The student behind the avatar: using Second Life (virtual world) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students: a critical evaluation

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Barnett, Eola and McKeown, Lindy. 2012. "The student behind the avatar: using Second Life (virtual world) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students: a critical evaluation." Journal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education. 8 (2), pp. 41-63.
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The student behind the avatar: using Second Life (virtual world) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students: a critical evaluation

ERA Journal ID33470
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsBarnett, Eola (Author) and McKeown, Lindy (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Commonwealth Law and Legal Education
Journal Citation8 (2), pp. 41-63
Number of Pages22
Year2012
Place of PublicationUK
ISSN1476-0401
1750-662X
Web Address (URL)http://www8.open.ac.uk/business-school/files/business-school/JCCLE%20Issue%208_2_Spring_2012.pdf
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In 2009 the virtual world Second Life (SL) provided a setting for the flexible delivery, in a sustainable cost effective courtroom, of an advocacy exercise to external students enrolled in a Criminal Law course (Law programs) at the University of Southern Queensland. In doing so SL added an enhanced overlay to the already widely recognized pedagogies regarding advocacy skill development through situated role play, which would not have otherwise been available to external students using alternative communication technology.
'The student behind the avatar: Using Second Life (virtual worlds) for legal advocacy skills development and assessment for external students – a critical evaluation' explains the advocacy exercise skills development program in the Criminal Law course (USQ) as against professional accreditation requirements (Au) and pedagogical value. It discusses the positive and negative aspects of the delivery of the program to external students in a SL courtroom and presents the results of a survey of participating students regarding their advocacy experience in SL.

Keywordsvirtual worlds; Second Life; legal education; advocacy; skills; teaching; learning
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
390107. Humanities and social sciences curriculum and pedagogy (excl. economics, business and management)
390102. Curriculum and pedagogy theory and development
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law
Australian Digital Futures Institute
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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