Online Skill Development for Generation Y Students: A Case Study of an Online Negotiation Model for External Law Students

By Tina Cockburn and Tracey Carver.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The majority of undergraduate students attending Australian universities now belong to Generation Y, and bring with them a unique outlook shaped by the social, political and cultural context of their childhood years. This change in outlook brings with it a shift in learning preferences, so to ensure a more effective learning environment for Generation Y students, learning and teaching strategies must adapt to address these preferences. In particular, research has shown that Generation Y learners favour experimental activities, the use of technology, structure and teamwork. This pedagogy has been adopted in the development of an interactive online model which adapts chat room technology to increase flexibility for external law students engaged in the development of negotiation skills in the undergraduate law unit, Trusts, at the Queensland University of Technology. This paper outlines the project and the rationales underpinning the development of the model. The impact of these initiatives on student learning experiences and some considerations for the future, are also discussed.

Keywords: Generation Y, Skill Development, Chat Room Technology, Active Learning, Collaboration

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 13, Issue 12, pp.81-92. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.151MB).

Tina Cockburn

Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, QLD, Australia

Tina Cockburn B Com LLB(Hons) Qld; LLM Grad Cert Ed (Higher Ed) QUT; SEDA Accredited Teacher in Higher Education, Admitted as Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland and High Court 1990 Tina Cockburn is a Senior Lecturer in law at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Prior to joining the faculty, she practised as a solicitor with Feez Ruthning (now Allen, Allen and Hemsley) for several years after admission in the areas of commercial property, trusts and estate law. Tina has over ten years experience researching and teaching in the areas of Torts, Equity and Trusts. She currently lectures postgraduate students in the areas of Tort Law and Equity, and coordinates and lectures the undergraduate law subjects Equity and Trusts. She has previously taught in the undergraduate Torts unit. Tina has research interests in Equity, Trusts, Tort Law, Health Law, Elder Law, Succession Law, and Legal Education and has published numerous articles, book chapters and several books relating to various aspects of these areas of research interest. Tina regularly presents papers to the profession and academy relating to her areas of research interest.

Tracey Carver

Lecturer, Faculty of Law, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Tracey Carver is a Lecturer in law at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. Prior to joining the faculty, she practised as a solicitor with Allens Arthur Robinson for several years after admission in the areas of commercial property and finance. Tracey currently lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students in the areas of Tort Law and Equity and Trusts. Her research interests lie in the areas of: Equity, Trusts, Tort Law, Health Law and Legal Education. She has published numerous articles, and has presented numerous conference papers, relating to various aspects of these areas of research interest.

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