Sarah, our Director of Content Development and the newest CALI staff member, sets the bar high with her first Spotlight post. Read her thoughts on open access in a post called "Why We Fight."
It is a happy coincidence that Open Access Week coincides with my inaugural post on the new CALI Spotlight blog.
With so many combined years of experience in this space, there's a whole lot of knowledge among the CALI staff about legal education, technology, and access to justice. So follow along at the new CALI Spotlight Blog where CALI staffers will soon post individual thoughts and opinions about the things we are passionate about here at CALI.
We do a lot of research at the intersections of technology, law, education and access to justice, but we have been remiss in capturing wisdom from these half-baked ideas.
Update 10/13 8pm: Classcaster is up and running again. Head over to classcaster.net or your favorite Classcaster blog and see for yourself. We're sorry about that.
10/13 5:30pm: We're experiencing some technical issues with Classcaster at the moment. Class blogs and others, like LibTour, are currently unavailable. Please bear with us as we work to fix the problems. We're sorry for the inconvenience.
Clear your calendar. The 2012 CALI Conference for Law School Computing® will be held in San Diego, Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23 at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Watch this blog, Twitter, or Facebook for future CALIcon12 announcements. And if you want to relive past conferences, we've uploaded to YouTube any and all past conference video we had stored away on servers. Enjoy!
We've partnered with the Legal Information Institute at Cornell Law School to publish the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, Criminal Procedure, and Evidence in ebook format. The books are completely free to download and use, but please consider a donation to LII. Our eLangdell books are open and lack any DRM, so they're compatible with iPads, Kindles, and much more. Have a look...
We've heard your collective feedback and implemented a few updates for one of our favorite faculty features: LessonLink score tracking (a LessonLink FAQ if you're unfamiliar).
New options for current LessonLinks.
What used to be the "My LessonLinks" tab is now called "Current LessonLinks" (you'll need to login at cali.org to see LessonLink pages).
Your links are organized into groups called courses. Each of your current courses now has some new options...:
Students tried one hundred and forty-one times, only two did it. Both Shawn Chang of University of Georgia and Vincent Costa of Touro Law Center completed the CALI Punctuation and Grammar for Law Students Challenge, answering all questions in the lesson correctly. Congratulations, guys! We'll contact you both with details on your prizes. As a consolation, everyone who took the challenge is surely a better writer now. Thanks to all who participated. Stay tuned, we may do this again.
Faculty, did you know you can easily track student usage for CALI Lessons you assign with LessonLink? That's right, no more requiring student screenshots or print-outs as proof that your students ran the lesson. It's simple to create LessonLinks, and the student scoring data shows up in your CALI profile's "My LessonLinks" page as long as students run the lessons through the exact links you give them. Here's a LessonLink video to show you how.
Sure, running our Punctuation and Grammar for Law Students lesson will help you with common legal writing mistakes. But if you run the lesson through this exact link within the next week, you could just win a prize. Ok, maybe a Starbucks giftcard doesn't compare to the higher legal writing grade you will surely receive. But still, here are the details...
Today is our newest staff member's first day; Sarah Glassmeyer is now our Director of Content Development. She comes to CALI from the law librarian world where she's well-known as an innovator and leader in the community. She was even named one of the Fastcase 50 legal innovators along with John, our Executive Director. Needless to say, we're thrilled to have her aboard. You can follow her through her Twitter account and her blog. Read her take on joining CALI. Welcome to CALI, Sarah!
We didn't forget about faculty in all the excitement. We've built into the new Lessons some very handy special features visible only to faculty users. Here are the details:...