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Monday, April 23, 2012


With the upcoming Educating Advocates conference's focus on using technology to teach advocacy (here), Professor Wes Porter from Golden Gate University School of Law offers the YouTube clip below about how he uses two 5-minute drills to encourage student proficiency in specific advocacy skills.

By now, most of you have likely heard of Salman Khan and his beyond innovative Khan Academyhttp://www.khanacademy.org/.  Khan burst onto the scene in 2011 after he delivered this TED talk (here), when he encouraged educators to "use video to reinvent education."  Khan's revolutionary premise involves a simple two-step process:

·        first, the professor videotapes lectures to allow students to view (and review) the material on their own time; and

·        second, the student must then demonstrate proficiency in a topic before advancing to the next topic.

The Khan Academy philosophy can apply to our work as advocacy instructors.  We too created short videos to teach defined skills in trial advocacy that students can view and review on their own time.  We also designed 5-minute, advocacy drills that students administer themselves and perform (and re-perform) until they achieve proficiency.  The video clip below explains and demonstrates our 5-minute drills designed to familiarize students with the skills of impeachment by prior inconsistent statements and refreshing recollection. 

[Alternatively, you can access the clip through this link.]
We have found that, through the use of short, accessible videos combined with proficiency drills like those discussed in the above clip, students are better able to learn and internalize advocacy skills. 

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