Online and blended learning programs have had a significant impact on all aspects of legal education. We encourage presentations on a wide range of topics but have also identified six conference tracks below. Proposals may address online and blended learning in Juris Doctor programs, international legal studies programs, LL.M. programs, and Master of Laws programs.Presentation Proposal Form
Submit proposals by April 1, 2020.
Best Practices in Curricular Design in Blended Learning Programs
Presentations should focus on the effectiveness of online instruction (synchronous or asynchronous), in-person instruction, or the interplay between both formats and may include best practices from individual course design and teaching methods.
Program Design in Blended Learning Education
Presentations should describe strategies and best practices for developing blended programs (as opposed to individual courses) including promoting active learning and student engagement, meeting student needs, and curricular specializations.
Experiential Learning in Blended Learning Programs
Presentations should address best practices and innovations in providing experiential learning opportunities to students in blended learning programs.
The Complete Law Student Experience in Blended Learning Programs
Presentations should address best practices for engaging students enrolled in blended learning programs in the law student experience including student community building, student services, and student support and advising.
Outcomes and Assessment in Blended Learning Programs
Presentations should address best practices and findings in assessing student outcomes in blended learning programs.
Market Drivers and External Perspectives on Blended Learning Programs
Presentations should include discussion or evaluation of the market forces creating a demand for blended learning programs and the perspectives of external stakeholders (e.g., alumni, employers) on the efficacy of blended learning programs in legal education.
We welcome and encourage a variety of session formats, but especially sessions that include small group interaction, demonstrations, or individual attendee participation. Preference will be given to these presentations.
Individual proposals and panel or discussion group proposals are welcome. Proposals for panels or discussion groups should be 60 minutes in length including questions. Proposals for individual presentations should be 20 minutes in length including questions.
The conference organizers may not be able to accommodate all proposals. Individual proposals will be combined into sessions with other presenters.
Presenters will pay their own travel, lodging, and conference attendance expenses.
Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit an article summarizing or expanding upon their conference presentations. Mitchell Hamline School of Law will publish these articles in an online volume to advance the discussion of blended learning in legal education. Conference presenters are not required to contribute. Additional information about this publication opportunity will be provided to presenters closer to the conference date.
Presentation Proposal Form
All proposals should be should be a maximum of 500 words.