Supporting First Year Online Law Students with Their Transition to University: Developing Law-Specific Resources on Academic Integrity and the Academic Ennvironment

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McNamara, Noeleen and Braun, Kerstin. 2023. "Supporting First Year Online Law Students with Their Transition to University: Developing Law-Specific Resources on Academic Integrity and the Academic Ennvironment." Journal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association. 16, pp. 33-47.
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Supporting First Year Online Law Students with Their Transition to University: Developing Law-Specific Resources on Academic Integrity and the Academic Ennvironment

ERA Journal ID40326
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsMcNamara, Noeleen and Braun, Kerstin
Journal TitleJournal of the Australasian Law Teachers Association
Journal Citation16, pp. 33-47
Number of Pages15
Year2023
PublisherAustralasian Law Teachers' Association
Place of PublicationAustralia
ISSN1836-5612
1836-5620
Web Address (URL)https://www8.austlii.edu.au/cgi-bin/viewdoc/au/journals/JlALawAA/2023/5.html
Abstract

The past decade has seen an increase in tertiary online education (and online education was of
course the default method of delivery at most universities during the Covid-19 pandemic).
Little research, however, has explored the experiences of online students and how to best
support their transition to university study. This article discusses the development of lawspecific resources on academic integrity and the academic environment designed to help first
year online law students transition to university. Moreover, it analyses students’ responses to
the resources collected through student surveys and semi-structured interviews of participating
students. Findings show that the law-specific resources had a positive impact on first year
online law students often leading to an enhanced understanding of academic concepts and
increased confidence levels in approaching assessment tasks

KeywordsOnline law students, transition, first year experience, academic integrity, academic environment
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020489999. Other law and legal studies not elsewhere classified
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