Frequently Asked Questions - AutoPublish

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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AutoPublish allows faculty at CALI member schools to edit and customize current CALI Lessons or even create their own lessons and quizzes 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 valid CALI faculty level account 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: By default "Publsihed" is checked in the "Publishing options" tab. This means that the lesson or quiz is immediately available to your student. If this not checked the lesson or quiz is not visible to anyone but you.
  9.  Click "Save"
  10. 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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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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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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