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Teaching at the Law School: Students Perspectives on the Educational Use of Twitter

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9-30-2020 10:00 AM

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9-30-2020 11:00 AM

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The paper presents a teaching experience out of the classroom in which Twitter was used as a part of a tort law course.

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The paper presents a teaching experience out of the classroom in which Twitter was used as a part of a tort law course. The activity at stake was carried out within a Master of Laws (LLM) face-to-face course in which the relationship between the idea of risk and liability is studied and analyzed. The course thus examines the instances of risk-based liability under European law in general and Spanish law in particular (such as nuclear liability, motor vehicle accidents, or air navigation). Students were asked to carry out their own research and tweet according to the instructions given by the instructor. They not only had to post the results of their research on Twitter but were also prompted to interact among them according to a given pattern. The paper describes the activity at stake and analyzes the responses to a poll which was carried out afterwards to gather their opinions on the activity. A majority of students valued the activity as a positive one. In particular, they valued the possibility of carrying out their own research and interaction with their peers. However, some found that the activity had drawbacks, which are also explored in the paper.

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Teaching at the Law School: Students Perspectives on the Educational Use of Twitter

The paper presents a teaching experience out of the classroom in which Twitter was used as a part of a tort law course. The activity at stake was carried out within a Master of Laws (LLM) face-to-face course in which the relationship between the idea of risk and liability is studied and analyzed. The course thus examines the instances of risk-based liability under European law in general and Spanish law in particular (such as nuclear liability, motor vehicle accidents, or air navigation). Students were asked to carry out their own research and tweet according to the instructions given by the instructor. They not only had to post the results of their research on Twitter but were also prompted to interact among them according to a given pattern. The paper describes the activity at stake and analyzes the responses to a poll which was carried out afterwards to gather their opinions on the activity. A majority of students valued the activity as a positive one. In particular, they valued the possibility of carrying out their own research and interaction with their peers. However, some found that the activity had drawbacks, which are also explored in the paper.