John P. Joergensen, Rutgers University School of Law (Newark): “Scaffolding”

John Joergensen is the Associate Dean for Information Services at Rutgers University School of Law – Newark. Professor Joergensen explains how a teacher can effectively communicate with students in his presentation, “Scaffolding.” He presented this in the Applying Learning Theory Pod at the 2014 Igniting Law Teaching conference, hosted by LegalED. Good teachers are well organized, empathetic, and effective; they instinctively understand how to connect with students and simulate learning. Professor Joergensen explains that this is done because of effective scaffolding, and by engaging students within their Zone of Proximal Development. He asserts that understanding these two concepts and applying them consistently is an extremely useful too in consistently good teaching. It makes great teachers consistently great, and provides a framework for the rest of us to understand exactly what we need to do to be better.

As the Associate Dean for Information Services, Professor Joergensen teaches Advanced Legal Research and is best known for developing digital library collections. He received the 2007 Public Access to Government Information Award from the American Association of Law Libraries for his work with digital library collections. In 2011, he was named to the Fastcase 50 as one of the country’s “most interesting and provocative leaders in the combined fields of law, scholarship, and technology.”

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