Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Online Law School Classes Deliver Results For Law Students

Yvonne Dutton, Margaret Ryznar & Kayleigh Long (Indiana-Indianapolis), Assessing Asynchronous Online Learning in Law Schools: Students Say Online Classes Deliver, 96 Denv. L. Rev. 493 (2019):

This is the first article to provide empirical data on the effectiveness of distance education in law schools since the ABA this summer approved increasing the total number of credits that law students could earn through online classes from 15 to 30. Our data, composed of law student surveys and focus groups, reveal not only the success of distance education in their experience, but also the methods that are most effective for them.

Margaret Ryznar, Insights on Online Teaching:

[O]ur data reveal several key findings. First, students appreciate an online course that is organized in the way it presents material and assignments. Second, students equate a quality online course with one that engages students with course content—for example, through short, but interesting and focused lectures. Third, students associate quality online courses with those that involve regular assessment (especially practice-ready assignments) and professor feedback.

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