Teachers Toolkit

This open educational resource is yours to use however you want in your teaching and learning activities.

We would love to know how you have used it with your students. Please contact openlawmap@gmail.com with your ideas and feedback.

Induction

There is plenty of educational research (e.g. the HEA’s What Works series) that non-assessed group work early in a new student’s programme has benefits;

Find a local site and allocate students to groups. You give them a briefing, including the site and some brief background information. They visit and photograph the site. They can follow the ideas on the ‘Get Mapping’ page to do further research and then they draft a blog entry. You, or they, can then post it.

Short task linked to a module

You could replace a typical seminar task (read a chapter, answer some hypothetical problem) with a short mapping & blogging task. For example, in tort you could set a negligence case as the core reading and get the seminar group (or sub-groups) to look in detail at the case, map it and come up with a blog entry.

At an even simpler level you could use the map to show students where key events in a subject happened.

Schools liaison

Law schools are increasingly called on to engage with schools and colleges in their area. This is often part of the marketing approach to a very competitive process of attracting good applicants, but can also be an aspect of the wider positive social impact that universities ought to have.

Using the map with school pupils can help show that law has great relevance to their town and region. It can inspire an interest in legal study and help them make connections between the law and your geographical area. Showing them blog entries that your students have done can demonstrate to pupils that your students take an active role in their learning and can even create legal resources. With appropriate support, school pupils could even contribute to a map entry for their area.

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