Active learning in the classroom: a review of legal research teaching at Singapore Management University for first year undergraduates

By Elizabeth Naumczyk, Chai Yee Xin and Samantha Lim

When the Singapore Management University’s first-year law curriculum was redesigned to concentrate all its legal research teaching in the Legal Research and Writing course, the Law Librarians were presented with a fresh opportunity to revisit and revamp how they taught legal research. Instead of using the previous lecture-style approach, a flipped classroom approach was used to encourage active learning. Online platforms were utilized for topics that students were able to learn independently, freeing up the time for in-class activities and discussions for more complicated topics. This paper will reflect on the changes made using the flipped classroom and blended learning methods and make recommendations for the future.