Online Learning Conference

Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy:

Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education

September 26 – 28, 2019

University of Denver, Sturm College of Law

Sponsorship Opportunities

Whether distance education and other modern learning tools work in legal education is no longer in question. Outcomes-oriented design, integral formative and summative assessment, online simulations, asynchronous learning, and other hallmarks of distance education have demonstrated efficacy in law teaching for 20 years (though a robust empirical research agenda has yet to develop.) The interesting questions now center around how and where these modern learning tools and disciplines can be used to best advantage.

Expertise now abounds among the academy, and this conference aims to collect and share it. The ABA has opened up legal education to a full year of online learning, and perhaps more significantly, to as much as a third of the first year.  Bringing together leaders of legal education and law school innovation, “Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education” will nurture the emerging consensus on best practices in a new era of change and challenge in legal education.

For faculty looking to engage distracted students, there’s no better place to come and learn. For deans and administrators considering online learning offerings at their schools, and who are looking to encourage stronger academic performance and better outcomes for a new generation of law students, the tools discussed at this conference will help to improve evaluation and development of student capacities.  For the practice minded, experts on classroom and hybrid online applications will critically examine questions of balance, when live classrooms work best, and where teaching is better done in a hybrid or fully online learning environment

Proposal Submission Guidelines

Deadline for Proposals: Monday, April 22, 2019

The Program Committee is seeking proposals for presentations at the conference.  There will be a few short, invited keynotes, but the rest of the conference will be proposal based.

The available time slots are generally set up in 30 and 75-minute increments, and there are many topics that would fit into our conference theme. Below is a list of some suggested topics, which is by no means exhaustive. Please note that co-presenters and groups are welcome. In addition, as part of your proposal, please identify how your material(s) might be shared with the group.

  • The Future of Legal Education in a Hybrid World
  • Pedagogy in Practice (in depth critique and problem solving on specific online and hybrid course applications)
  • Working with an Instructional Designer
  • Achieving Identity Formation and Professionalism Outcomes Asynchronously
  • Examples of Assessment in a Hybrid teaching environment
  • Making our Hybrid and Online learning environments inclusive
  • Which Parts Go Where: Design Thinking Applied to Hybrid Legal Education
  • Evidence-based Successful Pedagogy in an Online teaching environment

Suggested formats for presentations are:

  • 15-minute speed rounds (two to a time slot)
  • 25-minute presentations (single, co-presenter, or group) (one to a time slot)
  • 75-minute discussions (panel discussion, with time reserved for Q&A)

If you are interested in presenting, please send us a one- to two-page proposal with the following information:

  1. Your name, professional title and school.
  2. Contact information, e-mail address, and telephone number.
  3. Number of years teaching in a law school (we will consider applications with all levels of experience).
  4. Title of your presentation – what topic title would fit on a bumper sticker?
  5. One paragraph description of your presentation, about 300 words.
  6. Technology needs beyond the basics. All rooms have computers with internet, and projection and audio capabilities.
  7. Whether the presentation is lecture style or, preferably, interactive.
  8. Preferred length and whether you’d be willing to adapt the presentation for a different length or format (e.g., presenting in a speed round or forming a panel with others presenting on the same topic).
  9. While most presenters will be chosen to present on only one topic, please submit as many proposals as you would like considered.

Please send proposals to David Thomson, John C. Dwan Professor for Online Learning, University of Denver, 2255 E. Evans Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80208 ( ). Please send in Microsoft Word or the equivalent.

We will let presenters know by May 17th whether their proposals have been accepted; the specifics of the conference schedule (format, time, etc.) will be sent out in late May.

The Conference Program Committee


Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208