Teaching, Technology, and Tools: A Look at the RIPS Teach-In Kit Multiverse

by Ashley Ahlbrand

By now, you’ve likely seen several messages calling for contributions to the 2016 Teach-In Kit. We (the Teach-In Kit Committee) hope you’ll consider submitting materials of your own, but maybe you’re not sure what types of resources are suitable. I wondered this myself, so I dug into the submissions from past kits to see what the Teach-In Kit multiverse looks like.

Course Materials. word cloudThis is certainly the first thing that I think of when I think of the Kit: syllabi, lecture notes, assignments, etc.  And it’s true—the majority of submissions fall into this category, covering topics from basic to advanced legal research, and specialty legal research topics, ranging from foreign/international legal research to jurisdiction-specific legal research, and IP law to tax law to immigration law. In addition, you can find handouts and exercises on topics in legal research from search strategies to citators to legal abbreviations to cost-effective legal research. Yes, legal research course materials are a great topic for the Teach-In Kit.

But there is so much more.

Certification Kits. Legal certification programs are trending in law schools right now. If you’ve put together a certification program, I encourage you to consider submitting your materials, from syllabi to lecture materials to assessments.

Research Guides, Tutorials, and Handouts. Not everything we create to help others learn is for a course. Non-course-related materials in this category have ranged in the past from resources for faculty members about statistics or interdisciplinary research, to training materials for journal students or research assistants, to resources on the latest technologies for law schools, law libraries, and law practice (with topics ranging from CD-ROMs and how to use this new thing called the Internet (1990s) to cloud computing and legal apps (2010s).

Games. I counted nearly twenty research- or law-related games (from crossword puzzles to trivia) that have been submitted over the years.  What a great way to engage students’ competitive spirits!

Yes, if you look through past Kits, you’ll find so much more than course materials, and I hope you’ll consider the wide variety of things you might be able to contribute. Have you given lunch-hour talks (or even whole courses) on legal practice technology? Share! Are you a firm librarian in charge of orientation for summer clerks? Share! Has your library started a legal research workshop series for students or pro se patrons? Share! Whether in or out of the classroom, whether face-to-face or indirectly, whether in an academic setting, a courthouse, or a law firm, we law librarians do a lot of teaching, and the Teach-In Kit can serve as an excellent resource for all of us.

On behalf of the Teach-In Kit Committee, I ask that you consider submitting materials to this year’s Kit. Submissions are due by Monday, February 22nd, and can be sent via email to Kerry Lohmeier at Kerry.Lohmeier@law.utah.edu. If you have any questions about the Kits or the submission process, I would be happy to answer them.

Thank you for submitting to this year’s Kit!



About ashleyahlbrand

I am the Educational Technology Librarian at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. I am deeply interested in exploring how emerging and existing technologies can be used to enhance library services and legal education.
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