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Hybrid Productive Failure: Comparing Online Tutorial Designs to Support Novice Legal Student Learning

Sat, April 10, 10:40am to 12:10pm EDT (10:40am to 12:10pm EDT), Division C, Division C - Section 2b: Learning and Motivation in Social and Cultural Contexts Paper and Symposium Sessions 2


This study examined the performance of fifty six first year Bachelor of Laws and Juris Doctor participants enrolled in one of four proctored online tutorials. This study focussed on the application and comparison of key elements of the pedagogical techniques of Analogical Encoding, Productive Failure and direct instruction through the research question: Do learning designs that implement aspects of Analogical Encoding and/or Productive Failure theory within online learning environments influence novice depth of learning about legal concepts and their ability to apply and use this knowledge in new problems? Key elements examined related to the sequencing of activities and resources, and type of engagement with resources. Implications of this research related to professional legal education and learning design are discussed.