The Merlin Affair: Using Multi-Media in the Teaching and Learning of Law

Butler, Desmond A. (2006) The Merlin Affair: Using Multi-Media in the Teaching and Learning of Law. In 61st Annual ALTA Conference Legal Knowledge: Learning, Communicating and Doing, 4 – 7 July 2006, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

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Technology offers the opportunity to provide effective learning environments that may be experienced equally by internal and distance students in a way that traditional lecture and/or tutorial programs cannot.

The Merlin Affair is a multi-media program which has formed a fully integrated, central component of the elective subject Media Law at QUT since 2004. The program comprises a series of modules which address different areas of media and broadcasting law focusing on the central theme of an unfolding news story (the fictional uncovering of a corrupt politician), including confidentiality, privacy, defamation, open justice, contempt, racial vilification and regulation of the media, such as cash for comment. These problem-based modules involve student users in using the tools provided in the program to access a wide range of resources to answer the problems posed.

Media Law features weekly two hour "lectorials" which workshop the problems raised by The Merlin Affair program each week. The combination of audio streaming of these lectorials and the Merlin Affair program showcase the use of the subject’s on-line site as a means of delivering dynamic, realistic and stimulating learning environments which may be experienced by internal and distance students alike.

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ID Code: 11313
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: For more information, please refer to the conference’s website (see hypertext link) or contact the author.
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Keywords: legal education, ICT, multi media, computers, media law, role play, authentic learning
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law and Society (180119)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australasian Law Teachers Association
Deposited On: 07 Jan 2008 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:24

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