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The University of Denver Sturm College of Law values excellence in teaching both online and in-class. In 2003 the University started offering MSLA courses online, and by 2005 all courses offered in the MSLA program were made available online. Online education is a new medium of teaching, one in which many of us have little frame of reference. The Office for Teaching and Learning at the University of Denver is committed to enhancing student learning experiences by developing state of the art technology and web-based applications, providing professional development opportunities for faculty and collaborating with faculty on innovative teaching projects.

If you are interested in our online program and are concerned that this learning environment is not for you, please call me. I would be happy to discuss your goals and learning styles to help determine if this would be a good fit.

Course Platforms:

The MSLA Program currently uses Blackboard for its online courses. The University of Denver is currently transitioning to Canvas by Instructure as the next learning management system. Learning management systems allow instructors to create web-based content for their courses (syllabus, assignments, exams, lectures, outlines, presentation, images, web links, etc.)

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Distance Students:

The MSLA program offers a distance learning program for students in the degree and certificate programs.



Are you a good candidate for Distance Learning?

Are you a good candidate for distance learning? Successful distance learning students share common attributes*:

  1. Are you able to work independently?
  2. Will you sacrifice personal time to complete assignments and readings?
  3. Can you write clearly and articulate your thoughts coherently?
  4. Are you a self-starter?
  5. Are you able to manage time?
  6. Do you have strong study skills?
  7. Do you need a direct lecture to understand materials?
  8. Are you comfortable asserting yourself in a group?
  9. Will you divulge personal information and be comfortable hearing others’ information?
  10. Are you computer literate?

*Source: “Assessment Measures: Pre-Tests for Successful Distance Teaching and Learning?,” Elizabeth A. Buchanan, Ph.D. For the full article, see http://www.westga.edu/~distance/buchanan24.html



Minimum Computer Requirements for Distance Students:

The University of Denver College of Law has minimum laptop computer requirements. In addition to meeting the minimum computer requirements, Distance Learners are also required to have a Windows-based PC or laptop. Your Internet options should be set to accept Java and Cookies. To make the most of your online course experience, we strongly encourage either high speed or cable Internet access; however, a 56k modem may be acceptable. In addition to the minimum software requirement of Microsoft Office, individual instructors may have unique software specifications so please check with your instructor. We also recommend the most current versions of Adobe Acrobat Reader and Media Player, which you can download using the links below. Click here for additional information.



List of compatible operating systems and browser configurations for use with the Blackboard application:

Click here for the Blackboard Matrix



Browser Plugins:

You may need for your courses are found here including Apple Quick Time Player, Shockwave & Flash & Authorware Players and Acrobat Reader. In addition to the links below, there are links to other popular plugins in your Blackboard Student Orientation Course.

Apple Quick Time Player »
Shockwave Player »
Flash Player »
Authorware Player »
Acrobat Reader »
Windows Media Player »



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