TRU Law Students Put Coursework Online with Wikis

July 18, 2014

Thompson Rivers University law students are sharing the fruit of their academic labour in a novel way: by creating simple, collaboratively-built websites called wikis.

According to an article on TRU’s website, Where Education Meets the Internet, faculty are encouraged to “create course projects that put student work online, outside the boundaries of web-based learning management systems like Blackboard or Moodle, accessible to anyone with an Internet connection.”

Law prof Margaret Hall has built her Legal Perspectives course around this concept. Students “work online in group to analyze a legal case from the perspective of each of the legal philosophies she covers in the course. Working on a wiki—a collaborative, easily edited and structured website—means all students can view one another’s work as well as the contributions of past students.”

Check out wikis on some well-known SCC cases originating from BC, created by TRU law students as part of the Legal Perspectives course:

  • Canada v Bedford
  • Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium v. Canada (Minister of Justice)
  • Moore v. British Columbia (Education)
  • Canada (Attorney General) v. PHS Community Services Society

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