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Published February 19, 2020 | Multidisciplinary

The Online Pedagogical Resources of Educaloi

This article is a translation of a text published in the French edition of Profweb.
Éducaloi is a Quebec registered nonprofit organization that has played a leading role in improving access to justice in Quebec since it was founded in 2000. Éducaloi has made it its mission to inform the public on the law as well as their rights and responsibilities.

On the website there are:
  • Pedagogical activities
  • Guides
  • Videos
  • Webinars 
  • Several tools to inform and educate college students on everyday legal issues.

Éducaloi - Savoir c'est pouvoir (version soirée-bénéfice 2013)

For a quality legal education

Éducaloi believes that legal education should be included in school curriculum. Legal education reinforces the knowledge, skills and attitudes that allow people to recognize the legal dimension of situations in order for them to make informed decisions and participate actively in society.

Éducaloi distinguishes 2 concepts:
  • Legal information
  • Legal education
Legal information is essential; however, it may not always be sufficient. It is possible for example, to understand the substance of a law without grasping the direct consequences for daily life or what actions to undertake.

Only legal education can lead to the development of the ‘legal reflexes’ as well as a degree of confidence necessary to assert one’s rights and defend them. For this reason, Éducaloi develops and offers free legal education resources.

Tools created for teachers!

These pedagogical resources (in French and in English) have been available on the Legal Education website for 2 years now. In addition to suggestions for pedagogical tools and external resources, it includes teacher and student guides, answer keys as well as PowerPoint presentations and videos, depending on the theme.

Éducaloi offers activities for all ages. If an activity is suggested for a different clientele, Éducaloi encourages you to make the activity your own by adapting it to your needs and the level of your students.

The tools are also offered in French for the French second languages courses.

For future community workers

Several college-level programs are aimed at developing the professional skills and attitudes essential for intervening with various vulnerable clienteles. Among other things, future graduates of the Youth and Adult Correctional Intervention; Special Care Counselling and Social Service Programs might work with individuals who have legal issues or are the victims of crime. These community workers make access to justice easier, particularly for the most vulnerable. Éducaloi, for example, on its ''Legal Information Tools for Community Workers'' page, offers legal information tools that teachers can choose from to guide students. The topics were chosen to help community workers understand the legal issues of vulnerable, marginalized or clients facing serious hardship.

Although the ‘front-line worker’ component of legal education activities on Éducaloi’s site is still in its infancy, the tools available are very diverse:
  • Various guides and reports
  • PowerPoint presentations 
  • Videos
  • Online training and Webinars (in French only)

Various types of tools are offered on the Éducaloi website. (Source: Éducaloi website)

Éducaloi’s YouTube Channel

On Éducaloi TV and Éducaloi’s YouTube Channel there are about 50 short videos that could be used in a flipped classroom approach to introduce a subject that will be discussed at the following class. The topics covered are varied and multidisciplinary, while at the same time providing students with the tools they need to be aware of their rights in both their professional and personal spheres:

Teaching a second language

Many of the tools are available in both French and English and thus can be used in either English second language or French second language classes:
  • A list of pedagogical activities using the materials available on the website
  • Turnkey activities Using learning situations based on real life, these teaching guides help develop legal skills for daily life. They can be adapted to create your own learning activity. Éducaloi suggests you modify, add to, or delete pages in this guide according to how you want to proceed. Some texts are grouped together. You can ungroup them to modify the content. The guides do not include pages for vocabulary, grammar, etc., you might want to introduce or review with your students. You can add pages for this purpose.

Teaching guides

Teachers will find 14 ready-to-use teaching guides on our website. Although the proposed activities were created for the secondary level, college teachers will find tools in the activity-fact-sheet that they can use themselves in class:

Educational resources from partner organizations

Under the ''Legal Life Skills Network'' tab, Éducaloi has grouped together legal educational activities offered by partner organizations. For example, we learn that a teacher can ask the Commission des droits de la personne et des droits de la jeunesse to come and offer a free in-class training session. The teacher can choose from about ten workshops.

Other partner organizations, presented on Éducaloi's site, offer activities of interest for college courses, such as:

Some of Éducaloi’s partner organisations. (Source: Éducaloi website)

The toolbox

Would you prefer to build your own learning activity? Under the Toolbox tab, you will find a variety of learning resources. A series of filters (discipline, language, target audience, theme, type of resources and activities) will allow you to find resources adapted to your teaching and the needs of your students.

Our future projects

In the coming year, Éducaloi will continue to develop new educational resources for CEGEP students. If you have any questions about our organization or the educational activities we offer, please do not hesitate to contact our project coordinator.

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