Brightspace in action
Bjorn Eggen, Criminal Procedural Law Lecturer at Radboud, has capitalized on the features and functionality of Brightspace to deliver the scenario-based course.
“In preparation for a seminar, students watch knowledge clips in which the lecturers explain the central themes of that week’s material. Every week, more information is added to the case: in the first week, the suspect is arrested, in the second week the investigation methods are revealed. Every week, students hand in a short paper via Brightspace so that tutors can see what they understand and where they could improve.” – Bjorn Eggen, Criminal Procedural Law Lecturer, Radboud University
The versatile nature of the learning platform to share videos and drip-feed information to students at the right time means knowledge exchange is no longer restricted to the classroom. “We wanted to motivate the students to not only study the required materials, but to expand on them,” adds Bjorn Eggen.
Release conditions in Brightspace enable the creation of custom learning paths. Students can experience all the different perspectives on the case by taking on the roles of defense counsel, prosecutor and judge. Information is released to students only when they meet appropriate criteria, so the ‘prosecutors’ see different material to the ‘defense counsel’, for example. This gives the scenario the dynamic feel of a real case: information builds up over time, and this interactivity is central to students’ ability to progress.