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Law Faculty Services: Teaching

The law library can be reached via chat, phone, email, or in person.

Teaching Resources

The law library can aid you in your teaching in many ways including

  • Putting readings or videos on course reserve
  • Putting past exams on reserve (online or in print)
  • Providing research instruction in a seminar or other course with a paper requirement
  • Providing one-on-one research instruction to students with research paper assignments

Please contact your faculty liaison for information on using these services or if you have any questions about other ways you'd like the law library to help you prepare for or teach your classes.

Teaching Innovation Group

Moritz College of Law has a Teaching Innovation Group (TIG), which meets several times during the school year. Contact Ric Simmons or Terri Enns for more information. The law librarians participate in the TIG by speaking at and attending the sessions and by contributing to the TIG Idea Bank.

Selected Readings on Teaching

For more books on teaching and learning, click here.

Teaching Resources from the Moritz Law Library

If you have reading or other material you'd like to put on course reserves for the semester, contact our Circulation Department or your faculty liaison. Material may be kept in the Reserve Room or stored specially behind the circulation desk for students to check out.

Faculty can provide past copies of exams for students to review. The exams can be put online or kept behind the circulation desk for students to check out. Exams that are online can only be accessed by members of the Moritz College of Law community. Contact our Circulation Department or your faculty liaison if you would like to make past exams available for students.

The law librarians all have extensive teaching experience and would be happy to come to your classroom for a session for your students on how to conduct research in a particular area. We've spoken in classes on health law, environmental law, foreign law, international law, and ADR research to help students get started finding sources for seminar papers. We can also provide instruction to your students who need a refresher on or orientation to regulatory, legislative history, or tax research or for those researching witnesses, litigants, or judges on a matter. We are also happy to work with you to develop a research assignment that complements a course reading or some other aspect of your course. Contact your faculty liaison for more information or to talk through other ways we can help with research instruction in the classroom.

Please feel free to refer your students to the law librarians for research consultations. A law librarian can help ensure the papers you read are well-researched and thoughtful. We will work with students to schedule a half-hour session (or more if needed) to talk about selecting paper topics and exploring sources beyond case law and law review articles on Westlaw or Lexis. Our hope is that an early consultation on the research process and possible strategies will enable students to focus sooner on exploring the issues pertinent to their assignment resulting in stronger, more thoughtful papers at the end of the semester.

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University Teaching Resources

The Ohio State University is home to the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching (UCAT). UCAT offers consultations "available to discuss any aspect of teaching, such as designing courses, enhancing classroom techniques, developing course materials, and documenting teaching effectiveness." They also offer Course Design Institutes, teaching assessment tools, and a library of teaching books and journals, and other professional development materials.

The ADA Coordinator's Office at The Ohio State University can provide you with information to ensure your course (including an online resources you create or use) is accessible to all of your students.

The Office of Distance Education and eLearning provides faculty with tools and technology to develop an online course or bring some e-learning component to the classroom. They can also help you develop interactive textbooks or iTunes U courses.

Plagiarism Checking

There are several online tools designed to assist faculty in assessing whether a student plagiarized the work of another. One tool that may be of particular use to law faculty is LexisNexis's SafeAssign. You can access SafeAssign through your LexisNexis account, though there are a couple of steps you'll need to take to get started (e.g., create a web course through the LexisNexis course management software). SafeAssign, though not perfect, is useful for legal writing because it compares the student's work to what is available in the LexisNexis database, which is comprised of a wide variety of cases, treatises, and other secondary sources. If you have any questions about using SafeAssign, please contact your faculty liaison.

Technology in the Classroom

Law school classrooms have a variety of hardware installed to facilitate your teaching. If you have questions about that technology, please contact the Moritz Help Desk at moritzhelp@osu.edu.

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Top Hat is a student engagement platform professors can use to ask students a variety of question types including Multiple Choice, Word Answer, Numeric Answer, Sorting Problems, Matching Problems, and Click on Target. Students can participate using their mobile devices including smart phones, tablets, and laptops.

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Moritz IT can assist you with questions you have regarding technology in the classroom. One resource we have that you might consider: TurningPoint. Turning point is a polling software that includes "clickers" for students to participate in real-time multiple choice questions during class.

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The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) also offers an online polling tool: InstaPoll. Simply go to the CALI InstaPoll site, direct your students to the site, pose your multiple-choice question, and watch the answers roll in live in class.

For help with these technologies, technology embedded in the classrooms, or to explore other ways to include technology in the classroom (e.g., creating video tutorials, taping lectures), contact Moritz IT at moritzhelp@osu.edu or 614-297-6467 to reach Laju Mansukhani.