Frequently Asked Questions

Question about how to use a CALI tool or service? We have an answer! But if you don't find it here, please don't hesitate to contact us at feedback@cali.org!

Registration is very easy and should take about 2 minutes.    Before you get started you need two things: (1) Your school’s authorization code and (2) an email address.  Yep, that’s it!

Okay, to start you will go to www.cali.org.  In the top right hand side of the page, there is a link to register. (Shown below.)  Click that or alternatively you can just go right to www.cali.org/register.

That will take you to the registration page.  It looks like this:
 

Two things to remember:

(1) Make sure your authorization code is accepted by the site.  You’ll know it is when you are asked to pick a graduating class date.  You may have to click outside of the box to get the process started.  It usually takes just a few seconds, but during the back to school rush, sometimes it may take up to a minute.

(2) Use a valid email address.  We generally don’t email students unless it is a site maintenance emergency, but if you forget your password, the system sends out an email for you to reset it.

That’s pretty much it.  Register once and then for the rest of your law school career you can use CALI lessons as often as you like.  If you have any questions or issues, please don’t hesitate to contact us!  We are here to help you get through law school.

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The registration process is the same for all users. The authorization code provides the differing levels of access on the CALI site. To register:

  1. There is a link titled "register" in the dark green bar on the top of the website.
  2. Fill out the form provided. You will need to chose a username, password and provide an email address.
  3. You will also need to provide the CALI Authorization Code for your institution. If you do not have the code, your institution's Authorization Code contact can be found on this list. CALI is unable to provide authorization codes over the phone or via email. You will have to get it from your school representative. They are also sometimes kept in the library or on school intranets.
  4. After typing in the Authorization Code, be sure to hit enter or click the cursor away from the box, as this will initiate the authorization process. Make sure you have a Faculty Authorization Code. This will allow you to use special Faculty Tools on the CALI.
  5. Fill out the rest of the form and click the "create a new account" button at the bottom of the webpage.

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No problem.  Please email feedback@cali.org and we can fix your account.  Be sure to include your username or email address in the message.

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CALI Lessons are a great tool for students throughout the semester - not just as finals crunch time! We encourage members to give students their authorization codes in the beginning of the school year so that they can immediately use CALI. CALI member schools may give admitted students the CALI authorization code and access to CALI Lessons prior to the start of class if the student has given the school a tuition deposit.

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Authorization Codes are unique alphanumeric codes sent to every CALI member school and organization.  They are only used during the creation of the user account.   After that account is created, you never need to use or remember the authorization code again!  You'll use your self-created username and password to log into CALI after you create your account.

There are two different authorization codes for each school - one for faculty and one for students.  The CALI website has special faculty-only features, including answers to CALI lessons.  Therefore, only faculty should use the Faculty Authorization Code.

CALI is unable to give out your institution's authorization code over the phone or email.    We have a list of contacts that are authorized to hand out the code.  Alternatively, check with your library...they usually have the code available.

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Because CALI's password retrieval email is automated, many email systems will mistakenly classify them as junk mail or spam.

Check your spam or trash folders.  It may be in there.

If it's not there and it's been at least 15 minutes, it may be that your email system blocked the email entirely.  This is becoming common with .edu addresses.

If after 15 minutes and there is no email, please send an email to feedback@CALI.org.  Include your email address and a new email address that you would like to use for your account.  We will swap out the old email and replace it with the new one so that you can get emails.

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Here's how to change your password on your CALI account:
  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be two boxes for password. Type in your new password and then confirm it. Note: The website will tell you how strong your password is, but the only requirement is that it is six characters long.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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CALI has an automated password retrieval system that will send you an email.  It will contain a link to a page on the CALI website where you will be able to reset your email.  This link will expire after a day and will only be good for your account.  If you do not use it, nothing will happen.

Please note: These emails are sometimes marked as spam and are either sent to your junk mail folder or blocked completely.  If you have not received an email in 15 minutes, please email feedback@cali.org to have your password manually reset.

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Here's how to change your username on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be two box with your username.  Enter your new username. Please do not use your email address as your username.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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It's easy to edit/change your name on your CALI Account, just follow these steps:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark blue bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on "My Account" to go to your CALI account information.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • Scroll down the page to find entries for "First Name", "Middle Name", and "Last Name" and edit those as you wish
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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If you are logged in and can't run lessons, it is likely that you created the account prior to 2012 when we allowed for guest accounts. You will need to create a new account using an authorization code from your institution. We maintain a list of authorization code contacts on the website or you can always check in the library.

If you used to be able to run lessons, and now you cannot, it is entirely possible that you have two CALI accounts, one with an authorization code and one without.  If there's ever any confusion, contact webmaster@CALI.org and we can find your account(s).

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Yes you can.

A working email address must be associated with your CALI account.  While we don't send out many emails to our users, the ones we do are very important for your continued use of CALI.  But most importantly, if you've forgotten your password, the only way to retrieve it is to have a working email associated with your CALI account.

Here's how to change your email address on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be an entry for your email address.  Delete your current address and add in the one you wish to use.  At this time, hotmail.com email addresses are not permitted.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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There could be several reasons why you are having difficulties logging into CALI.
  1. Make sure you are using the correct username. If you are not sure, use the password reset function. The automated email that you will receive is address to your username.
  2. Try an alternate browser and make sure the browsers you use are updated.
  3. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.
  4. Clear your browser's cookies.
If none of those work, try to log in on another device. Remember - CALI lessons are compatible with tablets and smart phones. If you are able to log in there, that means there is an issue with your computer and we are going to be unable to help you. If you are unable to log in on the new device or computer, please contact feedback@cali.org and we check your account for issues.

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There are two possibilities.

  1. Your browser needs to accept cookies in order to access certain CALI resources and especially to run CALI lessons. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies from cali.org. We only use cookies to track you permissions to access certain CALI resources like CALI Lessons. If you're browser is set to accept cookies, read on.
  2. Your browser is holding onto cookies with incorrect information. This is very common when you've recently changed passwords. In this case, log out of CALI, clear the cookies of your browser and then re-login with your correct credentials.

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It's easy to edit/change your name on your CALI Account, just follow these steps:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark blue bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on "My Account" to go to your CALI account information.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • Scroll down the page to find entries for "First Name", "Middle Name", and "Last Name" and edit those as you wish
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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Access to CALI Lessons (and certain other materials) is limited to faculty, students and staff of CALI's member organizations. If you fall into this category, you'll need to create an account on CALI's website before you can continue. To create an account, you'll need two things:

  1. A CALI Authorization Code from your school or organization.  A list of CALI representatives that have the code is available on the CALI website.  Alternatively, they are usually available in the library.
  2. An email address.  Any email address will work provided it's not a Hotmail address, which we've had to ban due to spammer activity.

During registration, you will be asked to create a username and password for your CALI account.  This is what you'll use to log into CALI from then on.

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Yes.  Scores are automatically saved when you take a CALI lesson.  To resume:

  1. Log into the CALI website.
  2. Hover over your name so that the drop down menu appears.
  3. Click on "My Lesson Runs."  This will take you to a page that will list all of your CALI lesson activity.
  4. Click on "resume" for the lesson you would like to resume. It will return you to the spot you were at when you quit the lesson.

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The most likely reason for this error message is that you are not logged into the CALI website.  All CALI Lessons, LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons can only be viewed by those that are logged in.  If you do not yet have a CALI username and password, please view the FAQ on how to obtain those.

At the top of the webpage is the drop down to log in.  After logging into the CALI website hit refresh.  If that does not work, close the page and refollow the link you were given.  Do not try to search for the lesson by title, as the link may be to an Autopublished lesson or a LessonLink.  Those require access by a specific URL in order for your performance to be recorded.

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With so many lessons - over 1,000 in 40+ subjects! - students may have trouble finding the lessons that apply to them. Luckily, we have several ways to aid students in their search for the right CALI Lessons. Note: if you are a faculty member reviewing lessons, we have some other tips for you in deciding which lesson to assign. Please see this question/answer.

  • By topic: browse lessons sorted by topic, listed in alphabetical order. Some subjects' full list of lessons are very long, so don't forget about your browser's find function (CTRL + F or CMD + F) to search the page for keywords.
  • Search: use cali.org's search bar (top right) to search CALI lesson names and descriptions. Please note: CALI's website search covers a LOT of material, so you may have to refine your search several times to find an appropriate lesson.
  • By casebook: find your casebook's author and title, then see what CALI Lesson(s) match up with specific pages in that book.
  • By subject outline: matches subtopics traditionally covered in certain subjects with corresponding CALI Lessons.
  • By author: many of our law professors and librarians write multiple lessons for us. You may even see your professor!
  • New lessons list: look here or subscribe to the new CALI Lessons RSS feed to see the newest CALI Lessons.
  • Updated lessons list: this lists the most recently updated lessons, also with an RSS feed.

 

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Only the student or CALI will be able to see the score, with two exceptions:

  • The first exception is when the student explicitly indicates that they want to submit the score for review by a faculty member. This would be in conjunction with the LessonLink and/or AutoPublish services. You can learn more about these in their respective FAQs.
  • The second exception is that CALI will use the scores as a way to improve its lessons without revealing any personal detail about the student. When used in aggregate, scores can be used by CALI to determine if there are improvements to be made to a CALI lessons. The aggregate scores of all students who take a lesson may be shared with the lesson's author to see if there are ways to refine or improve the lesson for future students.

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No, at this time CALI Lesson scores cannot be deleted by students or CALI staff.

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CALI Lesson scores remain available for the life of a CALI account.

Scores from the current semester can be viewed on a student's "My Lesson Runs" page. Previous semester lesson scores will be found in chronological order on this page under the "Past Lesson Runs" tab.

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CALI Lesson scores are saved automatically, even if you don't remember to click the "Exit & Resume Later" link at the top of the page within each CALI Lesson." However, they will not be reported unless you click the "finalize my score" button.

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Generally speaking, faculty are unable to view student performance on CALI Lessons. There are three exceptions:

  1. Students provide the faculty member with a printed or digital version of the certificate that appears at the end of lessons. This will provide only the score for the lesson.
  2. The faculty member creates a LessonLink and can view the scores and question by question performance directly via the "Current LessonLinks" tab for LessonLinks created that semester, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the LessonLink.
  3. The faculty member creates an Autopublished CALI lesson and can view student scores and question by question performance directly via the "Published Lessons" link, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the Autopublished lesson.

For information on how to create LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons, please view their FAQs.

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Strictly speaking, you can't change the score of a lesson once you have answered all the questions. You can change answers, but the original score will remain.

If you have not finalized a lesson and still have questions to answer, you can resume the lesson and finish the CALI Lesson. This will change the final score of the lesson. You are also able to take CALI Lessons as many times as you wish.

Please note: if you are taking a LessonLink CALI Lesson or an AutoPublished Lesson, your professor will be able to see multiple lesson runs. For more information on resuming a lesson, LessonLink or AutoPublish, please see their respective questions in the FAQs.

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Generally speaking, only the student knows which CALI Lessons a student has taken and what their score was. However, if a faculty member would like to use CALI Lessons for formative or summative assessment, they have a few options to find student scores.

  1. They can have students submit a lesson certificate that shows their completion and performance on a CALI Lesson. Each certificate lists the students' name, when they finalized the lesson, how many questions were attempted and how many they answered correctly.
  2. If you use LessonLink, you will be able to view the scores and question-by-question performance of your students on a CALI Lesson.

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No. Any time after you complete a CALI Lesson, you can retrieve and print your certificate.
  1. After logging into CALI, go to your "Lesson Runs" page by following the link from the "CALI Dashboard" dropdown.
  2. Click on the highlighted percentage score of the lesson that you want a certificate for.
  3. You will be taken to the "Detailed Score Report" for the lesson.
  4. At the top of the score report, there will be a link to "print certificate."
  5. From there you can print the certificate or take a screen shot that can be emailed.

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There are two ways to print your CALI Lesson certificate.

  1. After you have completed every page in a lesson or clicked the "complete the lesson" link in the lesson's table of content, you will be taken to the final page of the lesson. This is the certificate. At the bottom there is a button that says, "Print this score." Click to print.
  2. On the same page as in the instruction above, there is a button that says, "Finalize this score." Click this and your score will be finalized. It also means that you will not be able to resume the lesson. At any time you may go to either your "Current Lesson Runs" (for lessons that you have taken this semester) or "Past Lesson Runs" for all other lessons. Click on the percentage score for the lesson you would like a certificate for. This will take you to a detailed score report. There will be a link to "Print Certificate."

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If your professor is using LessonLink and you correctly followed the special URL your professor provided to you, your professor will see your scores by viewing their LessonLink Dashboard. You won't have to do anything. However, if you did not use the URL that your professor gave to you, they will not be able to see your score.

If your professor is not using LessonLink or you did not use the URL that they provided, you can still show that you've taken a CALI Lesson by printing off the CALI Lesson Certificate. Please view the FAQ on CALI Lesson Certificates for complete instructions on how to print or save them.

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LessonLink is a feature of the CALI website that allows faculty members to view student performance to a question by question level on existing CALI Lessons. LessonLink and AutoPublish are the only two CALI tools that allow this.

It does this by creating a special URL for a CALI Lesson.  This URL is only viewable by people who are given it - it will not show up in a search of CALI Lessons. Anyone with the link can take the lesson, regardless of where they attend school or if they are registered in the faculty member's class.   The lesson performance of anyone who follows the LessonLink URL (and only those people) will be viewable by the faculty member who created the LessonLink.

Faculty members may create an unlimited amount of LessonLinks.  It is strongly recommended that you create new LessonLinks each semester as student results will be cumulative and it will soon be difficult to track performance.  Also, please note, only the faculty member who creates the LessonLink will be able to view the results.

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Creating a LessonLink is very easy! The whole process takes about five minutes.

  1. Make sure you are logged into CALI with a Faculty account.
  2. Go to the LessonLink page on the CALI website.
  3. Click the link to "Create LessonLinks".
  4. Enter your course name. This can be anything you would like.
  5. Pick the semester in which students will be taking the LessonLink, not when you are making it.
  6. Select the CALI topic area which best describes your course. If you are teaching a class that covers more than one legal subject area, don't worry! You can back later and select another topic.
  7. A list of all the CALI Lessons tagged with that subject will appear. You can then check the box next to the lessons that you would like to create LessonLinks for.
  8. Click "Create LessonLinks" at the bottom of the page.

At this point you will be taken to a page that is titled the name of the course you entered in Step 4 above. This page will have all the LessonLinks you have created. There will also be an option to continue creating LessonLinks and add them to this course's list of LessonLinks. You should also receive an email with the URLs of your course page and LessonLinks. The URL of the course page or the URLs of each individual LessonLink can be shared with your students via email, TWEN or any other means of communication. (Note: You can put a LessonLink URL into a Microsoft Word document, but students won't be able to Ctrl-Click to follow the link.  This is a limitation of Word and not LessonLink. Converting to PDF is your best option. This article explains all the gory details).  It depends on whether you wish to allow the students to view all of the LessonLinks at once or if you prefer to make them available on a timed basis. To view student scores and performance, go to your "Current LessonLinks" dashboard. From there you can click the "details" button to view more information.

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AutoPublish is a feature within the CALI Author software that allows faculty members to create their own lessons, quizzes or study aids.  It also provides the opportunity for editing existing CALI lessons. This could be done to change the length of a lesson or to add in jurisdictional differences, for example.

All AutoPublished Lessons appear on the CALI website and have the same style as "Official" CALI Lessons.  However, only those people with the URL of the AutoPublished Lesson will be able to find and use it.  It will not appear in search results of the CALI website nor will edited lessons replace the "Official" version.

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CALI Lessons and AutoPublished Lessons look a lot alike - after all, they reside on the same website and are created with the same software. They will also both show up in a student's "My Lesson Runs" dashboard. However, there are some important differences between the two:

  • CALI does not review the content of AutoPublish Lessons, nor do we modify or update them. AutoPublish lessons are purely the creation of your professor and, thus, CALI makes no gaurantees about AutoPublished lesson content.
  • AutoPublish lessons are not publicly visible at cali.org, unlike regular CALI Lessons available to all authorized users through the CALI Library of Lessons. Only users who have been given the URL to an AutoPublish lesson have access to that AutoPublish lesson.
  • AutoPublish lessons have a special AutoPublish logo in the upper-left, in place of the CALI Lesson logo found on regular CALI Lessons.

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On the left hand side of every CALI Lesson page there is a box called "Teaching Guide".   Here's a brief overview of what they are:

  1. Mapper is the term CALI uses to denote a map - similar to a subway route map - that represents all the pages in a CALI lesson, choices students could make and the paths the lesson might follow. Some CALI lessons are rather complex in structure and include Socratic dialogues with the student where the student's choice decides the next question in the lesson.
  2. LessonText is a special feature that permits faculty to see an entire CALI lesson as a single text document. The lesson's text is displayed as a webpage and can be printed for viewing in a comfy chair or copied into a word processing document.
  3. LessonLink is a CALI Tool that allows you to view your students' performance on this CALI Lesson. For more information about LessonLink, read its FAQs and instructions.
  4. Download is what you click to download the lesson and all associated images in the CALI Author software format.  You will need to first download CALI Author.

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Yes! The following features are available to faculty. Please note: you must be logged into CALI with a faculty account in order to view them.

  1. LessonText: This provides all of the content of the CALI Lesson - questions, answer and images - in a single webpage. It makes printing and reviewing a lesson much easier.
  2. LessonLink: This tool provides a special URL to an existing CALI Lesson. When students use that to take the lesson, faculty can view their performance via their LessonLink Dashboard.
  3. AutoPublish: This is a tool within the CALI Author software (which powers CALI Lessons) that allows faculty to edit existing lessons or write their own educational materials and publish it on the CALI website. AutoPublished lessons have the same score tracking ability as LessonLink lessons.
  4. Mapper: The lesson Mapper gives a graphical view of a lesson and allows you to see the various branches that some of our CALI Lessons have.

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Yes, we allow (and encourage!) faculty to edit or modify existing CALI Lessons to better suit their pedagogical needs. It's just another of the many benefits we provide our members. To edit CALI Lessons, faculty will need to download and install the CALI Author software. As with any software or tool, there is a slight learning curve with using it, but for the most part, if you can use a word processor and webpages, you can use CALI Author. Of course, we are always happy to provide training or tips on using it. After editing, the new lessons can be republished to the CALI website via the AutoPublish feature. Don't worry - you're not going to replace the existing lesson! The edited lesson appears on a separate place on the website only discoverable by those whom you give the URL to. As an added benefit, AutoPublished lessons have score and performance tracking capabilities.

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With so many lessons, faculty and staff may have trouble finding lessons that are relevant to their students . Luckily, we have tools to aid in your search to assign or suggest appropriate lessons:

  • By topic: browse lessons sorted by topic, listed in alphabetical order. Some subjects' full list of lessons are very long, so don't forget about your browser's find function (CTRL + F or CMD + F) to search the page for keywords.
  • Search: use cali.org's search bar (top right) to search CALI lesson names and descriptions.
  • By casebook: find your casebook's author and title, then see what CALI Lesson(s) match up with specific pages in that book.
  • By subject outline: matches subtopics traditionally covered in certain subjects with corresponding CALI Lessons.
  • By Author: many of our law professors and librarians write multiple lessons for us.
  • New Lessons List: look here or subscribe to the new CALI Lessons RSS feed to see the newest CALI Lessons.
  • Updated Lessons List: this lists the most recently updated lessons, also with an RSS feed.

Once you find a lesson, you most like would want to review its content. If you would like to review, you can, of course run the lesson as if you were a student. But there are a couple of faculty-only features to aid in your review of a lesson, and you may find these features more convenient than reviewing the student version:

  • Lesson Text - a full text version of the lesson that includes all questions, answers, and feedback contained within in the lesson; all on one web page. LessonText is easy to print and suitable for reading in your favorite comfy chair.
  • Mapper - a visual presentation of a lesson's structure showing branches and right/wrong choices.

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Once you find a lesson, you most like would want to review its content. If you would like to review, you can, of course run the lesson as if you were a student. But there are a couple of faculty-only features to aid in your review of a lesson, and you may find these features more convenient than reviewing the student version:

  • Lesson Text - a full text version of the lesson that includes all questions, answers, and feedback contained within in the lesson; all on one web page. LessonText is easy to print and suitable for reading in your favorite comfy chair. The link to the LessonText appears on the informational page of each lesson.
  • Mapper - a visual presentation of a lesson's structure showing branches an d right/wrong choices. This allows you to see the various paths a student may take through a lesson.

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Yes! You can easily post a link directly to a CALI Lesson, LessonLink or AutoPublished CALI Lesson in Course Management Systems like TWEN, Blackboard, Web CT, etc. There are two tips to make sure this works correctly:

  1. Suggest students log into CALI before following the link to the CALI Lesson. They can always log in when the arrive, but they may get an access denied error for LessonLinks and AutoPublished CALI Lessons and become confused.
  2. Set your link to open in a new webpage, completely outside of your CMS.

Read on for more explanation... Just like any link, you can post a link directly to a single CALI Lesson to direct your students to it. Just click on the lesson name in the list of lessons, copy the URL from your browser, and then paste that URL wherever you like. Just like this: http://www.cali.org/lesson/815 But - and this is very important - in many classroom management systems the links will not work correctly unless you set the link to the CALI lesson to open in a new window. Oftentimes a CMS' default is to open links within the CMS or with a CMS wrapper around the external link. CALI lessons don't react well to that. So when you're using WebCT, ANGEL, TWEN, Blackboard, or any CMS... always double-check your own CALI link and ensure the link opens in a completely new and clean window. NOT within the CMS.

Signs that your CMS link will be problematic:

  • Looking in your CMS link's properties or settings, you see that the option to "open link in new window" (or similar) is not checked or selected.
  • You follow your link and it opens with the frame of your CMS around it.
  • Your CMS or college logo is visible after following the CALI lesson link.
  • The URL in the window starts with anything other than our website's: http://www.cali.org.

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CALI Author is the software that powers CALI Lessons. Faculty at CALI member schools may download the software and use it to edit existing CALI Lessons or create their own learning objects.

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CALI Lessons scores only viewable by the student and in aggregate by CALI for purposes of research and improvement of CALI lessons. When faculty view scores, it is only after students have explicitly given their permission with full disclosure. If you have any concerns, please contact us directly for further discussion.

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LessonLink Lessons will generally appear exactly like a regular CALI Lesson. That's because they are one!  They just have a special URL that allows your professor to track your score and performance. There are a few ways to tell if you are taking one.

  1. You are sent to a CALI Courses page with several lessons listed. It will have "courses" in the URL and the CALI Lessons listed will have "LessonLink" in their URL.
  2. The URL of the CALI Lesson that your professor gives to you has "LessonLink" in it.
  3. When you view your "My Lesson Runs" dashboard, your professor's name will appear in the "professor" column. If it's a regular CALI Lesson, this column will be blank.

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For citing a CALI lesson in bluebook format, you should generally follow rule 18.2.2. Here’s an example:

  • Wayne Schiess, Punctuation and Grammar Basics for Law Students, The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (September 12, 2014), http://www.cali.org/lesson/585

With ALWD, you will follow rule 40.0 and its subdivisions. Here’s the same lesson in ALWD format:

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Yes, however only faculty may download CALI Lessons to their computer. Using our AutoPublish feature, you can then republish the lesson with any edits that you choose to make.

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Clicking that link will not save the CALI Lesson to your web browser. Instead, we provide users with a way of saving links to CALI Lessons in one place - the Bookmarks dashboard. This is a way to keep track of CALI Lessons that you may want to take, not just ones that you have taken, without searching through our library of over 1,000 CALI Lessons. You can always remove a CALI Lesson bookmark at any time.

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CALI Lessons are generally designed so that students can run them without supplemental materials. However, several Civil Procedure exercises encourage users to read parts of the Roger C. Park and Douglas D. McFarland book called Computer-Aided Exercises on Civil Procedure (7th ed. 2014) (eLangdell Press). This book is available for free in several formats from CALI's eLangdell Press.

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CALI Lessons are interactive tutorials designed to help law students improve their knowledge of legal concepts through a process of presenting a concept and then immediately testing them on it. Studies have shown that this is one of the most effective way to learn and retain knowledge.

CALI currently has over 1,000 tutorials in over 40 legal subjects. All CALI lessons are written and peer reviewed by faculty at CALI member schools. They can be used for assessment by faculty or for student self-study.

CALI Lessons are absolutely free for students and faculty at CALI member schools to use. However, you must register on the CALI website. Please see your CALI representative to get the authorization code needed to register.

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eLangdell® Press is our free and open book imprint. What do we mean by open? Open means we publish eLangdell® books under a Creative Commons license so you can rearrange and remix them to your way of teaching. It also means no DRM and any eReader, smartphone, tablet or computer will be able to use them. You and your students can download our books absolutely free of charge and keep them forever. They even come in print!

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Let's say you want...

  •     a version of the eBook file that is printable and most resembles print, with static page numbering, and you do not want to edit its content. PDF
  • to read the eBook on your iPad, Nook, or nearly any non-Kindle device. ePub (ePubs even work on "your computer with a number of free software)
  •  to read the eBook on your Kindle. Mobi
  •  an easy way to edit or customize the content of the file for redistribution to students, or for other non-commercial uses. Word

 

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A .mobi, like an .epub, is a file extension designed especially for ebooks; but mostly for the Amazon Kindle.

You can read .mobi files on your PC or Mac with certain software; but we usually recommend using the .epub version in most instances unless you're transferring your book to a Kindle.

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We recommend the .epub version. But first, you'll need to install a compatible software like Nook's desktop apps or even the Firefox extension EPUBreader.

More .epub-compatible software options, some of which also read .mobis, can be found in Wikipedia's .epub software listing. Look around and experiment with different options. Find which one works best for you.

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This varies greatly depending on which device you use. Do some searching around the web for how to transfer the file to your specific device and you'll likely find videos and how-tos. Don't hesitate to contact us if you're having issues with the transfer.

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We've found that a few Windows machines take our .epubs and, inexplicably, rename the .epub file extension .zip. None of our ebook files should come to you in .zip format. If you're seeing a .zip file, it's an error.

The easiest way to fix this is by renaming your file from XXXX.zip back to XXXX.epub. Then make sure you open the .epub file with an epub-compatible software or device.

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There's an few options.

  • If you have a tablet or smartphone and you are connected to the Internet, clicking on the link to the .epub should automatically open it.  You may need to install an epub reader app if you haven't already. There are many free ones to choose from.   If your device is not connected to the internet, follow the manufacturers' instructions on transfering files.
  • If you are using a desktop or laptop computer and don't need offline access, there are several free browser extensions for firefox and chrome that allow you to read the book within the browser.
  • If you are using a desktop or laptop and need or prefer offline access, download the book to your computer and then use an ebook manager tool like Calibre to read the book.
  • If you have a Kindle, you can use Calibre to transform the book into a PDF or .mobi format for viewing on your Kindle.

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An .epub file is a type of file designed especially for ebooks and ereaders. It's most notably the format of choice for iBooks, iPads, iPhones, and Apple devices. Epub files do not work on Kindles. For that you'll need the .mobi.

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All of our casebooks and casebook chapters are written by law professors at CALI member schools. They are reviewed by a committee of other faculty members before publication. CALI staff also reviews for spelling, punctuation and other editing issues. If you find a mistake, please let us know!

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On the left hand side of every CALI Lesson page there is a box called "Teaching Guide".   Here's a brief overview of what they are:

  1. Mapper is the term CALI uses to denote a map - similar to a subway route map - that represents all the pages in a CALI lesson, choices students could make and the paths the lesson might follow. Some CALI lessons are rather complex in structure and include Socratic dialogues with the student where the student's choice decides the next question in the lesson.
  2. LessonText is a special feature that permits faculty to see an entire CALI lesson as a single text document. The lesson's text is displayed as a webpage and can be printed for viewing in a comfy chair or copied into a word processing document.
  3. LessonLink is a CALI Tool that allows you to view your students' performance on this CALI Lesson. For more information about LessonLink, read its FAQs and instructions.
  4. Download is what you click to download the lesson and all associated images in the CALI Author software format.  You will need to first download CALI Author.

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Mapper is a pictorial representation - similar to a subway map - of a lesson's contents. Faculty use Mapper for a variety of reasons. Some faculty like to see the extent (number of questions, amount of branching in a lesson) of a lesson before reviewing it themselves or assigning it to their students. Mapper can also be printed out for use in class, or even open on the faculty member's computer screen during class. This allows faculty to know the "right" path through a lesson's Socratic dialogue. As the class debates a choice in open class, the professor can guide students through the lesson knowing places (1) where the lesson may loopback to the original question, or (2) take the students through a series of related followup questions often designed to challenge the students initial response or to fill-in knowledge the students may be lacking. Of course, these same reasons for using Mapper are applicable for any lessons worked through by students during a professor's office hours. Mapper's benefit is faculty can use it to guide students through a particular sequence of questions.

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Yes! The following features are available to faculty. Please note: you must be logged into CALI with a faculty account in order to view them.

  1. LessonText: This provides all of the content of the CALI Lesson - questions, answer and images - in a single webpage. It makes printing and reviewing a lesson much easier.
  2. LessonLink: This tool provides a special URL to an existing CALI Lesson. When students use that to take the lesson, faculty can view their performance via their LessonLink Dashboard.
  3. AutoPublish: This is a tool within the CALI Author software (which powers CALI Lessons) that allows faculty to edit existing lessons or write their own educational materials and publish it on the CALI website. AutoPublished lessons have the same score tracking ability as LessonLink lessons.
  4. Mapper: The lesson Mapper gives a graphical view of a lesson and allows you to see the various branches that some of our CALI Lessons have.

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Yes, however only faculty may download CALI Lessons to their computer. Using our AutoPublish feature, you can then republish the lesson with any edits that you choose to make.

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Yes, we allow (and encourage!) faculty to edit or modify existing CALI Lessons to better suit their pedagogical needs. It's just another of the many benefits we provide our members. To edit CALI Lessons, faculty will need to download and install the CALI Author software. As with any software or tool, there is a slight learning curve with using it, but for the most part, if you can use a word processor and webpages, you can use CALI Author. Of course, we are always happy to provide training or tips on using it. After editing, the new lessons can be republished to the CALI website via the AutoPublish feature. Don't worry - you're not going to replace the existing lesson! The edited lesson appears on a separate place on the website only discoverable by those whom you give the URL to. As an added benefit, AutoPublished lessons have score and performance tracking capabilities.

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With so many lessons, faculty and staff may have trouble finding lessons that are relevant to their students . Luckily, we have tools to aid in your search to assign or suggest appropriate lessons:

  • By topic: browse lessons sorted by topic, listed in alphabetical order. Some subjects' full list of lessons are very long, so don't forget about your browser's find function (CTRL + F or CMD + F) to search the page for keywords.
  • Search: use cali.org's search bar (top right) to search CALI lesson names and descriptions.
  • By casebook: find your casebook's author and title, then see what CALI Lesson(s) match up with specific pages in that book.
  • By subject outline: matches subtopics traditionally covered in certain subjects with corresponding CALI Lessons.
  • By Author: many of our law professors and librarians write multiple lessons for us.
  • New Lessons List: look here or subscribe to the new CALI Lessons RSS feed to see the newest CALI Lessons.
  • Updated Lessons List: this lists the most recently updated lessons, also with an RSS feed.

Once you find a lesson, you most like would want to review its content. If you would like to review, you can, of course run the lesson as if you were a student. But there are a couple of faculty-only features to aid in your review of a lesson, and you may find these features more convenient than reviewing the student version:

  • Lesson Text - a full text version of the lesson that includes all questions, answers, and feedback contained within in the lesson; all on one web page. LessonText is easy to print and suitable for reading in your favorite comfy chair.
  • Mapper - a visual presentation of a lesson's structure showing branches and right/wrong choices.

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Once you find a lesson, you most like would want to review its content. If you would like to review, you can, of course run the lesson as if you were a student. But there are a couple of faculty-only features to aid in your review of a lesson, and you may find these features more convenient than reviewing the student version:

  • Lesson Text - a full text version of the lesson that includes all questions, answers, and feedback contained within in the lesson; all on one web page. LessonText is easy to print and suitable for reading in your favorite comfy chair. The link to the LessonText appears on the informational page of each lesson.
  • Mapper - a visual presentation of a lesson's structure showing branches an d right/wrong choices. This allows you to see the various paths a student may take through a lesson.

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Yes! You can easily post a link directly to a CALI Lesson, LessonLink or AutoPublished CALI Lesson in Course Management Systems like TWEN, Blackboard, Web CT, etc. There are two tips to make sure this works correctly:

  1. Suggest students log into CALI before following the link to the CALI Lesson. They can always log in when the arrive, but they may get an access denied error for LessonLinks and AutoPublished CALI Lessons and become confused.
  2. Set your link to open in a new webpage, completely outside of your CMS.

Read on for more explanation... Just like any link, you can post a link directly to a single CALI Lesson to direct your students to it. Just click on the lesson name in the list of lessons, copy the URL from your browser, and then paste that URL wherever you like. Just like this: http://www.cali.org/lesson/815 But - and this is very important - in many classroom management systems the links will not work correctly unless you set the link to the CALI lesson to open in a new window. Oftentimes a CMS' default is to open links within the CMS or with a CMS wrapper around the external link. CALI lessons don't react well to that. So when you're using WebCT, ANGEL, TWEN, Blackboard, or any CMS... always double-check your own CALI link and ensure the link opens in a completely new and clean window. NOT within the CMS.

Signs that your CMS link will be problematic:

  • Looking in your CMS link's properties or settings, you see that the option to "open link in new window" (or similar) is not checked or selected.
  • You follow your link and it opens with the frame of your CMS around it.
  • Your CMS or college logo is visible after following the CALI lesson link.
  • The URL in the window starts with anything other than our website's: http://www.cali.org.

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LessonText is a special feature that permits faculty to see an entire CALI lesson as a single webpage that can be printed for viewing in a comfy chair or copied into a word processing document. To locate the LessonText for a particular lesson:

  1. Log into CALI's website with your faculty account.
  2. Select the lesson you wish to see in LessonText format. You can select the lesson by browsing by subject area, casebook, or author.
  3. Click "Faculty View". This will take you to the LessonText of the lesson.

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Yes, yes you can!

  1. Make sure you are logged into CALI with the faculty account that created the autopublished lesson.
  2. Go to your CALI Autopublish page.
  3. View your published Autopublished lessons.
  4. Click on "Details" for the lesson scores that you would like to view.
  5. Clicking on a student's percentage score will allow you to view performance on a question by question basis.

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Generally speaking, faculty are unable to view student performance on CALI Lessons. There are three exceptions:

  1. Students provide the faculty member with a printed or digital version of the certificate that appears at the end of lessons. This will provide only the score for the lesson.
  2. The faculty member creates a LessonLink and can view the scores and question by question performance directly via the "Current LessonLinks" tab for LessonLinks created that semester, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the LessonLink.
  3. The faculty member creates an Autopublished CALI lesson and can view student scores and question by question performance directly via the "Published Lessons" link, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the Autopublished lesson.

For information on how to create LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons, please view their FAQs.

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AutoPublish is a feature within the CALI Author software that allows faculty members to create their own lessons, quizzes or study aids.  It also provides the opportunity for editing existing CALI lessons. This could be done to change the length of a lesson or to add in jurisdictional differences, for example.

All AutoPublished Lessons appear on the CALI website and have the same style as "Official" CALI Lessons.  However, only those people with the URL of the AutoPublished Lesson will be able to find and use it.  It will not appear in search results of the CALI website nor will edited lessons replace the "Official" version.

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CALI Lessons and AutoPublished Lessons look a lot alike - after all, they reside on the same website and are created with the same software. They will also both show up in a student's "My Lesson Runs" dashboard. However, there are some important differences between the two:

  • CALI does not review the content of AutoPublish Lessons, nor do we modify or update them. AutoPublish lessons are purely the creation of your professor and, thus, CALI makes no gaurantees about AutoPublished lesson content.
  • AutoPublish lessons are not publicly visible at cali.org, unlike regular CALI Lessons available to all authorized users through the CALI Library of Lessons. Only users who have been given the URL to an AutoPublish lesson have access to that AutoPublish lesson.
  • AutoPublish lessons have a special AutoPublish logo in the upper-left, in place of the CALI Lesson logo found on regular CALI Lessons.

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Yes!

AutoPubish, like LessonLink, has a dashboard that allows you to see who has taken your AutoPublished Lesson as well as how they scored and answered each individual question. This can be viewed at the "My AutoPublished Lessons" page.

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AutoPublished CALI Lessons are the sole creation and responsibility of the author.  You can tell you are taking an AutoPublished Lesson by the fact that there will be an "AutoPublish" symbol in the corner of the lesson.

CALI does not review AutoPublished Lessons nor do we make any guarantees about their quality or content.  If you have any questions about the material, please contact the author of the AutoPublished Lesson.

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No. Access to all CALI Lessons hosted on the CALI website, which includes AutoPublished CALI Lesson and AutoPublished Lesson require the user to be logged into the CALI website. Only individuals associated with CALI Member schools and organization are able to do this.

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It does happen, although they will be subject to the same editorial and review processes before becoming an "official" CALI Lesson. Please contact Deb Quentel (dquentel@cali.org) for more information.

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AutoPublish allows faculty at CALI member schools to edit and customize current CALI Lessons or even create their own lessons from scratch. They can then upload it to our website to make it visible to anyone who is given the link to it. AutoPublished Lessons on the CALI website provide scoring and performance information for everyone who takes it. Some notes:

  • You must have a CALI Faculty log in to use AutoPublish.
  • Only registered CALI users can take the AutoPublished Lesson published on the CALI website. If you wish to self-host, anyone may take it.
  • If you wish to leave a lesson as it is, considered using LessonLink. This will give you all the same scoring and performance options.

How to AutoPublish a CALI Lesson:

  1. Edit an existing CALI Lesson or create a lesson from scratch using CALI Author software. If you don't know how to do this, start by taking a look at the CALI Author guide.
  2. Once you've finalized your custom lesson in CALI Author, click "File" > "AutoPublish."
  3. A screen will pop-up. Click "Publish."
  4. Your internet browser should automatically pop-up and take you directly to the CALI website.
  5. If you're not logged in, you may see an "Access Denied" message. Don't panic! Just login with your faculty account using the login boxes and you'll be fine.
  6. Next you'll see the AutoPublish edit screen. Here you have the option of editing the title of your creation and picking the CALI Topics to help categorize it.
  7. If your lesson had images, you must upload each of them in the appropriate place by clicking browse and locating the matching image on your computer's hard drive. Othewise images will not show up in the lesson. You can add images later if you currently cannot upload the images at this time.
  8. VERY IMPORTANT: make sure "Publish This Lesson" is checked and click "Save."
  9. Now check your email. You should have a message from the CALI webmaster with the link that allows you and others to use your AutoPublished lesson. Send that link along to your students by email or through your website, TWEN page, Blackboard, etc.

That's it! Don't worry..you did not replace the CALI Lesson that you edited. This new lesson resides on a separate place on CALI servers.

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Yes, simply login with your faculty account then:

  1. Go to your list of AutoPublished CALI Lessons.
  2. Select the name of the lesson you want to delete or hide.
  3. This will take you to a "back end" page of the AutoPublished Lesson.
  4. If you wish to hide the lesson, scroll down to the middle of the page under "Publishing Options" and uncheck "published".
  5. If you wish to completely delete the lesson, scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the "delete" button.

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If you see the lesson, but you don't see the images, you need to upload those images. This is normally a step in the AutoPublish process. But if you missed it the first time around, you can still add images to your lesson.

  1. Go to "CALI AutoPublish". Click the Published Lessons link (or Unpublished Lessons if you have yet to publish this lesson to which you want to attach images).
  2. Click on the lesson to which you want to add images.
  3. Scroll down to the "Media Files to Upload" boxes. Click "Choose File" next to the image you want to add. The name of the image should match the name of the file you want to upload.
  4. Then navigate to the appropriate image on your hard drive and add it. Do this for each of the images you want to add.
  5. Scroll to the bottom of the page and push save to upload the images.

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LessonsLinks used in a Microsoft Word document may not work as expected and we recommend that you do not distribute them that way. When you use the <CTRL><Click> feature in Word the info that is sent to the web browser besides the link causes the web server to ignore any cookies that are set and that makes our site think that the students are not logged in. If they are not really logged they get the login form and can run the Lesson. If they are logged in to CALI, they get an error. This is known issue when linking to access controlled websites from inside of Word documents.

Students should be able to copy and paste the link from the Word document to the browser without any problem. We recommend providing students with the link to the list of LessonLinks that is created with each set of LessonLinks or posting the links on a CALI Classcaster course blog.

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Generally speaking, faculty are unable to view student performance on CALI Lessons. There are three exceptions:

  1. Students provide the faculty member with a printed or digital version of the certificate that appears at the end of lessons. This will provide only the score for the lesson.
  2. The faculty member creates a LessonLink and can view the scores and question by question performance directly via the "Current LessonLinks" tab for LessonLinks created that semester, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the LessonLink.
  3. The faculty member creates an Autopublished CALI lesson and can view student scores and question by question performance directly via the "Published Lessons" link, provided that they are logged in with the faculty account that created the Autopublished lesson.

For information on how to create LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons, please view their FAQs.

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While faculty members could always use CALI Lessons for formative or summative assessment through collection of lesson completion certificates, with the LessonLink Dashboard, faculty can view:
  • who took a lesson
  • how many times they took it
  • when they took it
  • what their score was, and
  • how they performed on a question by question basis

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LessonLink is a feature of the CALI website that allows faculty members to view student performance to a question by question level on existing CALI Lessons. LessonLink and AutoPublish are the only two CALI tools that allow this.

It does this by creating a special URL for a CALI Lesson.  This URL is only viewable by people who are given it - it will not show up in a search of CALI Lessons. Anyone with the link can take the lesson, regardless of where they attend school or if they are registered in the faculty member's class.   The lesson performance of anyone who follows the LessonLink URL (and only those people) will be viewable by the faculty member who created the LessonLink.

Faculty members may create an unlimited amount of LessonLinks.  It is strongly recommended that you create new LessonLinks each semester as student results will be cumulative and it will soon be difficult to track performance.  Also, please note, only the faculty member who creates the LessonLink will be able to view the results.

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Creating a LessonLink is very easy! The whole process takes about five minutes.

  1. Make sure you are logged into CALI with a Faculty account.
  2. Go to the LessonLink page on the CALI website.
  3. Click the link to "Create LessonLinks".
  4. Enter your course name. This can be anything you would like.
  5. Pick the semester in which students will be taking the LessonLink, not when you are making it.
  6. Select the CALI topic area which best describes your course. If you are teaching a class that covers more than one legal subject area, don't worry! You can back later and select another topic.
  7. A list of all the CALI Lessons tagged with that subject will appear. You can then check the box next to the lessons that you would like to create LessonLinks for.
  8. Click "Create LessonLinks" at the bottom of the page.

At this point you will be taken to a page that is titled the name of the course you entered in Step 4 above. This page will have all the LessonLinks you have created. There will also be an option to continue creating LessonLinks and add them to this course's list of LessonLinks. You should also receive an email with the URLs of your course page and LessonLinks. The URL of the course page or the URLs of each individual LessonLink can be shared with your students via email, TWEN or any other means of communication. (Note: You can put a LessonLink URL into a Microsoft Word document, but students won't be able to Ctrl-Click to follow the link.  This is a limitation of Word and not LessonLink. Converting to PDF is your best option. This article explains all the gory details).  It depends on whether you wish to allow the students to view all of the LessonLinks at once or if you prefer to make them available on a timed basis. To view student scores and performance, go to your "Current LessonLinks" dashboard. From there you can click the "details" button to view more information.

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If your professor is using LessonLink and you correctly followed the special URL your professor provided to you, your professor will see your scores by viewing their LessonLink Dashboard. You won't have to do anything. However, if you did not use the URL that your professor gave to you, they will not be able to see your score.

If your professor is not using LessonLink or you did not use the URL that they provided, you can still show that you've taken a CALI Lesson by printing off the CALI Lesson Certificate. Please view the FAQ on CALI Lesson Certificates for complete instructions on how to print or save them.

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LessonLink Lessons will generally appear exactly like a regular CALI Lesson. That's because they are one!  They just have a special URL that allows your professor to track your score and performance. There are a few ways to tell if you are taking one.

  1. You are sent to a CALI Courses page with several lessons listed. It will have "courses" in the URL and the CALI Lessons listed will have "LessonLink" in their URL.
  2. The URL of the CALI Lesson that your professor gives to you has "LessonLink" in it.
  3. When you view your "My Lesson Runs" dashboard, your professor's name will appear in the "professor" column. If it's a regular CALI Lesson, this column will be blank.

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You should create new LessonLinks every semester. While we won't delete a LessonLink until there has been a year of inactivity, and even then not until we contact the creator of it, it is in your best interest to create a new batch of LessonLinks every semester.

  1. Even if you are still using it, the LessonLink is filed in the semester that it was created.
  2. All student answers are cumulative for the life of the LessonLink. The purpose of LessonLinks is to view student performance, either on an individual or class basis. The results from every student that has ever taken the lesson will remain in the dataset on your LessonLink dashboard, making it difficult to find specific students and skewing aggregate results.

Besides, it takes less than five minutes to create a LessonLink! View the instructions for complete details.

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Generally speaking, only the student knows which CALI Lessons a student has taken and what their score was. However, if a faculty member would like to use CALI Lessons for formative or summative assessment, they have a few options to find student scores.

  1. They can have students submit a lesson certificate that shows their completion and performance on a CALI Lesson. Each certificate lists the students' name, when they finalized the lesson, how many questions were attempted and how many they answered correctly.
  2. If you use LessonLink, you will be able to view the scores and question-by-question performance of your students on a CALI Lesson.

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During the initial LessonLink creation process, a faculty member will enter a course name for those LessonLinks. Faculty members have the option of sharing the URL of this course page or sharing each LessonLink URL separately. If a faculty member wishes to add more LessonLinks to the course, they should do so via the links that appear under each course name on their LessonLink Dashboard.

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The registration process is the same for all users. The authorization code provides the differing levels of access on the CALI site. To register:

  1. There is a link titled "register" in the dark green bar on the top of the website.
  2. Fill out the form provided. You will need to chose a username, password and provide an email address.
  3. You will also need to provide the CALI Authorization Code for your institution. If you do not have the code, your institution's Authorization Code contact can be found on this list. CALI is unable to provide authorization codes over the phone or via email. You will have to get it from your school representative. They are also sometimes kept in the library or on school intranets.
  4. After typing in the Authorization Code, be sure to hit enter or click the cursor away from the box, as this will initiate the authorization process. Make sure you have a Faculty Authorization Code. This will allow you to use special Faculty Tools on the CALI.
  5. Fill out the rest of the form and click the "create a new account" button at the bottom of the webpage.

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No problem.  Please email feedback@cali.org and we can fix your account.  Be sure to include your username or email address in the message.

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Classcaster® is a course website, blogging and podcasting system that provides an exciting and engaging way to interact with students and communities. In addition to blogging tools, a Classcaster® site provides options for recording and posting podcasts, lectures, interviews, and class summaries as well as sharing documents and files.

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InstaPoll is an open, online tool for professors to easily create in-class student polls on the fly. Think of it as a virtual clicker that can be used with laptops, tablets, smart phones...anything with a web browser! Instapoll is completely free for everyone and there is no special equipment needed.

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Go to www.cali.org/instapoll

  1. Click on the ‘Create a Poll’ button
  2. If you do not want students to be able to change their answers, uncheck the box next to “Students may change their answer.”
  3. Announce the Poll number to the students or audience. (The Poll# appears both in the upper right hand corner of the screen and below the virtual clicker.)
  4. Verbally provide the question and answer choices to the students and ask the students to answer by selecting the choice on the Poll Page.
  5. Results will appear on the faculty member’s screen in the form of a bar graph.
  6. To clear the results in order to ask another question, click ‘Reset.’

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No. You can use the same Instapoll for consecutive questions. This can be done in two ways:

  1. If you leave the “Students may change their answer” box checked, the students can change their answers for the new question and the poll results will automatically update.
  2. If you unchecked the “Students may change their answer” button, click the ‘Reset’ button in order to clear the answers to the previous question. This will start the poll with a blank slate.

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No. Neither the question asker nor the answerers need to be logged into the CALI website. This means you can use InstaPoll with guest speakers who aren't CALI members or in situations, such as conference presentations, that have non-CALI members in attendance. It also means that if a student has forgotten their CALI login information, this won't delay the polling process. Basically, you can use InstaPoll anywhere there is a web connection!

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No. The answers on Instapoll are anonymous. It is impossible to tell if a student has answered a question or which answer they provided.

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No. An InstaPoll cannot be reopened after its webpage has been closed. You will need to create a new poll and provide that new number to the audience/class.

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CALIcon is the only conference where law faculty, law librarians and IT professionals gather to discuss latest innovations in legal education and technology. Attendees from CALI member schools and conference speakers get discounted registration.

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The “CALI award” is given to the student with the highest grade in a class, as determined by the professor or registrar. Awardees receive a printed certificate and a permanent URL VirtualAward that they can link to from their online resumés or biographies. Over 100 law schools participate in the CALI Excellence for the Future Award program. It is a free service available to any CALI member law school that wishes to participate.

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It's easy to edit/change your name on your CALI Account, just follow these steps:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark blue bar on the top of the site.
  • Click on "My Account" to go to your CALI account information.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • Scroll down the page to find entries for "First Name", "Middle Name", and "Last Name" and edit those as you wish
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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Yes you can.

A working email address must be associated with your CALI account.  While we don't send out many emails to our users, the ones we do are very important for your continued use of CALI.  But most importantly, if you've forgotten your password, the only way to retrieve it is to have a working email associated with your CALI account.

Here's how to change your email address on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password.  The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be an entry for your email address.  Delete your current address and add in the one you wish to use.  At this time, hotmail.com email addresses are not permitted.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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Because CALI's password retrieval email is automated, many email systems will mistakenly classify them as junk mail or spam.

Check your spam or trash folders.  It may be in there.

If it's not there and it's been at least 15 minutes, it may be that your email system blocked the email entirely.  This is becoming common with .edu addresses.

If after 15 minutes and there is no email, please send an email to feedback@CALI.org.  Include your email address and a new email address that you would like to use for your account.  We will swap out the old email and replace it with the new one so that you can get emails.

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Here's how to change your password on your CALI account:
  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be two boxes for password. Type in your new password and then confirm it. Note: The website will tell you how strong your password is, but the only requirement is that it is six characters long.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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CALI has an automated password retrieval system that will send you an email.  It will contain a link to a page on the CALI website where you will be able to reset your email.  This link will expire after a day and will only be good for your account.  If you do not use it, nothing will happen.

Please note: These emails are sometimes marked as spam and are either sent to your junk mail folder or blocked completely.  If you have not received an email in 15 minutes, please email feedback@cali.org to have your password manually reset.

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There could be several reasons why you are having difficulties logging into CALI.
  1. Make sure you are using the correct username. If you are not sure, use the password reset function. The automated email that you will receive is address to your username.
  2. Try an alternate browser and make sure the browsers you use are updated.
  3. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies.
  4. Clear your browser's cookies.
If none of those work, try to log in on another device. Remember - CALI lessons are compatible with tablets and smart phones. If you are able to log in there, that means there is an issue with your computer and we are going to be unable to help you. If you are unable to log in on the new device or computer, please contact feedback@cali.org and we check your account for issues.

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Here's how to change your username on your CALI account:

  • Log into CALI with your username and password. The spot to do this is on the dark green bar on the top of the site.
  • Hover over your name (if using mouse with pointer) or touch your name (if using tablet or smartphone) and a drop down menu will appear.
  • Choose the "account" link. This will take you to a page with your account details.
  • Click the edit tab.
  • There will be two box with your username.  Enter your new username. Please do not use your email address as your username.
  • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click "save".

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There are two possibilities.

  1. Your browser needs to accept cookies in order to access certain CALI resources and especially to run CALI lessons. Make sure your browser is set to accept cookies from cali.org. We only use cookies to track you permissions to access certain CALI resources like CALI Lessons. If you're browser is set to accept cookies, read on.
  2. Your browser is holding onto cookies with incorrect information. This is very common when you've recently changed passwords. In this case, log out of CALI, clear the cookies of your browser and then re-login with your correct credentials.

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The most likely reason for this error message is that you are not logged into the CALI website.  All CALI Lessons, LessonLinks and Autopublished lessons can only be viewed by those that are logged in.  If you do not yet have a CALI username and password, please view the FAQ on how to obtain those.

At the top of the webpage is the drop down to log in.  After logging into the CALI website hit refresh.  If that does not work, close the page and refollow the link you were given.  Do not try to search for the lesson by title, as the link may be to an Autopublished lesson or a LessonLink.  Those require access by a specific URL in order for your performance to be recorded.

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This is a security feature in Windows. If you see a message similar to this, it is safe to continue by clicking the Run button.

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Yes! Almost all CALI Lessons work on most popular tablets and smartphones. How It Works: To access lessons with your mobile device you do not need to download an app, but you will need be connected to the internet. Use your device's default internet browser to go to the CALI website, log in and access the lessons just like you would on a desktop or laptop computer. Activate Mobile View: For a better mobile format, click the "mobile" link along the top row of links once you're in the lessons. If you want to switch back to the original screen view, tap the "non-mobile" link, which should have replaced the mobile link. Known Mobile Compatibility Issues: We're aware of, and working on:

  • Drag and drop questions do not function on Android devices. If you encounter a drag and drop question while on an Android device we reccommend you exit the lesson and resume it later on a computer so that you can answer the question.
  • Mobile view in Safari does not work on iOS - iPad or iPhone. Lessons still run as normal, but you do not have the option of mobile view at this time.

Help Us Find Mobile Issues! There are a bunch of devices on the market and, unfortunately, it's impossible for our little nonprofit to support and test every scenario. We need your help identifying issues. First, make sure you are using your device's default browser. If you still have a problem, contact us. Thanks!

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No, not at all! CALI Lessons are compatible with the Apple operating system.

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The Software

A2J Author ® is a software tool developed by CALI and the Center for Access to Justice & Technology at IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law to deliver greater access to justice for self-represented litigants by enabling lawyers and law students to rapidly build user-friendly web-based document assembly tools called A2J Guided Interviews®. These A2J Guided Interviews allow users to complete court documents by presenting a series of easy-to-understand questions while graphics virtually lead users along the path to the courthouse, where these documents can be filed. A2J Author ® is currently used in more than 30 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Canada. More than 880 A2J Guided Interviews are actively used on the national server, Law Help Interactive. These A2J Guided Interviews have been used by self-represented litigants more than 2,000,000 times. A redesigned A2J Author 5.0 is currently in development, which will allow users to access the software from any Web browser, including a smartphone.

Partnership with Law School Clinics

In partnership with IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, CALI® has developed a model program for CALI® member schools that integrates A2J Author® into law school clinics. This model program can be viewed at http://a2jclinic.classcaster.net/ In Spring of 2013, six law schools began a pilot program to develop A2J Course Kits. Each participating faculty member is integrating the Chicago-Kent model into their clinic courses to develop an original course offering at their law school. Upon completion of the course, the faculty members will deliver a course kit that includes a syllabus, a list of course materials, and a process for completing A2J Guided Interviews, along with a teacher’s manual explaining their methodology for teaching the course. These course kits will be made available to CALI® member school free of charge. For more information, visit a2jauthor.org

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Faculty members that wish to edit and AutoPublish existing CALI Lessons or write their own will need to use the CALI Author software. This can be downloaded free of charge from the CALI website here.

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CALI Author is the software that powers CALI Lessons. Faculty at CALI member schools may download the software and use it to edit existing CALI Lessons or create their own learning objects.

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Any organization or individual who wishes to learn or teach the law.  Current CALI members include:

  • 97% of American law schools
  • Law schools in countries out side of the United States, including the majority of Canadian Law Schools
  • Undergraduate programs
  • Business Schools
  • Law Firms
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Law Libraries

Here's the complete list of CALI members.

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Faculty, students, staff and employees of CALI member organizations enjoy exclusive access to the following tools:

  • CALI Lessons - CALI lessons are interactive tutorials written by law professors at  CALI member schools.  They can be used for studying purposes or formative assessment.  Faculty are able to edit lessons to suit their needs and, when using the Lesson Link feature, view students' answers and performance.  We allow unlimited use of CALI lessons by our members and every year we average about a million lesson runs.
  • CALI Author - CALI Author is the software that powers CALI Lessons.  CALI members have the ability to use this software for any non-commercial purpose.  Examples include: training student library workers, HR orientation, or local jurisdiction lessons.
  • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards® - The CALI Excellence for the Future Award is given to the top scoring student in each course at a law school.  Law schools with multiple sections of the same course can choose to award just one CALI Award or one for each section.  CALI Award winners are given a paper certificate as well as a virtual one that they can post on social media and other web presences.  They are also invited to join the CALI Award Winners group on LinkedIn.  All of these are provided free of charge to the student and the school.
  • Classcaster® - Classcaster is CALI's blogging, podcasting and website creation tool.  It can be used as a course website, a scholarship repository or a personal website.  Really, the possibilities are limitless.  You can even post a podcast with just a phone call!
  • A2J Author® - This legal practice software was developed in partnership with the Chicago-Kent Center for Access to Justice and Technology.  It creates guided interviews that can be used for legal form automation, client intake or e-filing.   It's currently used by legal aid organizations, law school clinics and courts across the country.  Members may use it for any non-commercial use.
  • Authoring Opportunities - CALI only accepts authoring proposals for CALI Lessons and eLangdell Press books to faculty at CALI member schools.  Not only will you get a publication credit, but CALI provides monetary stipends to authors.
  • Discounted registration to CALI's Conference for Law School Computing, the only conference that brings together law professors, IT professions, law librarians and others in the legal technology world.

Become a CALI Member
If you would like to access CALI Lessons for you, your students and your staff, your organization needs a CALI membership. Follow the links for membership forms:

Membership dues for these organizations are completely free:

 

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CALI membership is open to schools, organizations and individuals that wish to learn or teach law.

We'd be happy to meet with you, your faculty, or your adminstration about joining CALI - in person, via teleconference or online. And Ronella Norris, our Membership Coordinator, is here to answer all of your questions. Talk to your school's administration and tell them to contact us.

Membership application forms are also available for the following:

Law Schools Outside of the United States
Business Schools
Other Non-JD programs:

  • Paralegal Programs
  • Legal Studies Departments
  • Political Science Programs
  • Criminal Justice Programs
  • Any other academic Undergraduate or Graduate Department that wants to learn the law.

Law Firms
Corporate Law Departments
Government Agencies
Individuals
Legal Aid Organizations
Library Schools
State and County Law Librarians

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CALI is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and nearly all of our financial support comes from law school membership dues. US law schools pay a flat rate of $7500/year regardless of size or usage.

We offer deeply discounted membership rates for organizations and individuals that wish to learn or teach the law. These memberships are $250/year.

Legal Aid organizations, library schools and state and county law librarian are able to join CALI at absolutely no cost. Yes, that's right... FREE.

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If you didn't find your answer, please don't hesitate to contact one of the CALI staff members. We'll be happy to help you!

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AutoPublished CALI Lessons are the sole creation and responsibility of the author.  You can tell you are taking an AutoPublished Lesson by the fact that there will be an "AutoPublish" symbol in the corner of the lesson.

CALI does not review AutoPublished Lessons nor do we make any guarantees about their quality or content.  If you have any questions about the material, please contact the author of the AutoPublished Lesson.

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