Visual approaches to teaching aren’t that prevalent in mediums as text heavy as law, though an opportunity for creativity made itself available to me recently. A lecturer from our school of law approached me with a view to enhancing a sketch he had made with a 3D representation. The work is now being used by students in the classroom environment as well as online. Due to some time constraints, there were limits on we could achieve with this. I decided the best use of our time would be to work with Google Sketchup. The current state is shown in the videos below.
The idea is that students are able to navigate the scene by downloading the Sketchup viewer and pressing the scene buttons to allow the camera to focus in on various points of interest. It has more use as an in-class tool however as it’s a nice way to initiate discussions around boundaries and trespassing. The goal is to, over the course of the semester, develop it with a view to making the implementation browser-based, so students can navigate the 3D model from inside a webpage. The interface needs to be intuitive and simple to pick up. A simple set of scene buttons seems to serve us well in that respect.
I’ll be sure to add further entries as this develops. There’s certainly scope for a more immersive representation but the visual fidelity doesn’t need to be very high for what is being conveyed.