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What is CALI? | Using CALI from the labs | Where can I get the CALI authorization code (for students)? | FREE CALI CDs: See a reference librarian | Download the CALI exercises

What is CALI?

The interactive computer exercises produced by the Computer-Assisted Learning Institute (CALI) are routinely recommended by some professors as study aids for their classes. Students who find the recommended lessons useful often go on to try others. CALI has lessons in 27 different subject areas, with from one to 15 lessons on each subject. Typically, an exercise poses multiple choice questions based on a fact pattern, then give additional information or advice if the question is answered incorrectly. You can run the lessons at your own pace, quit at any time, and return as many times as you like.

Using CALI from the labs

CALI lessons have been available on the networked PCs in the campus computer labs for several years. Currently they can be found under Law School Software on the STARTmenu. Unfortunately, some recent software changes made by CALI are incompatible with the campus network, and some of the newer lessons won't run in the labs. Two other CALI-in-the-labs oddities: you may get an unable to record data message; say OK and the message goes away. Some of the older lessons appear in a small DOS window that won't maximize with a mouse click; use Alt-ENTER to toggle between small and large windows.

Where can I get the CALI authorization code (for students)?

The CALI authorization code information is now on the S: drive. Log into your UB account, and once you access the S: drive, go to the folder “Law Library.” You will see a file in “.rtf” format, which can be opened in either MS Word, or WordPerfect, that has the information you need. If you double-click on the file name, it should open in the word processor you have on your PC.