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The Merlin Affair: Using Multi-Media in the Teaching and Learning of Law

Australasian Law Teachers Association Secretariat
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  • 180119 Law And Society
  • Legal Education
  • Ict
  • Multi Media
  • Computers
  • Media Law
  • Role Play
  • Authentic Learning


Technology offers the opportunity to provide effective learning environments that may be experienced equally by internal and distance students in a way that traditional lecture and/or tutorial programs cannot. The Merlin Affair is a multi-media program which has formed a fully integrated, central component of the elective subject Media Law at QUT since 2004. The program comprises a series of modules which address different areas of media and broadcasting law focusing on the central theme of an unfolding news story (the fictional uncovering of a corrupt politician), including confidentiality, privacy, defamation, open justice, contempt, racial vilification and regulation of the media, such as cash for comment. These problem-based modules involve student users in using the tools provided in the program to access a wide range of resources to answer the problems posed. Media Law features weekly two hour "lectorials" which workshop the problems raised by The Merlin Affair program each week. The combination of audio streaming of these lectorials and the Merlin Affair program showcase the use of the subject’s on-line site as a means of delivering dynamic, realistic and stimulating learning environments which may be experienced by internal and distance students alike.

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