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Legal Studies & Paralegal: CALI & LTA

Online research guide for Legal Studies & Paralegal majors

CALI - The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction

Central Penn College has joined the Center for Legal Assisted Instruction (CALI). CALI is a membership organization of almost all the law schools in the U.S.  CALI provides a variety of resources including lessons for our students and free textbooks.

Registration

Registration is required for access to the lessons in CALI. You will need an access code to register. Central Penn students and faculty please contact Margie Stuski for the access code. Once you have the access code, on the cali.org website click “Register” at the top right of the page and proceed. You will only use the authorization code once, during registration, during registration you will create you own unique username and password.

Videos on how to register or retrieve your password can be found in CALI's Help & FAQ videos

BOTA & LTA - Business Office Technology Assessment & Legal Technology Assessment

All Central Penn students within the Legal Studies and Paralegal programs have access to Legal Technology Assessment (LTA) from Procertas. LTA trains participants to use common applications (Word, Excel, & PDF) specifically for how the tools are used in the legal field.

For more general training on common business software (Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint), all Central Penn College students have access to Basic Office Technology Assessment (BOTA). Because each person will have a unique login, the assessments allow users to tailor their training to their individual needs.

To obtain access:

Reply to the Welcome email that will go out once per term to establish an account. If you need additional help with access, contact Bob Donley.

 

When you sign up, you will set your operating system and the versions you use for Word, Excel, PDF, and PPT, This can be changed later by clicking settings in your account. Procertas settings options

 

Both BOTA and LTA are self-paced and have 2 types of modules:

Procertas modules

  1. Trainer -  which takes you step by step through the methods to complete a task. You will practice on a document you download. When you upload your completed document, Procertas will let you know if the tasks were done correctly.
  2. Assessment - modules are timed and scored. Score well enough to earn digital badges. Re-take assessments as many times as you want.

Taking an Assessment  first establishes your baseline and identifies the skills you should work on. Then in the Trainer module you can skip to the tasks you need to practice. Retake the assessment to earn a badge.

Badges

Will be emailed to you. Procertas uses Credly to distribute the badges. Credly is a digital credential platform that offers a place to store all of your badges, and a method to share them on your social medial or in your resume.

Credly share your badge options

Procertas badges

 

Faculty Resources for CALI

One of the best parts of CALI lessons is that the instructor can view the students’ progress, get the scores, download them into a spread sheet and do assessment in this manner.

The CALI Dashboard will give you a snapshot of student usage at your school. In order to access the Dashboard feature, you must be a registered user. Contact Margie Stuski if you do not have the code in order to register.

Once you register, please follow the steps below.

  • Log in to the CALI website
  • Click on "Hi, Name" at the top to open your CALI profile page
    • On the profile page your school is listed, click on the school name to open the school profile page.
    • On the school page click on the Dashboard tab to open.

CALI recommends watching the overview video below and then viewing some of their recorded webinars. Links to their webinars and podcasts can be found on the CALI website under Resources - webinars and online courses.