Saturday, March 14, 2020

Call for Proposals for Blended Learning Conference

Designing the Law Student Experience in Blended Learning

Mitchell Hamline School of Law, St. Paul, Minnesota

Thursday, September 24 - Saturday, September 26, 2020

This conference will be an opportunity for administrators, faculty, instructional designers, and student services professionals teaching and working in online and blended learning to share ideas and innovations on building student engagement, community, and opportunities for hands-on experience both inside the virtual classroom and outside of it. This conference will also provide opportunities for participants and presenters to engage in strategic discussions about the role of blended learning in legal education. As the first ABA-accredited law school to receive a variance from the ABA to offer a hybrid program, which has now graduated more than 175 students, we look forward to welcoming you to our campus in St. Paul, Minnesota and sharing ideas about this emerging area of legal education. In conjunction with this conference, Mitchell Hamline School of Law will launch a virtual teaching community for faculty nationwide to share teaching innovations in online and blended learning. All conference participants and presenters will receive access to the Mitchell Hamline School of Law Teaching Community.

Presentation Proposals

Online and blended learning programs have had a significant impact on all aspects of legal education. We encourage presentations on a wide range of topics but have also identified six conference tracks below. Proposals may address online and blended learning in Juris Doctor programs, international legal studies programs, LLM programs, and Master of Laws programs.

  1. Best Practices in Curricular Design in Blended Learning Programs

Presentations should focus on the effectiveness of online instruction (synchronous or asynchronous), in-person instruction, or the interplay between both formats and may include best practices from individual course design and teaching methods.

  1. Program Design in Blended Learning Education

Presentations should describe strategies and best practices for developing blended programs (as opposed to individual courses) including promoting active learning and student engagement, meeting student needs, and curricular specializations.

  1. Experiential Learning in Blended Learning Programs

Presentations should address best practices and innovations in providing experiential learning opportunities to students in blended learning programs.

  1. The Complete Law Student Experience in Blended Learning Programs

Presentations should address best practices for engaging students enrolled in blended learning programs in the law student experience including student community building, student services, and student support and advising.

  1. Outcomes and Assessment in Blended Learning Programs

Presentations should address best practices and findings in assessing student outcomes in blended learning programs.

  1. Market Drivers and External Perspectives on Blended Learning Programs

Presentations should include discussion or evaluation of the market forces creating a demand for blended learning programs and the perspectives of external stakeholders (e.g., alumni, employers) on the efficacy of blended learning programs in legal education.

Presentation Guidelines

We welcome and encourage a variety of session formats, but especially sessions that include small group interaction, demonstrations, or individual attendee participation. Preference will be given to these presentations. Individual proposals and panel or discussion group proposals are welcome. Proposals for panels or discussion groups should be 60 minutes in length including questions. Proposals for individual presentations should be 20 minutes in length including questions. The conference organizers may not be able to accommodate all proposals. Individual proposals will be combined into sessions with other presenters. Presenters will pay their own travel, lodging, and conference attendance expenses.


Following the conference, presenters will be invited to submit an article summarizing or expanding upon their conference presentations. Mitchell Hamline School of Law will publish these articles in an online volume to advance the discussion of blended learning in legal education. Conference presenters are not required to contribute. Additional information about this publication opportunity will be provided to presenters closer to the conference date.

Required Submission Format for Presentation and Publication Proposals

All proposals should be formatted using the following headings and should be a maximum of 500 words.

  1. Title of proposed presentation
  1. Presenter(s) name and contact information (including name, title, school, address, email address, and phone number).

Please also identify one person to serve as the primary contact person for the conference organizers.

  1. Summary of the proposed presentation

A description of your proposed presentation that outlines the content, format, and anticipated length of the presentation, including its goals and methods. If you plan to include an interactive or demonstration component or other visuals, please describe.

  1. Summary of the proposed publication (optional)

A brief description of your proposed publication topic that you would wish to include in Mitchell Hamline’s online journal following the conference. This can be a working description and does not commit you to publishing following the conference.

Please submit presentation and publication proposals to by April 1, 2020.

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