Deep Dives

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Deep Dive programs debuted at our Seattle conference, and are again part of this year's educational offerings.  These longer sessions - running across two concurrent program time slots - are designed to deliver a more comprehensive exploration of some critical content areas.  The additional time will afford more opportunities for attendees to interact, ask questions, and really dig deep - consider taking the plunge!

Deep Dive: Inventing the New Classroom
Sunday, July 13 - 1:15-3:30 p.m.

It's not like baking a cake or building a rocket! Legal research is an applied skill without a formula. Students may include attorneys, law students, and paralegals, and those with no legal background. Teaching environments are also diverse, from snapshot instruction and social media interactions to full-semester research courses and embedded research assistance in capstone courses. Quizzes used for attendance and/or pre-class preparation can reinforce memorization and preparation goals, while clicker questions and in-class exercises can allow students to collaborate. In line with both of these strategies is the opportunity for instructors, as well as students, to utilize social media tools, including Twitter and Google Hangouts. These tools give instructors unique opportunities with their students, but they also present significant challenges. Therefore, many instructors are left wondering what these quizzes and exercises should look like, as well as what they can do to utilize social media in a positive way. This session will offer student experiences and examples to use and adapt for your classroom.

Takeaway 1: Participants will experience the students' perspective and evaluate classroom techniques for use in their instruction.

Takeaway 2: Participants will discover how to intentionally design activities to reinforce learning outcomes.

Takeaway 3: Participants will examine concrete examples of exercises, assess their usability, and modify them for their own unique classroom situations.

Deep Dive: The Life Cycle of the Employment Relationship, from Hiring to Firing
Sunday, July 13 - 1:15-3:30 p.m.

This program is designed to lead a manager though the entire life cycle of the employment relationship: (1) how to hire and train the best "organizational citizens"–those who display altruism, sportsmanship, and organizational loyalty; (2) how to make others recognize your value within the organization by "managing up"–creating an open exchange of ideas between staff and their supervisors to yield measurable results; and (3) how to terminate employees who do not perform satisfactorily, as even with the best efforts some employees' performance will be unsatisfactory.

Takeaway 1: After identifying seven critical organizational citizenship behaviors, participants will learn how to hire and train with these behaviors in mind.

Takeaway 2: Participants will learn strategies and techniques to properly apply the concept of "managing up," in order to effectively take a central role as both team member and leader.

Takeaway 3: Participants will learn the best practices in terminating an employee with unsatisfactory work performance, including what may legally be said about the termination and how to answer questions from remaining staff.
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