August 6, 2007
Electronic Education # 4 - SEALS
One topic of discussion at the recent Southeast Association of Law Schools (SEALS) was whether law schools should refer to distance education courses as distance learning, a term that might cause some to think of correspondence courses. The suggestion was made to start using the term "electronic education," and thus my references in the future will be using this term.
At SEALS there were two panels focused on Electronic Education. The first was called "Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Distance Learning, But Were Afraid to Ask." Moderator Anthony Baldwin (Mercer) led Professors Billie Jo Kaufman (American), John Baker (LSU), and Phill Johnson (UMKC) through the basics of these education programs. They covered key terms used with this technology, the ABA regulations, and some general recommendations for those starting an electronic education course or program.
Later in the afternoon, a second panel focused on Advanced Issues in Distance Learning. Moderator Professor Randall Thomas (Vanderbilt) fostered discussion among the audience and panelists as they discussed mistakes they had made in creating an electronic education environment at their law schools. The panelists were Professor William Adams (Nova), Dan Powell (Alabama) and myself - Ellen S. Podgor (Stetson).
SEALS is in the process of creating a webpage that will be place where those engaged in Electronic Education can provide information and course offerings.