Law Faculty: Blended learning environments encourage student reflective practices

Law Faculty lecturers (across Departments and Centres) have created blended learning environments within the institutional Learning Management System (LMS), iKamva (Sakai).

These lecturers have consulted the CIECT team to create interactive blended learning spaces, which support their traditional practices. Since the start of the 2016, the CIECT team has conducted thirteen (13) consultations with lecturers from various Law Departments. A number of 51 online modules have been created during Semester 1.

These blended learning spaces are designed and developed in incremental phases (in collaboration with the Instructional Designer, Subject-matter expert, and Teaching Assistants).

Students across the Law Faculty are able to engage in these online spaces to:
– Access shared resources (case studies, lecture slides, homework tasks, articles, etc.) in a structured manner;
– Communicate with lecturers and peers the discussion forum (various topics related to specific case-studies);
– Receive course communication via the ‘Announcement tool’ (linked to their student GMail accounts); and
– Engage and submit formative and summative activities within eAssessment tools (‘Test & Quizzes’ and ‘Assignments’).

**It should be noted that students are able to engage in reflective practices and group assignments. In addition, students are able to complete ‘take-home exams’ via the ‘Assignment tool’.

** Some lecturers have also made use of the eAssessment tools to setup online Course Evaluations. This enables students to evaluate the module by completing a survey within iKamva (related to content, facilitation, and application).

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