Albany Law School uses a variety of electronic delivery methods for classes offered at a distance. Web-based course materials may be accessed from work, home or any location where a student may have Internet access. Some courses may have a mix of distance learning components and elements that require a student to come to class on campus. Distance learning is designed to be convenient and accessible but also meet the same demands and requirements of a traditional face to face law school class.
Several courses at Albany Law School offer "synchronous" instruction which is characterized by live or "real time" two-way communication between student and professor and student to student. This will normally involve one or more instructional delivery technologies such as IP based videoconferencing at designated sites or virtual sessions involving streaming media or live chat room discussions. In the synchronous mode, there is a requirement that the teacher and student synchronize their meeting times for instruction and interaction. Synchronous instruction here is offered through the use of the computer application Adobe Connect and the use of Tandberg classroom IP videoconferencing systems.
Most of the courses at Albany Law School offer "asynchronous" learning resources. These resources include the use of web-based platforms that allow students and teachers to interact through virtual course material access, discussion boards, chat rooms, and assignment postings, through anytime, anywhere, web based portal access. They are used primarily to supplement and not supplant the live classroom experience.
TWEN Faculty Quick Reference Guide (.pdf) TWEN Student Quick Reference Guide (.pdf)Adobe Connect Student Instructions (.pdf)Adobe Connect Guide for Instructors (.pdf) Interactive Videoconferencing in Distance Education Guide (courtesy University of Idaho) ABA Standard 306 Instructions for Classcaster (.pdf) CALI Spaces and Digital Recording Tips (.pdf) MediaNotes Online Manual
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