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What Law Students Say About Connected Casebooks

Plus, Tips to Get the Most Out of Yours

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As a law student, you know that the law itself is constantly evolving. New situations arise and new precedents are set. But, did you know that technology is changing the way that students study and master the law?

At the vanguard of this movement is the Connected Casebook, winner of the prestigious 2018 SIIA Education Technology CODiE Award for Best Emerging Instructional Technology. You may have heard about it or, if a red print casebook has been specified by one of your professors, you may have purchased one (click here to register https://www.casebookconnect.com/). In any event, you owe it to yourself to find out more about the Connected Casebook – including what students have to say about it and tips to get the most out of using it.

    1. What is a Connected Casebook anyway?
      More than just a print casebook, a Connected Casebook gives law students access to an online e-book with highlighting and note-taking capabilities. Also included are practice questions and exercises from popular study guides like Examples & Explanations that allow students to quiz themselves and assess their comprehension of the law, built in tools for case briefing and outlining, and a legal news feed.
    2. What do students have to say about it?
      A recent survey polled 6,200 students who purchased and registered their Connected Casebooks. The Connected Casebook received a big thumbs up from students overall, garnering such comments as: “LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT!!” and “I wish this was available for all my books, if I could I’d only use Casebook Connect.”
    3. What do students think about the e-book?
The top five features they found most helpful were:
  • Searching the e-book
  • Highlighting the e-book
  • Adding labels to highlighter colors
  • Adjusting the e-book text size
  • Adding notes in the e-book

    1. What do students think about the additional features?
The top five features most appreciated by students were::
  • Answering questions in the student center
  • Watching videos in the study center
  • Viewing or exporting notes from the Outline section
  • Creating briefs in the Cases section
  • Editing notes in the Outline tool
  1. What do students wish they had known about it sooner?
    All the features at their fingertips. A common theme among some respondents was that they didn’t realize that their Connected Casebook was an all-in-one learning tool because they never got beyond reading the e-book at CasebookConnect.com. To see for yourself, take the tutorial.

    Read on to find a sampling of students’ opinions, the lessons learned from their experiences, and tips that will help students new to using Connected Casebook.
  2. "I loved not carrying heavy casebooks around with me."
    Portability is a big plus for students, who often attend multiple classes per day. Those who commute by public transportation report finding it handy to read the e-book while in transit.
    Tip: Consider using the e-book during class instead of your print casebook. Even if your professor doesn’t allow laptops during lectures, you can print individual chapters from the e-book and bring them along with you to lighten the load.
  3. "The searchable nature of the text made getting the right information in class convenient."
    Cited as the most popular feature, searching the e-book makes it easy to follow the professor’s lecture. This way, students can spend more time following the discussion and less time rifling through pages.
    Tip: As you find the specific parts of the case cited by your professor, highlight material using one of six colors or add notes directly into the margin of the e-book for greater efficiency.
  4. "Study video(s) give better understanding."
    Sometimes a different perspective can bring clarity to complex concepts. The videos in the study center dovetail with the material being studied and were created to help students gain deeper understanding about what’s important.
    Tip: Even if you’re pressed for time, don’t skip the videos. You’ll gain a more nuanced view of fundamental concepts that will help prepare you for midterms and finals.
  5. "The multiple choice and short answer questions were extremely helpful and taught me important concepts..."
    The study questions included come from the most popular study guides, including Examples & Explanations, Glannon Guides, Law in a Flash and Emanuel Law Outlines. This content has been carefully curated and is aligned to the course material to reinforce learning.
    Tip: Don’t wait until you’re studying for exams! Test your knowledge throughout the semester by answering multiple choice, short answer and essay format questions. Use your results to self-assess your performance and pinpoint areas for additional study.

    Bonus:If you need additional help and find questions from Emanuel Law Outlines, Examples & Explanations, or Glannon Guides helpful, buy the full e-book which comes with an interactive study center. Go to https://www.casebookconnect.com/catalog and click on the Digital Study Aids tab.
  6. "It made my briefing so much easier and faster too."
    Connected Casebook lets students set up labels for their highlighter colors (facts, issues, rules, etc.) and associates them with the material that’s highlighted. The highlights and notes made when reading a case are automatically arranged into a case brief based on the students’ personal settings.
    Tip: Set up labels early in the semester. You can edit the label name or rearrange their order at any time.
  7. "I appreciated having my notes consolidated in the outline feature..."
    Students can use CasebookConnect.com’s highlighting and notetaking tools to automatically populate the outline template with their notes and highlights from the e-book, then save the template as a Microsoft Word document for easy editing and printing. By getting a jump start on an outline, students enjoy more time for studying when it counts most, before midterms and final exams.
    Tip: Charts and graphs also can be imported into the outline – a big advantage for visual learners.
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