CILASS: promoting inquiry-based learning and information literacy. This article is by Semmens and Taylor from a 2006 issue of Directions.
A hat tip to Sheila Webber at her information literacy blog for the tip.
From the site:
CILASS is a HEFCE funded Centre for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL), bringing together the University of Sheffield's Faculties of Law, Arts and Social Sciences in a five year programme of pedagogical research and reform. CILASS is committed to transforming the learning experience of 10,000 students, promoting information literacy, inquiry-based learning and collaborative inquiry.
The first phase of the School of Law’s involvement in CILASS is a project which contributes significantly to the development of a new foundational module for all Level One students. The module, Understanding Law, has two key aims. First of all, it will seek to encourage students to recognise studying law to be about more than memorising a list of rules and case names and then applying them mechanically to a set of circumstances. We aim to demonstrate how important it is to understand the dynamic of law within a changing cultural, philosophical, and technological context.
The second key aim is to change the way in which students interact with the foundational material provided to them at the beginning of a law course. Details of the English legal system, how to research it efficiently, and how then to present and accurately reference what one finds effectively, sometimes seem to lack immediacy, relevance and application to a first year student if presented in a traditional lecture/seminar format. In this new module we will be introducing innovative methods of teaching and learning alongside a more traditional delivery framework to try to combat some of these perceived problems.