Bootcamp: Designing Your Law Course

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Ready to dive into Designing Your Law Course? The Bootcamp will guide you through the design process while modeling best practices.

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Because feedback from our summer 2020 Bootcamps was overwhelmingly positive, we decided to host Bootcamp: Designing Your Law Course again in 2021, designed and facilitated by Professor Michele Pistone and educational consultant, Jonathan Haber.

Start your summer right, with a refresher on the best ways to design an effective law course. The Bootcamp focuses on student-centered course design for ANY type of course delivery (classroom, online or blended/hybrid).

The Bootcamp starts with the basics of designing a course that is student-centered and aligns with your learning goals. We will guide faculty through the process of drafting effective learning goals, aligning course content and learning activities to those goals, and assessments, including how to draft well-written questions and rubrics. The Bootcamp is designed around the "pain points" that we heard from faculty and fills the gaps in what is available from other sources.

Registration includes 3 consecutive days of interactive learning and step-by-step course design, including plenary sessions, small group break-out sessions, and independent work. There will also be special break-out sessions, facilitated by Professor Pistone, for designing clinical and other skills training. We will also discuss ways to effectively engage students in person or online and model ways to design an engaging course and our thinking behind design of this Bootcamp.

Wednesday, June 23: 1:00 - 4:30 EDT

• Thursday, June 24: 1:00 - 4:30 EDT

• Friday, June 25: 1:00 - 4:30 EDT

The Bootcamp is heavily problem-based and provides opportunities for you to begin designing your own law course.

By the end of the Bootcamp, you will be able to:

 Engage in student-centered course design for any type of delivery (classroom, online or blended/hybrid);

 Design a course that builds community and engagement;

 Create effective student-centered learning goals;

 Develop courses that ensure students meet those goals;

 Curate or create learning content and design learning activities that are engaging and effective;

 Use assessment tools that accurately measure student progress and provide feedback;

 Make courses that are fun to teach!

Here is what others say about the Bootcamp:

“I participated in the Bootcamp in 2020 and found it critical to my curricular planning for the fall. The sessions were beautifully designed to stimulate creative thinking about course design and about student-centered learning. The program also made time for discussion, commiseration, and sharing of successes and challenges. I truly don't know how I would have geared up for Fall 2020 without having participated!”

Professor Laurie S. Kohn

Associate Dean | Jacob Burns Community Legal Clinics

Director | Family Justice Litigation Clinic

George Washington University Law School

“I thought the workshop was incredibly valuable. I appreciated how the Bootcamp taught me how to structure my class, implement backward design, and create interactive assignments and polls as well as rubrics for grading. So glad that you [are] doing it again, this year has been transformational in teaching and professors re-examining their own practices and skills. Your Bootcamp is at the forefront of that.”

Valena Beety, Arizona State University Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law

Affiliated Faculty, School of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Academy for Justice

“The Bootcamp was the only series of workshops I've done that really opened up my thinking on teaching effectively in the online space. For every idea that I didn't think I would use, there were two or three that I plan to put into action.”

James G. Milles Professor of Law

Vice Dean for Undergraduate Studies, University at Buffalo School of Law

“This was an amazing resource and experience. I'm sure that the Bootcamp will soon become a required task for all professors. Too much teaching is still being done without any understanding of pedagogy.”

Alice Armitage, Professor of Law, Director of the Startup Legal Garage,

University of California Hastings

About the Facilitators: Professor Michele Pistone is designing and developing the first university-based online certificate program for immigrant advocates, the Villanova Interdisciplinary Immigration Studies Training for Advocates (VIISTA), immigrantadvocate.villanova.edu. VIISTA is a 100% online, 3-course educational program. She recently won the competitive JM Kaplan Innovation Prize for her ground-breaking work designing VIISTA.

Professor Pistone was involved in founding the AALS Section on Technology, Law and Legal Education and served as its Founding Chair. She was awarded the inaugural Section award in January 2020.

Professor Pistone’s research focuses on technological innovations in the practice of law and legal education, immigration and asylum law, and Catholic social thought. She co-authored Disrupting Law School: how disruptive innovation is revolutionizing the legal world, a whitepaper for the Christensen Institute. Pistone is co-Associate Editor of the Journal on Migration and Human Security, published by Center for Migration Studies, and serves as expert on migration to Holy See Mission to the United Nations. She is a Fellow at the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and an Adjunct Fellow with the Christensen Institute.

Pistone also founded LegalEDweb. LegalED’s YouTube channel hosts more than 100 videos on legal education, which have been viewed more than 1,000,000 times and has more than 16,000 subscribers.

Jonathan Haber is an educational researcher and consultant working at the intersection of pedagogy, technology, and educational policy. His latest book, Critical Thinking – part of the MIT Essential Knowledge series, was recently published by MIT Press. His LogicCheck project analyzes the reasoning behind the news of the day. You can read more about Jonathan’s work at http://www.degreeoffreedom.org.

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