Comparing Two Models of Distance Education

Audience: All
Technical Level: Low

Distance education comes in many different styles. In addition to synchronous and asynchronous methods, there is also the medium used for transmitting the class, such as video-conferencing, web-based, or a combination of both. Each of these present different advantages and disadvantages. This session will look at the considerations one should use in deciding what is the best distance learning method to use for a class. The focus will be on synchronous video-conferencing and asynchronous web-based courses.

MP3: PodgorLR2Fr230.mp3

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Ellen S. Podgor
Associate Dean of Faculty Development & Distance E
Stetson University College of Law

About Elmer Masters

Elmer R. Masters is the Director of Technology at the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction ( where he works on interesting projects involving technology and legal education like eLangdell, Classcaster, Lawbooks, QuizWright, and the CALI website. He has nearly 25 years of experience building tech tools for legal education and systems for accessing law and legal materials on the Internet. He is the admin of the Teknoids mailing list ( and has been blogging about legal education, law, and technology for over 15 years ( He has a JD from Syracuse University College of Law and was employed by Syracuse, Cornell Law School, and Emory University School of Law before joining CALI in 2003. Elmer has presented at the CALI Conference for Law School Computing (where he organizes the program), the AALL and AALS Annual Meetings, Law Via The Internet, and other conferences, symposia, and workshops on topics ranging from IT management in law schools to building open access court reporting systems to information architecture design and implementation in law.
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