Interactive Questions Embedded in CALI’s eLangdell OER 1L Casebooks

Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 2:00 – 2:45 PM ET

Webinar Description:

Professors Ruthann Robson and Zahr K. Said both have authored CALI eLangdell(r) casebooks available for free to law students. Their casebooks make extensive use of interactive questions embedded within the casebook, using the h5p add-on to the Pressbooks platform. The h5p platform allows for students to answer questions and be provided with immediate feedback. Professors Robson and Said will discuss the benefits of allowing students to self-assess their understanding of the material as students complete reading assignments and how the use of h5p questions has changed their classroom teaching.


Learning Objectives:

  1. Attendees will understand the benefits and challenges of using an OER such as CALI’s eLangdell casebooks.
  2. Attendees will understand the pedagogical benefits of including a tool that provides immediate feedback while a student is reading from the casebook.
  3. Attendees will understand how using such a tool impacts the students learning experience in the classroom.


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Jon M. Garon, J.D., Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program and Professor of Law, Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law

Jon M. Garon is Director of Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program and Professor of Law Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Professor Garon is a nationally recognized authority on technology law and intellectual property, particularly copyright law, entertainment and information privacy. A Minnesota native, he received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota in 1985 and his juris doctor degree from Columbia University School of Law in 1988.

Garon served as Dean of the Shepard Broad College of Law from 2014-2020, focusing on projects that included new degrees for LL.M., M.S. in Law & Policy, and B.S. in Paralegal Studies; two new clinics – the Adults with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Law Clinic and the Sharon and Mitchell W. Berger Entrepreneur Law Clinic; and numerous new programs including the Legal Launchpad and Legal Incubator program, the Intellectual Property, Cybersecurity and Technology Law Program, and the Honors Program.

Prior to joining Nova Southeastern University in 2014, Garon was the inaugural director of the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Law + Informatics Institute from 2011-2014. The Law + Informatics Institute serves to integrate the specialized programming on technology and information systems as they apply across legal disciplines. A tenured member of the law faculty, Garon taught Information Privacy Law, Cyberspace Law, Copyright Law, Entertainment Law, and related courses.

Garon served as dean and professor of law at Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota.  He was professor of law from 2003 to 2011, dean of the Law School from 2003 to 2008 and Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Management from 2005 to 2006. Before Hamline, Garon taught Entertainment Law and Copyright at Franklin Pierce Law Center in Concord, New Hampshire and Western State University College of Law in Orange County, California.

Among his numerous accomplishments, Garon has held key leadership positions as past chair of both the American Bar Association’s Law School Administration Committee, the Association of American Law Schools Section on Part-Time Legal Education, and the Online Education Committee of the Southeastern Association of Law Schools. His teaching and scholarship often focus on business innovation and structural change to media, education and content-based industries.

He has published over 50 books, book chapters, and academic articles. His books include his debut novel Burn Rate (2019) and nonfiction works The Entrepreneur’s Intellectual Property & Business Handbook (2d. Ed. Manegiere Publications 2018); The Pop Culture Business Handbook for Cons and Festivals (Manegiere Publications 2017); The Independent Filmmaker’s Law & Business Guide to Financing, Shooting, and Distributing Independent and Digital Films (A Cappella Books, 2d Ed. 2009); and Entertainment Law & Practice (3d Ed. Forthcoming 2020 Carolina Academic Press). His upcoming works include A Short and Happy Guide to Privacy and Cybersecurity Law (2021 West Academic) and Law Professor’s Desk Reference (2021 Carolina Academic Press).




Ruthann Robson, J.D., Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor, The City University of New York School of Law

Ruthann Robson is Professor of Law & University Distinguished Professor. She is the author of Dressing Constitutionally: Hierarchy, Sexuality, and Democracy (2013), as well as the books Sappho Goes to Law School (1998); Gay Men, Lesbians, and the Law (1996); and Lesbian (Out)Law: Survival Under the Rule of Law (1992), and the editor of the three volume set, International Library of Essays in Sexuality & Law (2011). She is a frequent commentator on constitutional and sexuality issues and the co-editor of the Constitutional Law Professors Blog.  She is one of the 26 professors selected for inclusion in What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013).



Zahr K. Said, Ph.D., J.D., Associate Dean of Research & Faculty Development and Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law

Professor Zahr K. Said is the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development and Charles I. Stone Professor of Law at the University of Washington School of Law. Said holds a Ph.D. in comparative literature from Harvard University, a J.D. from Columbia (where she was a Kent Scholar and served as Articles Editor for the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts) and a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley (magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa). She taught at the University of Virginia School of Law for three years as a Visiting Professor of Law, and was a Visiting Professor at Stanford Law School in 2018. Said’s research applies humanistic methods, theories, and texts to problems in legal doctrine and policy. Her work has appeared in the Lewis and Clark Law Review, the Iowa Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the North Carolina Law Review, the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology, the Stanford Technology Law Review, and the Columbia Journal of Law and the Arts, among others. Current works in progress examine the role of the jury in copyright law and jury instructions in copyright litigation. Said has also undertaken a qualitative empirical study of the craft brewing scene in Seattle to map its attitudes and norms around creation, collaboration, sharing, and IP enforcement. She is the recipient of the UW Law Faculty Scholarship Award (2015), the Philip A. Trautman 1L Professor of the Year Award (2016), and the UW University Global Innovation Fund Grant. She teaches Torts, Copyright, and Advanced Copyright, and she has taught Advertising as well as the Proseminar for Ph.D. students, which is an introduction to American jurisprudence.



Sara Smith, J.D., Assistant Director of Curriculum Development, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

After graduating from DePaul, Sara Smith received her Juris Doctor from Chicago-Kent College of Law. After that, she began working for the American Bar Association, first as a research and policy analyst and then as an associate counsel. There, Sara worked toward improving access to legal services for people of moderate means and ensuring access to support and assistance for members of the legal profession facing mental health and substance use disorders. Along the way, She returned to DePaul to obtain a certificate in predictive analytics. In June 2019, Sara joined CALI as its Assistant Director of Curriculum Development, where she facilitate the development of e-learning materials for legal education.