Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Guest Blogger: Eve Brown, Indiana University - Torts Scavenger Hunt

Today's post features ALSB 2010 Master Teacher Competition finalist Eve Brown of Indiana University sharing a great idea for a class activity.  If you have an idea, video, case, website or other resource that you would like to share with other legal studies educators, I hope that you will consider sending it to me to be featured here as a guest blogger post for all to enjoy and access.  Here is Eve Brown's post:

One of the activities that I do in in my Legal Environment of Business course  is a tort scavenger hunt. I send my students out into the campus with cameras, and have them take photos of anything they see that might subject the university to liability under a negligence/premises liability theory. Then they write letters (they don’t send them) to the college’s board of trustees, identifying the most egregious things they saw and recommending ways of mitigating the school’s liability. It’s a great way to get them really engaged and thinking about law in the real world. Many come back and say that now they see torts everywhere they go.

Another fun aspect of the assignment is that we have a class Flickr account, so the students upload their photos, add comments and descriptions, and can compete with each other for most photos, best photos, etc.

It’s also nice because it allows me to see whether they understand the material or not. If they take photos of an apple tree and claim that an apple could fall on your head and you could sue the school (which they have claimed), I know that I need to clarify their understanding of tort liability. To differentiate the “good” or accurate photos from the not so great ones, I created a “Hall of Fame” album in Flickr that contains only the photos that actually do depict a legitimate problem for the school.

Below are examples of photos from the “Hall of Fame” album.  The quality of some of the photos was compromise din teh posting process, but if you click here, you should be able to get to the Flicker site where you may view all the pictures in a slideshow.
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