Formative Assessment in Law Schools - Discussion and Evaluation of Available Tools
Formative Assessment is a red hot topic in law schools right now. Recent changes in the ABA Accreditation Standards are intended to guide and focus law school efforts to incorporate more formative assessment in teaching.
This session is born out of a series of discussions among members of the CALI Assessment Special Interest Group (SIG) where we attempted to list many of the tools that are being considered or used for formative assessment in law schools AND create a method of evaluating the different tools.
The result is a Google Document that is we want to share in the future and invite contribution from others.
After a brief introduction to the problem space, we will talk about how to evaluate formative assessment tools and cover specific examples to highlight the different nature of the tools in the space.
Executive Director at CALI
John Mayer is the Executive Director of the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction / CALI and has been since 1994. He has a BS in Computer Science from Northwestern University and an MS from the Illinois Institute of Technology. John has worked in legal education and technology since 1987 and is the co-founder of the Conference for Law School Computing and is the only person to have attended all 26 conferences. Besides Indiana Jones, he has opened the conference as an 80 year old man from the future, a lego-headed man, Elvis and he has shot plush-toy Angry Birds into the audience with a home made sling shot.
Head of Instructional Technology at LSU Law Center
Will Monroe is the Head of Instructional Technology at the Louisiana State University Law Center. His PhD dissertation research explored the use of deliberate practice and video annotation tools to support the development of professional interviewing skills. He has experience as a freelance instructional designer, has contributed to publications on distance learning and legal education, and is active in campus-wide faculty development initiatives at LSU. To learn more about him, visit his website at http://www.willtmonroe.com