Law School programs receive funding for educational innovation

Two University of Wisconsin Law School programs won UW-Madison Educational Innovation funding to advance innovation in teaching and learning in 2014.

The Center for Patient Partnerships received $34,638 to create online courses for health care professionals and paraprofessionals. The project, “Walking in Patient’s Shoes: E-learning for Working Professionals,” builds on the center’s current work toward transforming its face-to-face graduate certificate in consumer health advocacy to an e-learning platform.

Based at the Law School, CPP is affiliated with UW’s schools of Law, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, and Pharmacy. Its mission is to create partnerships among people seeking health care, people providing health care, and people making health policies, in part through education and training.

The new funds allow CPP to develop online patient advocacy courses geared toward helping health professionals serve their clients better, particularly as the nation undergoes health care reform. Learners will be able to take courses separately or as a series, at times that suit their schedules best.

“We’re excited to apply what we’ve already learned to create new methods of teaching and assessment, using new online formats that meet the lifelong learning needs of busy health workers,” said Professor Sarah Davis, the project lead.

The Frank J. Remington Center received $36,750 for “Substantive Clinical Instruction and Information System,” a curricular redesign project that will incorporate blended learning experiences—a mix of face-to-face and online instruction—into its clinical programming.

The Remington Center is home to the criminal justice clinics at UW Law School, which runs one of the oldest and largest clinical law programs in the country. The new funds support the development of a pilot, Drupal-based course instruction system that will serve as a model for other Law School clinics.

“Our goal is to build efficiencies into the classroom component of our clinics,” said Professor Adam Stevenson, who leads the project. “Reducing or reshaping student seat time and faculty preparation time allows us to focus more on the valuable hands-on student learning experiences and rich discussions the clinics provide. At the same time, we’ll be able to improve the quality of our already high level of client services.”

In all, seventeen campus projects received the award, first presented in 2012 to promote innovation that enhances student learning, builds capacity to reach more learners, creates cross campus partnerships and generates new resources.

For more information, visit Educational Innovation at UW-Madison.

Submitted by Law School News on March 4, 2014

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