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Using Distance Learning to Teach Environmental Problem Solving Skills and Theory

17 Pages Posted: 7 Mar 2014  

Sean F. Nolon

Vermont Law School

Date Written: 2013


This article explores several questions raised by adapting a negotiation skills course, specifically Environmental Dispute Resolution, to the distance learning format. First, would the distance format be able to teach both the theory of environmental dispute resolution and the basic skills needed to negotiate environmental disputes. Negotiation skills must be taught through the technology-mediated environment of the distance learning platform. Second, since simulations in the face-to-face class are conducted simultaneously, could the asynchronous platform deliver a similar experience? Third, a few simulations have more than five roles. Would technology (bandwidth and software tools) be able to accommodate so many negotiators? Answers to these questions and other observations are provided. This article first explores how the course was developed, the organization of the course, and then explores how instruction takes place in the asynchronous, distance-learning environment.

Keywords: Legal Education, Distance Learning, Teaching Negotiation, Dispute Resolution, Online teaching, Environmental Law

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Nolon, Sean F., Using Distance Learning to Teach Environmental Problem Solving Skills and Theory (2013). Journal of Environmental Law & Litigation, Vol. 28, No. 2, 2013; Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 2-14. Available at SSRN:

Sean F. Nolon (Contact Author)

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