Frequently Asked Questions - LessonLink

LessonLink is a service from CALI that allows faculty members to create a unique URL for their students.  When students run a CALI lesson via a LessonLink, the faculty can see the students' performance.

Anyone with the unique URL can run the lesson - it is not unique to a particular law school. 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 number of LessonLinks.  You should create new LessonLinks each semester so as to seperate the data.  Only the faculty who creates the LessonLink will be able to view the results.

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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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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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When you're creating a set of LessonLinks for a course selecting a topic just generates a list of CALI Lesson titles. Deciding which Lessons to add to the course using those titles lists is a bit daunting. To help with the decision about whether or not to add a Lesson to the course you can click on the info link next to each title to see a pop-up window with the full description, approximate completion time, and author for the LEsson. This data should make adding Lessons to a course a bit easier.

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Once you've created a set of LessonLinks for a course you can edit the details of the set and add or remove Lessons from the set.

To get started just look for the Edit/Add LessonLinks to the course link on one of the LessonLink listing pages.

Click on that link open the LessonLink edit form.

With this form you can edit the name of the course, edit or add a website for the course, remove Lessons from the list of links by clearing the checks, or add more Lessons by selecting a topic from the drop down.

Once you're down with your edits, just hit the submit button at the bottom and your LessonLinks will be updated.

 

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You can copy or clone a set of LessonLinks for use in another course or semester by logging in to the CALI website and visiting your LessonLink pages. You'll find links for cloning LessonLinks on the current and archive LessonLink pages.

Cloning is simple, just click the clone link for the LessonLinks you want to copy. The link will take you to a page that lets you change the Course Name, select the semester that the LessonLinks will be used, and add or remove Lessons from the course. Once you're ready just hit the submit button and your LessonLinks will be created. Information about your new LessonLinks will be on the current LessonLinks page and you should receive an email with the list of LessonLinks.

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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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CALI LessonLive is a feature that extends CALI LessonLink and AutoPublish to allow teachers to use CALI Lessons live in the classroom and instantly get results as students run the Lesson. When used with CALI Author and AutoPublish law teachers at CALI member schools can create assessments for real-time use in the classroom. LessonLive provides robust reporting to teachers to help them assess the work of their class. The reporting available through LessonLive is also available for regular LessonLink and AutoPublish runs.

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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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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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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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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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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. When you are running a CALI Lesson look for the LessonLink logo in the upper right of the Lesson viewer.
  2. 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.
  3. The URL of the CALI Lesson that your professor gives to you has "LessonLink" in it.
  4. 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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