E. Model Policies

AuthorRebecca Purdom - Greg Brandes - Karen Westwood
Appendix E1
Model Law School Distance Learning
1. Purpose
This policy is designed to guide the law school in the development, delivery, and evaluation of JD
distance learning education in accordance with the requirements of American Bar Association’s Standard
2. Definitions
2.1 Distance Education. The American Bar Association defines a distance education course as one in
which students are separated from the faculty member or each other for more than one-third of the
instruction and the instruction involves the use of technology to support regular and substantive
interaction among students and between the students and the faculty member, either synchronously or
asynchronously. In accordance with Interpretation 306-1 of the ABA Standards, various technologies
may be used to support instruction in a distance learning course, including the Internet, audio and video
conferencing, open or closed circuit broadcasting or wired/wireless communication, and various physical
media (e.g., DVD) technologies.
2.2 Distance Learning Course (“Course”). A Course is a discrete product of developed material, including
but not limited to, syllabi, introductory material, articulated learning goals, assigned materials (readings,
podcasts, web links, text assignments, prepared PowerPoints, etc.), assignments and assessment
mechanisms. A Course is a completed unit that may be taught multiple times.
2.3 Distance Learning Class (“Class”). A Class is the version of a course that is delivered by a teaching
professor and taught to students. There may be multiple classes for a single course. Classes may be
delivered either asynchronously or synchronously. See sections 2.7 and 2.8, below.
2.4 Course Developer. A Course Developer is the person who designs and prepares a course, paying
particular attention to developing appropriate materials, activities and assessments tied to learning goals.
A Course Developer may be a faculty member with specific content knowledge, and/or learning
specialists and technical experts tasked with developing and designing a course.

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