Procertas Help & FAQs

If you have any questions not addressed below, please email Janet Kearney at jkearney15@fordham.edu.

 

What is the Procertas Legal Technology Assessment?

The LTA is a competence-based learning platform focused on core technologies for delivering legal services. Users are placed in legal scenarios and asked to perform common tasks with standard software.

For example, a user might be provided a marked-up contract as a Word document and asked to prepare it for execution (in a sequence of separate tasks) by turning off tracked changes, accepting all changes, deleting all comments, fixing numbering, updating cross-references, removing metadata, and converting to a PDF.

 

Do other law students have to do this?

Many law schools and firms offer Procertas in a variety of contexts, from mandatory class assignments to voluntary competitions.

 

What computer applications are covered?

You can receive training on Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and Adobe PDF.

 

How do I sign up?

Email Janet Kearney at jkearney15@fordham.edu.

 

How do I log in?

Go to https://ltaweb.azurewebsites.net and log in with your username and password. Before you can log in for the first time, you must receive an email with your access credentials.

For step-by-step instructions, see this document, http://procertas.com/LTA_UserIntroduction.pdf.

 

How do I complete tasks?

For step-by-step instructions, see this document, http://procertas.com/LTA_UserIntroduction.pdf. After you log in, there is a tutorial that will show you the steps as well.

The basic rhythm of the LTA is Download-Edit-Upload. You start a task by downloading one or more files. Upon download, task instructions will appear in the browser (e.g., turn off tracked changes). You open the document on your own computer and perform the task using your own software. You save, close, and upload the modified file. Once uploaded, the file is reviewed by the LTA’s grading engine.

Some LTA modules also mix in other forms of assessment (e.g., multiple choice questions) to incorporate substantive content.

 

How long will this take?

It varies depending on the module and the user’s existing skill level. The average time for completion of the Microsoft Word assessment is 45 minutes.

 

What’s the difference between the Trainer and the Assessment?

The Trainers and Assessments are built on the same platform and contain the same tasks. The Assessments, however, are linear. The user completes one task after another with no option to retry a task. The Trainers are navigable and includes a “Teach me” button, which opens task-specific training, and the opportunity to retry the task.

The Assessments, by contrast, are closer to a real-world experience. Their value is as a diagnostic and validation tool. A pre-training Assessment provides a baseline measure of proficiency. A post-training Assessment captures improvement and retention.

Trainers and Assessments are complementary but can be used independently.

 

Should I do the Trainer or the Assessment first?

The suggested workflow is test-train-test. Take a benchmark assessment, and find out what you know and what you don’t know, then train on what you don’t know and finally do a validating assessment to confirm learning has occurred.

 

When selecting the program, it says Word 2016, but I have Word 2013 – is this ok?

Yes – the program is compatible, but the further away you get (for example, Word 2007), the more problems you may have and the more likely it is that the methods have changed.

 

Do I have to do everything at once?

No – There is a ‘Stop’ button in the trainers and assessments. If you press it, you will be returned to the main Module screen. From there, you can continue where you left off whenever you are ready.

 

Can I train on an individual task without opening an entire Trainer?

You can view training videos, although you cannot complete tasks for review outside of the trainers and assessments. Using the top menu in Procertas, hover over “Modules” and select “Content Library.” Here you can watch training videos for individual skills such as tracking changes in Word or redacting PDFs.

 

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have any questions not addressed above, please email Janet Kearney at jkearney15@fordham.edu.