Second Life machinima enhancing the learning of law : Lessons from successful endeavours

Butler, Desmond A. (2012) Second Life machinima enhancing the learning of law : Lessons from successful endeavours. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 28(3), pp. 383-399.

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A traditional approach centred on weekly lectures, perhaps supported by a tutorial programme, still predominates in modern legal education in Australia. This approach tends to focus on the transmission of knowledge about legal rules and doctrine to students who adopt a largely passive role. Criticisms of the traditional approach have led to law schools expanding their curricula to include the teaching of skills, including the skill of negotiation and an appreciation of legal ethics and professional responsibility. However, in a climate of limited government funding for law schools in Australia, innovation in legal education remains a challenge.

This paper considers the successful use of Second Life machinima in two programs, Air Gondwana and Entry into Valhalla and their part in the creation of engaging, effective learning environments. These programs not only engage students in active learning but also facilitate flexibility in their studies and other benefits. The programs yield important lessons concerning the use of machinima innovations in curricula, not only for academics involved in legal education but also those in other disciplines, especially those that rely on traditional passive lectures in their teaching and learning approaches.

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ID Code: 50659
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Second Life, Negotiation, Legal Ethics, Machinima, Cognitive apprenticeship, HERN
ISSN: 1449-5554
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Higher Education (130103)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Law not elsewhere classified (180199)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
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Deposited On: 29 May 2012 22:14
Last Modified: 13 Jun 2012 03:00

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