eLearning Course FAQs
The courses have “Audience Levels” listed on their pages. What does this mean for me?
Each learner brings a unique skillset to the table, and ALA wants to ensure that you are taking a course that advances your knowledge and skills. For this reason, the following terms are used to describe the courses:
Basic-Intermediate: Presents foundational terms and processes and then builds on them with higher level content to provide a deeper and/or broader understanding (FM 1A and FM 1B Courses). Suitable for learners with some degree of skill or competence.
Intermediate: Higher level content will be shared so learners can deepen their knowledge and develop new skills (HR 1, HR 2, FM 2B and FM 2B Courses). Basic terms and processes may be referenced, but only as a recall mechanism. Suitable for learners that already have some foundational knowledge of the topics.
What is a 6-week instructor-led, eLearning course?
Each course is 6-weeks in duration with 1 lesson per week. The week begins on Monday and ends on Sunday. Learners will have access to a course instructor and an administrator who are accessible throughout the duration of the course to instruct and support learners.
Learners also gain access to the online classroom approximately 1 week prior to the official start date to access the syllabus and explore the Business of Law eLearning Center that houses ALA’s eLearning courses. Once a course has ended, learners will be able to access the classroom for an additional 10 weeks to view and download course content. In total, learners will have 16 weeks to access the course.
Each week consists of a focused topic of discussion and weekly assignments. These assignments include discussion questions, reading and topic-related assignments (i.e. writing assignment, interviews, web-related research work). The topic of the week is discussed amongst the instructors and learners within a discussion area in the Business of Law eLearning Center. To receive a course completion certificate, learners must complete the minimum course completion requirements by the last day of the course.
What can I expect to be my weekly investment of time for a 6-week course?
Approximately 2-4 hours per week should be set aside to complete course requirements. Actual time varies per learner.
What will I receive with my registration purchase?
Learners will have one-on-one access to our experienced faculty and 6 weeks of online discussions as well as the sharing of ideas and best practices. For courses that require textbooks, learners must purchase them separately. Additional recommended reading materials and multimedia programs, such as recorded webinars, may also be provided within the course.
Please note, a registration includes access to the course for only one individual. If more than one learner from an organization would like to participate in the course, a separate registration will need to be completed for each.
How long will I have access to the course materials?
Learners will have full access to course content for 16 weeks from the start date of the course.
What types of continuing education credits are offered?
Learners can earn credits for the Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program when they meet the minimum course completion requirements. Six Professional Development Credits (PDCs) from SHRM are also available for the HR 1 and HR 2 courses.
What are the minimum course completion requirements?
Each course has a start and end date. All weekly assignments must be completed and quizzes passed with 70% or higher by the last day of the course in order to receive course completion certificate and CLM/SHRM credits