatory first year research course. She holds a Bachelor of Education with a specialty in learning styles, as well as a Master of Library Information Studies.