Technology for Online Programs
The LL.M. in Employment Law and online American Legal Studies program will be offered exclusively online, giving attorneys the opportunity to pursue a graduate degree through distance learning methods that utilize effective and convenient course delivery. Courses will be delivered using primarily asynchronous distance learning technology. Thus, students may complete their weekly course work at a time that is convenient for them. This will allow busy practitioners the opportunity to fulfill their professional obligations while pursing the LL.M. degree. On occasion, professors may schedule synchronous sessions but these will be archived so that students who are not available for the live session may view it a later time. Small class sizes will give students and professors the opportunity to interact using a variety of communication tools including, discussion forums, email, real time chat, student and faculty home pages and blogs.
Orientation and Technical Support
AJMLS has taken steps to ensure that the LL.M. programs are supported by comprehensive administrative and technical support so that students are provided with a superior educational experience. Students admitted to the LL.M. in Employment Law program will attend a 2 day Orientation event at the AJMLS campus in Atlanta before beginning their first semester courses. As part of this residential orientation, students will attend a course that will guide them through the set-up and configuration of their personal computer systems and which will address common issues before they become support issues and impact a learning session. Students in both programs will 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, you should have a 56K modem connection to the Internet, email capability, and access to one of the following web browsers:
Note: We do not recommend using other browsers such as Google Chrome or Safari since you will not have the toolbar enabling you to add bold, italics, or underlining to your text in forums. If you are using an Apple computer and want these capabilities, we recommend using Mozilla Firefox, which is free.
You should have a computer capable of accessing the Internet comfortably; a Pentium III or a newer Macintosh computer should suffice.
Up-to-date anti-virus software installed on your computer is also highly recommended.AVGFree is a good anti-virus program which is free for personal use should you require it.