Air Gondwana and Mosswood Manor : blended learning environments utilising second life machinima to teach negotiation skills

Butler, Desmond A. & Matthew, Anne F. (2013) Air Gondwana and Mosswood Manor : blended learning environments utilising second life machinima to teach negotiation skills. In INTED2013 Proceedings, INTED, Valencia, Spain.

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Abstract

Seminal reports into higher education in Australia and overseas have recognised negotiation as an essential skill of a practising lawyer and have recommended that all law schools include instruction in negotiation theory and practice in their curricula. Effective negotiation training includes the elements of instruction, modelling, practice and feedback. Ideally such training takes place in the context of small groups. However, this does not necessarily mean that negotiation cannot be taught effectively in the context of large groups.

This paper discusses two related blended learning environments that provide instruction in negotiation theory and practice as part of the graduate capabilities program of the undergraduate law degree in the School of Law at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. Air Gondwana, which forms part of the curriculum of the two first year Contract Law subjects, and Mosswood Manor, which forms part of the curriculum of the second year Trusts subject, utilise a common narrative concerning the family of a wealthy industrialist to facilitate learning of negotiation skills. The programs both combine online and in-class components, the online components utilising machinima (computer graphics created without the need for professional software) to depict the narrative. This strategy has enabled the creation of effective, engaging and challenging learning experiences for large cohorts of students studying by different modes (full-time, part-time and distance external). The use of a common narrative, including the same characters and settings, in the two programs also provides a familiar environment in which students advance their learning from one level of attainment to the next.

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ID Code: 63836
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Innovation, technology, higher education, legal education, blended learning, elearning, learning, machinima, negotiation, skills, negotiation skills, legal skills, law, HERN
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Research Centres > Law and Justice Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 [please consult the author]
Deposited On: 31 Oct 2013 22:20
Last Modified: 04 Nov 2013 05:11

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