If You Can't Beat Them, Join Them.

Most instructors are familiar with presenting a lecture to row upon row of students utterly absorbed in whatever is currently on their computer or handheld device.  Rather than using class time to compete for student’s attention the Librarian’s at Elon Law School have developed a series of short videos that students can watch on their own schedule as well as refer back to for point of need refreshers on key topics in legal research.  Having moved the lecture on-line, class time can now be used for students to practice their legal research skills in groups fostering a collaborative learning environment where the librarian can mentor and facilitate learning.

This program will examine:

  • The educational theory behind our decisions to design our course in this manner.
  • Discussion of the technology used to create, host, and share the course materials. 
    • For the past two years videos have been created using Camtasia, Snagit, and PowerPoint and have been hosted on Media Core.
    • Will discuss the transition to Kaltura currently in progress because of Media Core’s exit from the Higher Education market.
  •  Review of experience gained and student feedback received after the completion of two years of 1L Legal Research instruction presented in this “flipped-classroom” format.


The presenters have hands on experience with the project and production process and include:

Jeff Chilcott, Instructional Technologist and AV Coordinator at Elon University School of Law, assists in media management and creation. He holds a B.A. in Film Production from the University of North Carolina Wilmington.

Kathleen McLeod, Associate Dean for Library and Information Systems at Elon University School of Law, teaches basic and advanced legal research courses at Elon. She holds an A.B. from Syracuse University, a J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and a M.L.S. from Southern Connecticut State University.

Charles Perkins , Reference/Access Services Librarian at Elon University School of Law, teaches basic legal research at Elon. He holds a B.S. from the United States Naval Academy, an MSLIS from the Catholic University of America, and a J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law.

Lisa Watson, Catalog Librarian at Elon University School of Law, teaches basic legal research at Elon. She holds a B.A. and a J.D. from the University of Kentucky and a M.S.L.S. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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06/18/2016 - 09:00-06/18/2016 - 10:00

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