Technology for Online Programs
The LL.M. in Employment Law and online American Legal Studies program give attorneys the flexibility to pursue a graduate degree while balancing other commitments. Courses are delivered using primarily asynchronous distance learning technology and there are no “live” classroom requirements. Thus, students may complete their weekly course work at a time that is convenient for them. The AJMLS online LL.M. program offers unparalleled, rigorous academic training through highly interactive courses and an online platform that models best practices in student-centered design.
Once enrolled in the online LL.M. program, students are connected to an Online Campus (Moodle):
- • a secure,
- • password-protected,
- • easy-to-navigate site where learning and interaction happens.
Students can find what they will need for each course clearly marked on that course’s home page, including:
- • the course syllabus,
- • weekly schedules,
- • readings, and assignments.
Courses go live to students one week before the actual course start date. This allows students the opportunity to view the required course work and schedule their time around family/work commitments accordingly.
Strong Online Community
Online learning means students have access to an online environment of not just dedicated professors, but also passionate fellow learners. One of the biggest benefits to online learning is the amount of interaction students have with each other. Not only does this allow them to get the full benefit of each other’s unique perspectives and worldviews, but it also creates an online network of professional peers, one that will continue to add value long after a student has finished the program. The online student at AJMLS is a global student. Students can and do reside anywhere across the world.
An online course is made up of a number of units/modules of study. Each unit/module of study incorporates a discussion forum that takes place over each week of study. The professor will set a topic for each unit/module of study, and students post their questions and comments about the topic in an animated and interactive online conversation, with the professor directing and contributing to shape the debate and help promote depth and breadth of understanding. Online learning is similar to a traditional course, only students have more time to formulate their thoughts on their own time and add greater value. Students can spend time researching and developing a deeper and more critical perspective on the content before posting to the weekly discussion boards.
Orientation and Technical Support
The online LL.M. programs are supported by comprehensive administrative and technical support so that students are provided with a superior educational experience. LL.M. in Employment Law students attend a two day Orientation event at the AJMLS campus in Atlanta before beginning their first semester courses. Students in both online LL.M. programs have continuing access to an online orientation course that addresses set-up and tips for online learners, and introduces the student to the Moodle learning environment. Technical support is available 24 hours a day.
Moodle Learning Platform
The online LL.M. programs use Moodle as their Learning Management System. A demo course for the Moodle learning platform is available at: Moodle Demo Course. This platform provides a state-of-the-art, web-based learning environment that promotes and facilitates the following academic and community goals of the LL.M. program:
- • Easy access to LL.M. courses using standard tools (for example, widely available web browsers);
- • High quality, timely and rich communication between students and professors;
- • Direct access to lessons, assignments and other resources;
- • Consistent, quality-controlled delivery of course content across the program;
- • High visibility of learner progress to ensure timely intervention be faculty in the event that a student falls behind;
- • A flexible environment that allows anytime, anywhere access without limitations;
- • Security, privacy and confidentiality, where applicable; and
- • Tools and processes for the assessment of assurance of academic integrity.
Minimum System Requirements
At a minimum, students should have a DSL, Cable or equivalent connection to the Internet, and access to one of the following web browsers:
- • Microsoft Internet Explorer 8 (or newer)
- • Firefox 2.0 (or newer)
Note: We do not recommend using other browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari. Students without Internet Explorer or Firefox will not have the toolbar enabling them to add bold, italics, or underlining to text in forums. Students using an Apple computer who desire these capabilities, should use Mozilla Firefox, which is available for free download online.
Students should have a computer capable of accessing the Internet; a Pentium 4 or a newer Macintosh computer should suffice. Students should have experience using email and browsing web pages.
Up-to-date anti-virus software is also highly recommended. AVGFree is a good anti-virus program, which is free for personal use.