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Summer 2021 Conference
Effective Instruction in Online and Hybrid Legal Education

June 10-12, 2021

University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
Little Rock, Arkansas


Update:  Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the Institute has postponed the conference that originally was scheduled for the summer of 2020 until the summer of 2021. Conference proposals that were accepted for the 2020 conference remain accepted for the 2021 conference. The conference theme and structure remain the same. Given the fact that all law professors across the United States had to move to online instruction during the Spring 2020 semester, we anticipate issuing a supplemental call for proposals to include additional conference presentations in case others who have now taught online would like to formulate a proposal to share what they have learned. More information about that, along with information about the conference schedule, registration, and hotel accommodations, will be forthcoming.

Conference Theme:  The future of legal education has arrived, with more and more law schools moving toward teaching part or all of their J.D. program online. During this conference, we will explore how law professors can design and implement methods for teaching effectively in online environments, including both synchronous and asynchronous formats. After an opening plenary examining data regarding the effectiveness of online education, the subsequent plenaries and concurrent workshops will address the following topics in the context of online and hybrid courses and programs: course and program design, assessment of student learning, active learning and student engagement, teaching methods, providing feedback, and collaborative learning.

Conference Structure:  The conference will consist of three plenary sessions and a series of concurrent workshops that will take place on Thursday, June 10; Friday, June 11; and the morning of Saturday, June 12. The conference will open with an informal reception on the evening of Wednesday, June 9.

Registration Information:  The conference fee for participants is $285, which includes materials, meals during the conference (three breakfasts and three lunches), and the welcome reception on Wednesday, June 9. The conference fee for presenters is $185.

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