Call for Papers for 2017 SEALS Program: 2017 Call for Papers
- Kenneth Randall (Alabama) (C0-chair) firstname.lastname@example.org
- Rebecca Trammell (Stetson) (Co-chair) email@example.com
- Lisa Smith-Butler (Charleston)
- David Epstein (Richmond)
- Jon Garon (Nova Southeastern)
- Joe Harbaugh (Nova Southeastern)
- Billie Jo Kaufman (American)
- Christo Lassiter (Cincinnati)
- Doug Michael (U. Kentucky)
- Pamela Newell (NCCU)
- Chad Pomeroy (St. Mary’s)
- Gordon Russell (Lincoln Memorial U.)
- Brian Sites (Barry U.)
- Vickie Sutton (Texas Tech. U.)
- Michael Perlin (NYLS)
- Ellen Podgor (Stetson)
- Lucille Ponte (Florida Coastal)
- Sally Wise (Miami)
2016 Annual Report
Electronic Education Committee members reviewed the Committee’s activities and programs and considered ways to establish a closer working relationship with CALI (Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction). Members discussed possibilities with CALI executive director, John Mayer, at the June CALIcon meeting. CALI is the organization that facilitated publication of Distance Learning in Legal Education: Design, Delivery and Recommended Practices, which is posted on the SEALS page under the Distance Learning link. Several of our Committee members are involved with this project, and an update to the current publication is under consideration. The Electronic Education Committee is seeking ways to contribute to this project. The Committee also submitted a call for short (2 to 4 page) papers focusing on the use of online education strategies and/or technologies as part of a course or instructional program. The Committee is considering making this an ongoing project.
Committee members recognize the growing importance of online learning in legal education and its impact, not only on faculty, but across the law school. The need for expanded awareness and understanding of the multi-faceted importance of distance learning is reflected in the Committee’s 2017 programs. The Committee developed two Workshops on Electronic Education, one focusing on “Cool Tools” and one on Learning Management Systems. The Committee also collaborated on Workshop on Teaching programs, including one focused on Technology Pedagogy and another on Institutional Repositories. Ken Randall has been appointed co-chair of the Electronic Education Committee, and members are looking forward to an ongoing discussion of the Committee’s role in facilitating and supporting electronic education in legal education.
2016 Annual Report
Several members of our Distance Education Committee are also members of the Working Group on Distance Learning in Legal Education, and information about this project is posted as a link under the SEALS homepage Distance Learning tab. Thanks to the work of this group, including our members, the publication, Distance Learning in Legal Education: Design, Delivery and Recommended Practices was completed and copies have been sent to all law school deans. This is a tremendous accomplishment, and members of our Committee were key participants in making this happen.
In preparation for SEALS 2016, Committee members discussed past years’ activities and programs that were sponsored and offered by the Distance Education Committee. From 2012 through 2014 our Committee presented EXPOs offering real-time opportunities for SEALS members to view and interact with law courses taught online at various law schools. At the 2015 Conference, our Committee organized a Workshop on Distance Learning with four separate programs focusing on different aspects of Distance Education. After reviewing the Committee’s Distance Education programs and activities we decided to reprise our 2015 program, Distance Learning and Legal Education: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow with a discussion program including many of the participants from 2015. We are also seeking to survey SEALS members and member schools to determine how the changes in ABA Standards is or may impact the role that Distance Learning in Legal Education.