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Bridging the gap: students' responses to online materials to equip graduate entrants to a law degree with essential subject knowledge and skills

posted on 2017-09-14, 11:19 authored by Stephanie PywellStephanie Pywell
This file set is the basis of a project in which Stephanie Pywell from The Open University Law School created and evaluated some online teaching materials – Fundamentals of Law (FoLs) – to fill a gap in the knowledge of graduate entrants to the Bachelor of Laws (LLB) programme. These students are granted exemption from the Level 1 law modules, from which they would normally acquire the basic knowledge of legal principles and methods that is essential to success in higher-level study. The materials consisted of 12 sessions of learning, each covering one key topic from a Level 1 law module.

The dataset includes a Word document that consists of the text of a five-question, multiple-choice Moodle poll, together with the coding for each response option.

The rest of the dataset consists of spreadsheets and outputs from SPSS and Excel showing the analyses that were conducted on the cleaned and anonymised data to ascertain students' use of, and views on, the teaching materials, and to explore any statistical association between students' studying of the materials and their academic success on Level 2 law modules, W202 and W203.

Students were asked to complete the Moodle poll at the end of every session of study, of which there were 1,013. Only one answer from each of the 240 respondents was retained for Questions 3, 4 and 5, to avoid skewing the data. Some data are presented as percentages of the number of sessions studied; some are presented as percentages of the number of respondents, and some are presented as percentage of the number of respondents who meet specific criteria.

Student identifiers, which have been removed to ensure anonymity, are as follows: Open University Computer User code (OUCU) and Personal Identifier (PI). These were used to collate the output from the Moodle poll with students' Level 2 module results.


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