The Use of Controlled Virtual Learning Environments at a Law School: A Preliminary Study

By Marina Nehme.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The last two decades have seen exponential growth in the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) which has led to changes in teaching and learning. Accordingly, universities around the world have been incorporating ICT in their teaching for a number of years.
Following this trend, Australian law schools have been encouraging their staff to integrate ICT in their teaching. For example, at the University of Western Sydney (UWS), every subject taught by the Law school is required to have an online presence through a controlled virtual learning environment called ‘vUWS’.
This article explores the extent to which the controlled virtual learning environments are relied on in teaching and learning at the UWS Law school. The paper discusses my preliminary findings and determines that, in a number of instances, vUWS is being used to distribute information to students and not to engage students with their learning materials.

Keywords: Controlled Virtual Learning Environments, E-learning, E-distribution, Improving, Students Learning, Information Communication Technology

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 7, pp.405-418. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.118MB).

Dr. Marina Nehme

Lecturer, School of Law, University of Western Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia

Marina is a lecturer at the University of Western Sydney in the Parramatta Campus, Sydney, Australia. Marina teaches corporate law and financial services law to both business and law students. Marina holds an LLB, LLM (by coursework), LLM (by research), and a PhD. Her research is primarily in corporate law, regulation, indigenous corporate governance, financial services laws, and teaching.


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