Guest post: Clare Gaynor Willis, Research & Instructional Services Librarian Northwestern Pritzker School of Law
Here we are at the beginning of a very different fall semester, but some things haven’t changed. For me, the start of the fall semester always means the end of “summer project” season. That doesn’t mean that I won’t still be working on class prep for the next few months, of course. Rather, the end of summer project season means that I don’t have time to make giant changes or create a super polished video series. Between the start of the semester and the extra work of teaching online, I have to admit that I’m looking for short cuts. And I’m not going to sacrifice quality.
If you’re feeling a little crunched, this is a great opportunity to look at the 28th annual RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit. What is the Teach-In Kit? It’s a collection of teaching materials written and vetted by your fellow teaching law librarians. Highlights of this year’s kit include: a statutory research game, a lesson on finding data and statistics complete with a slide deck and an in-class exercise with answers, a comprehensive guide to Australian legal research, and a final exam complete with hypos and a detailed grading rubric.
Even if you only use the Teach-In Kit as a starting point for your own materials, that’s still better than starting from scratch! As I see it, we teach our students to look for forms and examples. Let’s do the same for ourselves.
In a month or so, the Teach-In Kit will be calling for contributions to next year’s Kit. If you had a particularly fruitful summer project season, please consider saving those gems to help your fellow teachers. We’re all in this together.
Have a great fall semester!
Co-chair RIPS-SIS Teach-In Kit Committee 2020-2021