CALI/ALL-SIS Web Research Lessonette™ Project Update

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submitted by Kristine (Kit) R. Kreilick

Assoc. Law Librarian for Technology, Fordham Law Library

As with most things in life, our timetable has slipped a bit with this project. But with the advent of the new semester, we are moving forward again. The Steering Committee (myself as chair, Nancy Johnson, Tory Trotta and Sally Wise) met with Deb Quentel and John Mayer from CALI at the Association of American Law Schools Annual Meeting in San Francisco in early January. We made substantial progress in putting together the topic grid for Legal Research, and are now finalizing the details. We expect it to be available on the CALI website by March. This grid is intended to guide those of us who might want to author exercises on various topics and points in the grid. (For those who've forgotten or are not familiar with the CALI Topic Grids, see Deb Quentel's article on the "Origin of the Grids" at: http://www.cali.org/fellows/grids/OriginOfTheGrids.html). On the theory that we need to start somewhere, we opted not to open the topic grid for general comment and approval because it would never be completed! Some topics are not being "fleshed out" in a detailed fashion at this point, but can be done later. As tools and methodologies evolve, so will the grid. We welcome suggestions about the grid, but even more, we are hoping you will submit a proposal to develop an exercise using the CALI Author software platform, some of which might be completed in time for the next issue of exercises in mid-summer.

The procedure for submitting proposals will be posted on the CALI site along with the Topic Grid. Proposals will be reviewed by the Steering Group and CALI ‘s Director of Curriculum Development, Deb Quentel, and CALI will pay authors of accepted proposals a $250 deposit and $750 upon completion of the exercise! Accepted authors sign a contract with CALI to produce the exercise, and CALI will provide technical and authoring assistance. There will be opportunities to learn about the software platform at the upcoming CALI Conference at Suffolk University School of Law in June, and at the AALL Meeting in Minneapolis in July.

If you want any further info, please contact me directly via e-mail at kkreilick@law.fordham.edu.