Faculty Collaboration Tools

Technology provides opportunities for faculty collaboration and sharing. Here is a list of popular collaboration tools:

Law School Exchange – an online community that allows law school faculty to share, digitally publish, and find scholarship and teaching materials in collaboration with an online community of peers. LSE also seamlessly integrates with TWEN. Once added to TWEN, material may be moved in and out of folders, hidden from students, and displayed upon entry.

CALI’s Classcaster – provides faculty of CALI member schools with a way to interact with students and other law school communities. Through the creation of a blog, faculty can upload audio recordings of their classes which can be listened to by students and other faculty.

CALI’s Lawdfiles – 10 minute audio recordings of law professors answering a very specific question that students will likely encounter in law school.

CALI Lessons – are developed by CALI, authored by law professors, used by law students, broken down into different topics under each class subject, and authored in a way that uses interactivity and variety as teaching techniques to help students master what is taught in law school. There are over 800 lessons in the CALI database. These lessons can be linked to TWEN and LexisNexis web course.

CALI’s Legal Education Commons – a place to find and share legal education materials including cases, syllabi, podcasts, presentations, and more. Faculty and librarians from CALI member schools can upload materials under a Creative Commons license that allows colleagues and students to find and use the materials.

Westlaw Twen – an online extension of the law school classroom where professors can post syllabi, course materials, weblinks, audio recordings, ppt slides, etc. Professors can make their TWEN course available for National enrollment or allow other professors at their own school access to their courses. Visitors must be logged in with WestLaw id.

LexisNexis Web Courses – similar to TWEN. Professors can enroll in other courses other than their own.

Center for Excellence in Law Teaching (CELT) – Albany Law School has created a web site to document ongoing reform and to support teaching and curriculum enhancement. The site links to law teaching resources, Albany Law initiatives and the Best Practices blog.

The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, organized by Gonzaga University School of Law and Washburn University School of Law, provides materials that can be used to enhance teaching and learning in law school. It also publishes The Law Teacher twice a year. Professors are encouraged to submit brief articles explaining interesting and practical ideas to help other law professors become more effective teachers.

Law Professor Blogs is a network of blogs designed to assist law professors in their scholarship and teaching. Each site focuses on a particular area of law and combines both regularly-updated permanent resources and links, and daily news and information of interest to law professors.