Supporting law students’ skills development online – a strategy to improve skills and reduce student stress?

Anne Hewitt, Matthew Stubbs

Abstract

Law students internationally suffer from a high level of psychological distress compared with the general and student populations, and anecdotal evidence suggests that students developing skills without adequate support experience significant stress and anxiety. This article considers an initiative at one Australian law school to develop a degree-wide structured online skills development programme as a means to both improve student skills acquisition and reduce student stress. The project implements, through the use of learning technology, the principles proposed by McKinney for making small changes to law school teaching, informed by self-efficacy theory, which can have powerful results.

(Published: 1 August 2017)

Citation: Research in Learning Technology 2017, 25: 1786 - http://dx.doi.org/10.25304/rlt.v25.1786

Keywords

wellness; skills development;

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