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LAW SCHOOL VIDEOCONFERENCING SURVEY          -     Sep 2004

 

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Technology Committee, ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar                   

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PLEASE RETURN BY THU, 7 OCT 2004 for inclusion in presentation at

 

Pedagogy to Practice:  Maximizing Legal Education with Technology

(ABA conference at Rutgers - Newark, Oct 15-16, 2004)

 

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Fax to:  785 232-8087 (attn: John Christensen)

 

Email to:  john.christensen@washburn.edu

 

Voice: 785 231-1010 ext. 1658 (office/voice mail) 

       785 231-1088 (library - human can take message)

 

Web page with survey form (html) and tables where responses will initially be

reported are at:  http://jechristensen.com

 

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1.  Name of Law School________________________________________________

 

2.  City and State____________________________________________________

 

3.  Date survey completed and sent____________________________________

 

 

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KEY CONTACTS

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4.  Name, title, phone, email of PERSON COMPLETING SURVEY:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5.  Which unit handles day-to-day VIDEO CONFERENCING services at the law school?

 

      _____ Law Library

 

      _____ Law School Computing

 

      _____ Law School Instructional Media Services

 

      _____ University Computer Services

 

      _____ University Instructional Media Services

 

      _____ Other (please identify):_______________________________________

 

      _____ We don't currently utilize videoconferencing

 

 

6.  URL of the web page that describes your law school's videoconferencing

    capabilities and services:_______________________________________________

 

7.  Name, title, phone, email of TECHNICAL PERSON who oversees day-to-day

    VIDCEO CONFERENCING operations for your law school (if same as no. 1 

    above, write "same"):

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Name, title, phone, email of ADMINISTRATIVE/PERMISSION PERSON to contact

    for setting up a videoconference (if different from no. 4; if same, 

    write "same"):   

 

 

 

 

9.  Is your law school planning to participate in CALI's CODEC initiative 

    (COnsortium for Distance Education from CALI)?

 

      _____ Yes     _____ No     _____ Don't know 

 

    Name, title, phone, email of your law school's  CALI-CODEC contact person:

 

 

 

 

 

10. Who is the best FACULTY or ADMINISTRATIVE person (e.g., Associate Dean,

    Faculty Technology Committee Chair, Library Director) to contact for

    questions about your law school's interest in a particular VC

    opportunity (e.g., multi-point videoconference on a specific subject) or

    or your plans for utilizing videoconferencing for distance learning or

    other applications? (name, title, phone, email)

 

   

 

 

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EXPERIENCE AND/OR INTEREST IN VIDEOCONFERENCING

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11a.  Has any faculty member at your school EVER utilized videoconferencing?

 

      _____ To bring a guest lecturer or presenter into a class or part of

            a class session?

 

      _____ To teach or cooperate with an off-site instructor to conduct

                an entire semester-length course?

 

11b.      Approximately how many class-related videoconference sessions were

      conducted at your law school during FY2003-04?

 

      _____ None

 

      _____ Several

 

      _____ About one a month

 

      _____ About one a week

 

      _____ Several per week

 

      _____ Daily

 

11c. Please provide the NAMES and major SUBJECT INTERESTS of faculty who

     have ANY EXPERIENCE utilizing videoconferencing for class instruction.

     (These names will not be put on the Web.  They will be placed in a

      spreadsheet and contacted for permission to release to a possible

      clearinghouse for law faculty interested in utilizing VC.)

 

 

 

 

11d. Please provide the NAMES and major SUBJECT INTERESTS of faculty who

     may be willing to EXPERIMENT with videoconferencing.

     (These names will not be put on the Web.  They will be placed in a

      spreadsheet and contacted for permission to release to a possible

      clearinghouse for law faculty interested in utilizing VC.)

 

 

 

12.  Which of the following videoconferencing applications were utilized at

     your law school some time during FY2003-04?

 

      _____ a. Special speakers for a class session, student group or

               the entire student body

 

      _____ b. Student interviews with prospective employers

 

      _____ c. Interviews with potential candidates for faculty or staff

                 positions at your law school

 

      _____ d. Continuing Legal Education presentations

 

      _____ e. Professional or administrative committee meetings

 

      _____ f. Judicial or administrative proceedings conducted at the

                   law school

 

      _____ g. Clinical applications (e.g., remote depositions, client

               inteviews)

 

      _____ h. Courses or class sessions taught jointly with another U.S.

               law school.  Please identify partnering school(s):

 

               ________________________________________________________

 

      _____ i. Courses or class sessions taught jointly with another law

                 school outside the United States.  Please identify

               school(s) and nation(s):________________________________

 

      _____ j. Other. Please identify:___________________________________

 

            ___________________________________________________________

 

13.  Approximately how many non-classroom videoconferencing sessions were 

      conducted at your law school during FY2003-04?  ___________

 

14. Please describe your tech staff's familiarity with the vc equipment:

 

      _____ At least one person is very familiar

 

      _____ Equipment is seldom used so staff is not very familiar

 

      _____ Other (please describe)_______________________________________

 

        (This information will not be placed on the Web.  Anonymous

       aggregate responses may be reported.)

 

 

15. Which statements below most accurately describe your law school's

    current experience with or interest in videoconferencing (check those

    that apply):

 

      _____ a. We have had equipment for several years and its use has

               become routine.

 

      _____ b. We have had equipment for several years but frankly it

               is not being utilized extensively.

 

      _____ c. We have equipment and are interested in learning about 

               other law schools that also have VC capability.

 

      _____ d. We are in the process of acquiring equipment and should

               have capability before Jan 1, 2005.

 

      _____ e. We are in the process of acquiring equipment and should

               have capability by Sep 1, 2005.

 

      _____ f. We are actively exploring the possibility of acquiring

               equipment and will probably make a decision some time 

               this fiscal year (2004-05).

 

      _____ g. We are not interested in videoconferencing at this time

               and are unlikely to acquire equipment in the next few

               years.

 

      _____ h. Other. Please describe:________________________________

 

               _____________________________________________________

           

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FACILITIES AND EQUIPMENT

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16.  Which of the following videoconferencing facilities are available at 

      your law school?

 

      _____  a. None at the law school

 

      _____  b. We utilize facilities elsewhere on campus

 

      _____  c. Roll-around unit(s).  How many? (Please identify brand, 

                model, year of purchase)

              _________________________________________________________

 

              _________________________________________________________

 

      _____  d. Conference room(s) with permanently installed equipment 

                for use by individuals or small groups of 2-5.  How many? 

                (Please identify brand, model, year of purchase for VC

                equipment)

              _________________________________________________________

 

              _________________________________________________________

                 

      _____  e. Seminar room(s) with permanently installed equipment for

                use by groups of 1-20. How many?  (Please identify brand,

                model, year of purchase for  equipment.)

              _________________________________________________________

 

              _________________________________________________________        

 

      _____  f. Large classroom(s) with permanently installed VC equipment

                for use by classes of 50 or more.  How many?  (Please 

                identify brand, model, year of purchase for equipment.)

              _________________________________________________________

 

              _________________________________________________________

           

      _____  g. Court Room with permanently installed eqipment for use in

                mock or actual proceedings and/or for presentations. 

                (Please identify brand, model, year of purchase for VC

                equipment.)

              __________________________________________________________

 

              __________________________________________________________

 

      _____  h. Desk Top unit for Reference Desk in Law Library

 

      _____  i. Other.  Please identify___________________________________

 

              __________________________________________________________

 

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CONNECTIVITY

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17.  Please indicate all that apply:

 

      _____ a. We utilize ONLY dedicated ISDN phone lines for

                   videoconferencing.

 

      _____ b. We utilize ONLY IP/Internet for videoconferencing.

 

      _____ c. We can utilize EITHER ISDN OR IP/Internet for video-

               conferencing.

 

      _____ d. We are equipped to handle point-to-point video-

               conferencing only.

 

      _____ e. We are equipped to handle multi-point videoconferencing.

 

      _____ f. We utilize an external service for multi-point video-

               conferencing.

 

             Please identify your service provider: ________________

             _______________________________________________________

 

      _____ g. Our university is participating in Internet2.

 

 

18.  Please describe the quality (speed, bandwith) of your ISDN connection

     used for videoconferencing:

 

      _____ a. 128 kbps (1 line)

 

      _____ b. 256 kbps (2 lines simultaneously)

 

      _____ c. 384 kbps (3 lines simultaneously)

 

19.  Please describe the quality (speed, bandwidth) of your Internet

     connection used for videoconferencing:

 

      _____ a. Fractional T-1

 

      _____ b. T-1

 

      _____ c. Better than T-1

 

 

20.  Any additional COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS about this survey:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you for your time and attention to this survey!  Hopefully, the

results will be helpful to all law schools as we seek to make effective

use of our videoconferencing capabilities.

 

John E. Christensen, Library Director

 and Professor of Law

Washburn University School of Law

Topeka, KS 66621

 

Member, Technology Committee

ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar

 

email john.christensen@washburn.edu

 

fax   785-232-8087 (attn: John Christensen)