Just Do It: Mock Exam in Examplify

Don’t forget to do at least one Mock Exam in Examplify.

Note: Like potato chips, more is better. So you can do as many as 20 Mock Exams if you like. So do more. It’s better.

The Mock Exam not only tests whether your laptop is ready for exams using the ExamSoft Examplify software, it will increase your familiarity with the Examplify software and how and where to find the various features of this product.

Mock Exam – scroll down to the video — it’s keyed so you can go directly to the Mock Exam part of the video.

Exam Instructions

Exam Letter from Dean Goodno

EXAMPLIFY INSTRUCTION GUIDE

The following guide is intended to walk you through the process of taking your Fall 2020 Examinations.  Please read these instructions carefully.

Unless you are otherwise notified by your professor, all final examinations will be administered remotely as “open book/open note/open Internet” exams this term. 

  • You will have the ability to “toggle” between your exam attachment, electronic notes, the Internet, and your essay responses in ExamSoft. 
  • Your exams will be timed.  You are responsible for starting the exam at the time you are scheduled to take the exam and uploading your exam on or before the time the e-mailed instructions indicate you must end the exam.  You are responsible for time-keeping if you begin the exam later than its scheduled time.  If you begin the exam late, the timer may suggest that you have time remaining, but the deadline for uploading your exam is the time indicated in the instructions.
  • You are responsible for following the instructions as well as the honor code, which are included with every exam. Your exam submission indicates your certification that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code, which applies with equal force to examinations submitted online.

For an instructional video that discusses downloading Examplify, taking a Mock Exam, Examplify features, and more, please view the video below.

Before taking your first exam, please do the following:

For further reference concerning requirements, installation and re-registration instructions and other features of Examsoft’s Examplify, please click here.

STARTING AND COMPLETING THE EXAM

On the day and time scheduled for your exam, an email will be sent to your class with exam-specific instructions, including the exam start and end time, password, and contact information should you require immediate assistance during your exam.

(Please note:  If you have been approved and scheduled to take the exam on another day or time, you will receive this information on the day/time your exam was originally scheduled.  Please save this information for the time your exam is scheduled. Your exam timer will begin the moment you enter the exam password. Do not enter your password until you are ready to take the exam.)

Once you have received the e-mail with your password information, please log-into Examplify and click on the exam you are taking in ExamSoft.

1. Under “My Exams” on the left-hand side of the screen, look for the name of the the exam you are taking and select it/click on it.

2. Enter the exam password that was e-mailed to you at the start of the exam.
(Note: this password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown).

3. Please read and acknowledge the “Exam Notice,which is the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law honor code for remote exams. (A copy is attached to this document for your thorough review.) Please read and scroll down to the bottom of the screen before clicking “Next” to accept the terms of the honor code.

4. The “Exam Controls” screen will appear, indicating that the exam includes an attachment and instructions where it can be found under the drop-down menu, “Exam Attachments.”

5. The screen, “Please wait until instructed to start” will appear.  Please disregard this statement to start your exam by clicking “Continue.”

6. Next, please check the box, “I am authorized to start my exam,” then click “Start Exam.”

7. Once you have entered the exam itself, you will have the ability to “toggle” between your computer notes, the Internet, the exam attachment, and your response.

As indicated above, you may access the exam attachment by clicking on “Exam Controls” on the top menu, then “Exam Attachments” on the drop-down menu.

8. A pop-up window of the exam will appear on your screen.To open and/or print the Exam attachment in your PDF reader, please click on the printer icon/Print.

9. The exam will appear in your PDF reader and allow you to Print from its application, typically using the printer icon at the top of the screen.

10. Please type your answer in the space provided. There is a  timer at the top of your screen. (Please note: It is your responsibility to start and end your exams on time.  Your exams must be uploaded by the exam end time and will not allow for a “late start/end time.”)

11. Once you are finished with the exam, click “Finish” at the bottom right hand corner.

  •  a. Before the time expires, you can upload your exam, as you typically do in
    Exam Controls as shown below.  
  • b. IF the timer expires, a screen will appear to inform you that your “Time Limit is Reached,” and the exam will be uploaded for youPlease keep track of your time to ensure your exam is uploaded at the scheduled end time.

c. If the time limit expired and your exam was uploaded for you, you will see the following screen, which will indicate the status of the upload:

  • If you have manually uploaded your exam, you will be asked to confirm the completion of your exam. If you are certain that you would like to submit your exam, check the box and click “Submit Exam.”

13. PLEASE make sure your exam is completely uploaded. Wait until you receive the green screen, “Your exam has successfully uploaded.”  Do not close your laptop until you see this screen.

(Please Note: If you do not receive an email confirmation of your exam submission, please open your laptop again to complete the upload process.)

Once you see this  green screen, you may click “Return to Dashboard.”

HONOR CODE STATEMENT FOR REMOTE EXAM TAKING

The following statement will be attached to every exam you will be taking this term. By clicking “NEXT” and entering the password for your exam, you agree to the following:

By checking the box below, you certify that you understand that the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code apply with equal force to examinations administered online.  [link to the full policy]

In particular, you are aware of the following non-exhaustive examples of prohibited conduct that specifically apply to exams:

1. to consult with any other person during an examination, unless expressly authorized by the instructor;

2. to edit overtime on an examination;

3. to obtain unauthorized information concerning an examination one is to take, without immediately informing the Dean;

4. to take an examination for another student;

5. to divulge the contents of an objective or essay examination (note: all exams being administered online this semester should be considered as designated as an examination ‘not to be removed from the virtual examination room’)

6. to intentionally and unnecessarily disturb others taking an examination;

7. to incorporate into work offered for credit any passages taken either word for word or in substance from any work of another without properly crediting the original author and work;

8. to submit as one’s own work the work of another;

9. to submit for credit work that has been previously offered for credit or submitted to a journal;

10. to submit for credit work prepared in collaboration with another without securing the instructor’s permission in advance of submission;

11. to improperly reveal to a professor one’s identity in connection with an examination which is to be graded on an anonymous basis;

12. to unlawfully possess, distribute, or use prescription drugs without proof of prescription, to enhance academic performance;

In addition, it is a violation of the Honor Code to willfully fail to fulfill the duty owed by every law student to report promptly to the Board Chairperson or the Dean all circumstances which he or she believes to constitute a violation of the Honor Code and to identify the person or persons involved.

An honor code investigation may include, but is not limited to, collecting electronic data from computers, phones, and other potentially relevant data sources.  Violations of the Honor Code are extremely serious, can cause sanctions including expulsion, and must be reported to the bar examiners as part of the moral character determination, thus potentially hampering your ability to ever practice law.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Pepperdine’s Courses – a *new* LMS for Caruso Law

You may have heard of an LMS or learning management system. An LMS is an online service that hosts your course syllabus, other documents, class discussions, and more.

If you are new to Caruso Law, you may not have head of TWEN, an LMS that has been used here at Caruso Law for over two decades. In the Fall of 2020 we started moving toward using a new LMS that Pepperdine calls “Courses by Sakai” or simply “Courses.”

It may be interesting to note that Pepperdine University has been using Courses for over a decade so it isn’t new to the university, it’s just new to Caruso Law where the recent integrations with Zoom and other services have become must-haves for Caruso faculty and students. There are other advantages that Courses brings over TWEN but that’s a topic for another post.

Courses is the “go to” place for all things associated with your classes including Zoom links for your online classes, syllabi, recordings of classes and more.

To familiarize yourself with courses, the University IT group has developed some great resources here: https://community.pepperdine.edu/techlearn/tools/courses/student/

Law School Computer/Technology Recommendations

If you are just starting out at Law School, or heading back to school and looking to upgrade your system, please review the below information before purchasing your new laptop!

Nearly all Pepperdine Caruso Law Students use laptops for class, exams, and homework. While laptops are not required, they can be a very valuable tool in law school.  The following recommendations take into account services and applications that are often used in conjunction with Caruso Law classes and other curricular and extra curricular activities.

The Information Services team at Caruso Law provides assistance in configuring your laptop for the network. Please think very carefully before choosing a laptop brand or other hardware/software choice outside the recommended list, as you may be limiting your potential sources of support.

As a law student your laptop computer is a key tool.  Please keep this in mind as you think about how you will use it, the software you install on it, the websites you visit with it, the files/attachments you choose to download and where you store it when you are not using it.  You will want it to be functioning at optimum levels.  Theft, drops, malware, and other untoward variables will detract from your laptop’s ability to help you succeed in law school.

Below are the minimum Computer/Technology Recommendations:

  • Internet: Strongly recommend a rock solid internet connection with a minimum 20 Mbps down and 10 Mbps up.  This exceeds the minimum requirements for synchronous Zoom sessions (the absolute minimum is 600 kbps in both directions while recommended minimum is 1.5 mbps) but note that if you share your internet connection you will need more bandwidth to ensure a reliable, continuous connection.  Also please note that the age of your hardware (router, modem, cabling, computer) will play a significant role in reliability.
  • Manufacturer/Model: Dell Latitude Series/Apple MacBook Pro or MacBook Air
  • Display: Minimum 11” screen – for improved readability, consider 13” or larger
  • Operating System: Windows 10 /OS X 10.15 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Solid State Drive (SSD): 120GB or higher
  • Integrated WiFi or WiFi adapter: Newer is often if not always better
  • Media Drives: None necessary
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours, much longer is much better.  MORE UP TIME.
  • Spare Laptop Charger: If you plan to bring your laptop with you, keep one for home and one for travel.  If you lose one you have a spare.  NO DOWN TIME.
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor. LESS DOWN TIME.
  • Security Lock: Don’t ever walk away from your laptop if it isn’t secured.  LESS DOWN TIME
  • Malware Protection Software: Make sure you have Anti-Malware installed.  Use the firewall that is build into your computer’s operating system.  MORE UP TIME.
  • Personal Printer: We strongly recommend HP Printers with an extra toner cartridge.  NO DOWN TIME.

The Dell Latitude series is designed for a professional enterprise user and is not what you will find in a consumer-focused retail store.  We have found these systems to be very reliable and strongly recommend them to both students and faculty for their personal computing needs.  This recommendation is not meant to dissuade you from other manufacturers or even other lines of Dell computers, however, we know this line to be a great fit for a law student who needs a solid, reliable system for three years of challenging work (plus the Bar exam).

We do not recommend tablet-based systems. Nor do we recommend netbooks or Chromebooks.  You are certainly welcome to buy them but we don’t believe they will meet your needs in law school. Essentially, you can bring any device you want to law school. However, if you want to take exams and keep pace with the challenges of law school, you should purchase a high-quality, business class laptop, not a cheap off-brand version found on sale at a big box retailer. Remember, you want a system that is reliable and will last you through completing the BAR exam. You don’t want a machine that may crash in the middle of an exam!

MacBook ProThe Pepperdine University Computer Store (an online referral site) offers generous discounts to Pepperdine University students on software (MS Office is no cost to Pepperdine students and employees) and hardware. These discounts are often more than the typical education discounts that you will find online. The Computer Store can be accessed 24/7 online.

For purchasing as an enrolled Pepperdine student, please visit the Pepperdine University IT Department’s discounts for students web page or call Pepperdine University Tech Central at (310) 506-4811.

Please note that using a computer on the University network requires that you agree to the University Computer and Network Usage policy.

Alumni Email? Get your new email account! With benefits!

Hurray! You’ve graduated from Pepperdine Caruso School of Law! The last thing on your mind is your Pepperdine Email account, but there are some things you need to know…

  • COVID-19 NOTE: Student email accounts, WaveNet, and other network-related resources are governed by university policy and managed by the university IT department.Typically, student email accounts, WaveNet access, printing, Zoom, etc. would be deactivated 90 days after the 15th of the month following the date of graduation.In these unprecedented circumstances, this date is being pushed further out.  We do not yet have a fixed date for this but it is presently set to be 90 days after commencement. That’s the graduation ceremony, not the official graduation date which for Spring 2020 is 5/15/2020.

    At some point, recent graduates’ student email accounts will be deactivated by the university. When the commencement date is set, recent graduates will receive automated notifications in their student email inboxes 90, 60 and 30 days before account deactivation.

  • After graduation a process starts that begins with your status changing from student to alumnus.  This process involves a file transfer that takes place sometimes several days to a few weeks after graduation.  Sure, you have the diploma but the system doesn’t recognize you as an alumnus until that file is transferred from the student system to the alumni system. Typically this takes place about a month after the date of your graduation.  That’s when all the automated stuff starts up.
  • On the fifteenth day of the month immediately after your graduation date you will get an email to your student email account.  This email will give you the instructions and an important link you will need to setup your alumni email account… but you needn’t wait for that note, you can do it NOW by going here.
  • Note that student email accounts are disabled 90 days after the student’s last enrolled semester (90 days from the time of your entry into the alumni system — typically less than a month after Graduation day).
  • Once an account is deactivated the data/emails in that account it is not recoverable.

emailBut there’s good news. You’re an alumnus now!  Alumni may obtain a free, email account through Pepperdine’s Alumni Association. You can find more information on Alumni Email at this website.

Part of this process also includes instructions on how to easily migrate your Pepperdine Google Drive contents to a new Alumni Google Drive account!  The best benefit? UNLIMITED STORAGE!

After your student email address expires, no mail will be received at your student address. To make a smooth transition, the Alumni Association recommends:

  1. Set up your new alumni e-mail address immediately when you get that email noted above.
  2. Forward your mail in Wavenet to a new email address — that new alumni address or another one you prefer. (Note that forwarding will only work up until your student email account is suspended.)
  3. Set up an out-of-office message in your Pepperdine Student Email (accessed through Wavenet) account informing all your contacts of your graduation and of your new email address. Log into Wavenet click on Options, and then update your Out of Office Assistant.

When I need Zoom Support …

If I have technical difficulty with Zoom what do I do?

  • Test your computer with Zoom before class.  Check out the audio and video settings.
  • If you have problems, the first thing to do, is to completely shut down your computer and restart.  Most computer problems are corrected with this remedy.
  • Before you begin your Zoom session, we strongly recommend that you shut down and turn off any and all extraneous applications, especially those using the camera, the microphone, or the speakers.  Turn off facebook and other social media apps. The only thing you should have running is your Chrome browser with minimal tabs open (two or three?). Avoid news sites, sites with video, other things that require more bandwidth while using Zoom.
  • Mic Problems? Try checking your microphone settings in Windows or on the Mac. Make sure that the microphone is on and is turned up enough to pickup your voice.
  • As a student you may want to use MS Word for taking notes but note that this may be an ideal time to use Google Suite apps as they are very lightweight and will save your computer’s power for more Zoom fun.
  • If your trouble shooting attempts above do not yield results, please see this comprehensive support site from Zoom
  • Note: you may find it valuable to acquire a USB headset for your Zoom classes. That will remove some variables with your computer’s audio (mic and speakers).
  • Tech Support: 
    • Please contact University Technology Support directly at 310-506-HELP (4357)
    • Secondarily, contact LawTech at support@law.pepperdine.edu with technical questions.  
    • Zoom’s user support is available for Zoom Pro users (your Pepperdine Zoom Pro account qualifies for the Education support option — best/highest support level). Report support tickets to Zoom by:
      • Online submission via submit a request.
      • Chat live with our support team by visiting your account and selecting help in the lower right hand corner here.
      • Phone dial-in: 888-799-9666 ext 2
    • If you do not have a computer or way to connect to Zoom via the internet, please contact Dean Goodno.

What if, as a Pepperdine Caruso Law student I have a bad internet connection?  How should I join my classes by Zoom? Can I call in?

  • You must use the Zoom app and connect via Internet. See our guide for students here.  We strongly recommend that students use a computer with a reliable internet connection for connecting to their Zoom class sessions.  Telephone dial-in will not work for attending classes remotely It is possible to connect using cell phone data to “tether” the phone’s internet connection to a laptop or desktop computer.  Check with your mobile phone provider for details on this feature. Android Tether Article  iPhone Tether Article

More for Student Zoom users

More for Faculty Zoom users

Examplify is NOT compatible with Mac OS lower than 10.13 (High Sierra, Catalina)

Compatibility with High Sierra

If you have a version of Mac OS lower than 10.13 (High Sierra) please update your system. If your system will not support High Sierra or a newer OS your system will not support ExamSoft Examplify (see ExamSoft’s site for details).

If you have questions please contact ExamSoft support at (866) 429-8889 or you may stop by the Law Library’s Public Services desk and ask for an Information Services team member.

Compatibility with Catalina

Examplify now supports the latest Mac OS Catalina. However, if you want to update your Macbook devices to this software, you must also reinstall version 2.1.0 of Examplify by going to www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw.

ExamSoft Examplify Mac System Requirements: https://examsoft.force.com/etcommunity/s/article/Examplify-Minimum-System-Requirements-for-Mac-OS-X

Courses by Sakai

Both TWEN and Courses are utilized by both students and faculty for effective classroom communication. Read on to learn more about COURSES.

Courses

Courses is Pepperdine’s open-source, learning management system that offers faculty and students a collaborative online environment to support teaching and learning. Basic features of Courses allow faculty to post syllabi, grades, and announcements. For more information, visit the University’s Courses Community page.  Watch the video below to learn more about the basic features of Courses and view the user interface. For step-by-step instructions and a list of FAQs, please visit Pepperdine’s Courses Faculty Guide.

Additional Features: Anonymous Grading in Courses

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Adding an Alternative Host in Zoom

Zoom is an online meeting platform and the University’s web conferencing software that will be used for holding classes online. Alternative hosts possess the same abilities as co-hosts (managing participants, admission, recordings, etc.), but also have the additional privilege of starting the meeting on the host’s behalf. Some professors may find it beneficial to make their TA’s alternative hosts. Here, you will be guided through instructions on how to add an alternative host to your meeting sessions.

1. Log into your Courses site.

2. Click on “Zoom Pro” tool on the left navigation.

3. Click on the blue link of your session name under the “Topic” column. 

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page, click on “Edit this Meeting.”

5. Scroll down to the bottom of the page again and type in the email of your desired individual into the “Alternative Host” box. Last, click the “Save” button.

For more information on Zoom for faculty, please visit our page here.

AGAIN, IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT INFORMATION SERVICES AT SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU OR (310) 506-7425.

Downloading, Installing, and Registering for ExamSoft Examplify

Pepperdine Caruso School of Law allows students to take their midterm and final law exams online through Examsoft’s Examplify. If you plan to use your laptop computer to take your exams, Examplify is required.

For instructions on how to download and install Examplify on your laptop computer, please see the instructions listed below.

For an instructional video that discusses this process and more, please view the video below. The timecode for downloading, installing and registering for Examplify is at 00:28.

1. Check your email for a message sent from the Associate Director for Instructional Technology Services Hong Kha through hong.kha@pepperdine.edu that contains your log in credentials and have that one hand.

2. Log on to http://www.examsoft.com/pepperdinelaw.

3. You will be brought to the main sign-in page for ExamSoft. Log-in on the left underneath “Exam Takers.” (Make sure to not log-in under the administrators/faculty portal.)

3. You will now be directed to a page titled “Getting Started with Examplify.” Follow the numbered instructions listed. First, there is a section titled “Check Your Minimum System Requirements.” Click on your corresponding computer (Mac or Windows) and verify that your OS meets Examplify’s minimum requirements.

4. Under step 2, titled “Install and Register Examplify,” follow the instructions listed below.

a. Click “Download.”

b. Click “Save File”

c. Navigate to your “Downloads” folder and double-click “Examplify.dmg for Mac and Examplify_2.4.0_win for Windows”

d. In the “Examplify” device folder, click on “Install Examplify.mpkg”

e. Follow the steps of the Examplify Installer.

5. Once Examplify is finished downloading, is should automatically open with a blue screen. Accept the license agreement by clicking the green “I Agree”.

6. Next, you will be asked to find your institution.

Type in Pepperdine University School of Law and select “Next.”

7. You will be prompted to sign in to Examplify with the same information used prior for ExamSoft. Again, your student log-in information may be found in an email sent by the Associate Director for Instructional Technology Services Hong Kha through hong.kha@pepperdine.edu.

Keep in mind that since your account is registered with your Pepperdine email, you may be receiving constant email notifications on your account status and exam progress.

8. Now, you have reached the main Examplify page. This is where you may view, download and take all of the official midterm and final exams, as well as the current mock exam, that is registered under your account.

For more information on ExamSoft Examplify, such as how to take a mock exam, troubleshooting, exam features, and much more, please click here.

For Student Test Takers Tech Support and Help, please contact the Examsoft Test Takers Support line at 866.429.8889 or via email at support@examsoft.com.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

How to Use iClicker’s Study Tools

Photo by iClicker.com

With exams coming up, iClicker may pose to be a beneficial study tool for your class. Saving and tracking your progress in class polls and quizzes, iClicker allows you to flag specific questions and create flashcards and practice tests.

For instructions and more information on how to use iClicker’s study tools in the iClicker Reef app, please click here to be redirected to their knowledge base document.

For more information on iClicker for students, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Power Maintenance Notice 8/29/20

The servers at the School of Law will be gracefully shut down at 6 AM on Saturday 8/29/2020 ahead of the scheduled Power Maintenance at 7 AM.  Power is scheduled to be restored at or before 12:00 noon.
Impact to our users: 

  • All of the systems hosted at the School of Law will be unavailable during this time period.  
  • These systems include but are not limited to: printing, copiers, our Staff/Faculty network file storage, and our LawMail services.

Our law school-specific technology support email, support@law.pepperdine.edu, will be unavailable during this time BUT users will still have access to the university’s HELP desk (310-506-HELP) and our lawtech.pepperdine.edu service as well as other university-hosted services which will NOT be impacted by this outage.

We will bring all services back up as soon as power is restored. 
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns about this outage.

How to Disable Chat in Zoom

There are instances in which a professor would prefer to disable the chat feature in Zoom meetings, whether that be to prevent notifications or to discourage potentially distracting engagements. To do so, please view the instructions below for this quick process.

1. Note that you can only change this setting after you have begun your class session. Once you start your Zoom session, click the chat icon on the bottom tool bar. 

2. Then, click on the three dots to the right of the text box and select “No One.”

3. You may now exit out of the chat window, as the updates will automatically save once your selection is checked.

For more information on Zoom for faculty, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

Online Teaching Back-Up Plans

In case you are dropped from your Zoom meeting there are some back-up teaching procedures you should know–with the possibility of blackouts, brownouts, or sluggish internet, it’s good to have a backup plan.

Shut down and re-start your computer

The first action you should take if you are unable to join your meeting is to re-start your computer. Quit all applications and shut down your computer, wait one minute and turn it back on. Only open applications you will be screen sharing with your Zoom participants before launching your Zoom session.

Use a phone line

This next advice is only recommended for faculty use. To help students adhere to the attendance policy, they must attend the class via Zoom with their names properly represented on the chat and participant gallery as well as have their video on. With that in mind, please don’t share these phone numbers with your students.

When you create a Zoom session, it gives you the option to use a phone line. If your internet is out, you may use Zoom’s automatically generated phone line number to call and enter into the session to let your students know your status. You can follow the steps below anytime to keep a copy of the phone number on hand in case your internet goes out. If you did not turn this feature on, you can follow the steps below to turn on the telephone and computer audio feature.

Please note, the phone numbers are not published in Courses. Because of this, you can only find the phone number by logging into pepperdine.zoom.us. Then, find your course meeting session in the Meetings and click on the Copy Invitation button. This will show you all of the information relevant to your meeting, along with the phone lines for each time zone.

In this case, if a student experiences internet connection issues, it is recommended to instruct them to call their classmate and listen over the phone through their friend’s computer, as well as use speakerphone to talk through their friend’s mic. 

Asynchronous: Recording a lecture in Zoom (with slides)

You also have the option to record your lecture, with PowerPoint slides and all, in Zoom. You can distribute this presentation-style recording to students to view asynchronously, in the case of a blackout or network issue. (See this article by Zoom to learn the tools you can use in this feature.)

1. First, to ensure that your Zoom account is updated to the latest version, navigate into your Zoom application and under your profile, find check for updates.

You may also click here to be redirected to a page that will show Zoom’s latest version, as well as provide links and instructions for download.

2. Next, begin your meeting and click on the Share Screen icon (green arrow).

3. Then, click Advanced on from the two options on the toggle at the top of the page. Select Slide as Virtual Background.

4. Click Share.

5. From here, you will be directed into your files where you can choose the PowerPoint you wish to present. You will then be superimposed over the slides (which will be your new background) and it will emulate teaching in front of slides in a class or lecture setting. Find the presentation you wish to use and click Open.

6. You should see yourself mirrored over your presentation via Screen Share.

7. Next, click the circular record button in your bottom toolbar to begin recording, and select record to the Cloud.

Again, see the Zoom article on sharing slides as a virtual background to learn the navigation, positioning your video, and more. For learning more about recording in Zoom, see this article.

For more information on Zoom for faculty, please click here. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.

How to Watch a Zoom Recording

After a Zoom meeting has commenced, in most cases you may access a recording of the meeting via the Zoom Pro tool. Please follow the instructions below to view your recordings. NOTE: If you are hoping for a transcript of the recording, you may need to wait a little longer because sometimes Zoom’s transcription coding takes much longer than it takes to just make the video available.

Step 1: Navigate to your class on Courses, and click the Zoom Pro tab in the lefthand toolbar.
Step 2: Click on the Cloud Recordings tab in the tabs listed on the top of the page.
Step 3: Once the class recording has uploaded to the cloud, it will be available and listed in the Cloud Recordings tab. Click on the name of the course you wish to view.

Step 4: Select the play button on the left-hand option, which allows you to view the entire recorded session. The right-hand option is for audio only.

Step 5: If password protected, there will be a passcode section, and the eye icon will be crossed out.

Step 6: Note that if you click on the crossed out “eye” icon (seen above and labeled “1”) the passcode for that video will be revealed. With your cursor, select that passcode and copy it. Enter/paste the passcode for that video after selecting the play button, to be able to access the recording.

Dual Monitor SetUp with Zoom

Faculty may utilize Zoom’s dual monitor display feature so the students’ video layout and screen share content can be placed on two separate monitors/screens. Specifically, gallery (grid view of all of your students) or speaker view (full screen view of the current speaker’s video) can be displayed on one monitor while the other monitor displays your slide presentation, documents or videos.

As a prerequisite to continuing on with the information provided in this article, please make sure that you have installed the Zoom desktop client and have dual monitors enabled on your system. For an instructional guide on establishing a dual monitor setup with your Mac computer, please click here. For an instructional guide on establishing a dual monitor setup with your Windows computer, please click here.

Enabling Dual Monitors in Zoom

1. As a trial, you may join or start a solo meeting through the Zoom Pro tool in Courses, or through the Zoom desktop client on your computer.

2. To enable the dual monitors feature in Zoom, click your profile picture, and then click “Settings.”

3. Click the “General” tab, and under “Settings,” check the box that is labeled, “Use dual monitors.”

Testing Your Dual Monitor System

4. Once in the Zoom meeting interface, with the dual monitor setup already configured on both your computer and Zoom, you will see a Zoom window open on each monitor. Though it may be different based on your individual computer, typically, the meeting controls and your video will display on one monitor, while the other monitor will display students’ videos.

As a note, Zoom tends to default to full screen view. If you would like to exit the full screen view to access your desktop, simply press “ESC,” or escape, on your keyboard.

5. To share your screen with your desired presentation (slideshow, document, video, etc), open the display on your preferred monitor.

6. Then, press the green “Share Screen” button on the bottom center of your Zoom screen.

You will be redirected to a pop-up window where you may select whether to share Desktop 1 or Desktop 2, and you may select whichever monitor has your desired display open.

7. When sharing your screen, you will still be able to view your participant’s videos on the other monitor while selecting what specific window to share on the second monitor. Feel free to adjust your windows to your preferred layout.

Photo courtesy of SUPPORT.ZOOM.US

POWERPOINT SETTINGS TO ENABLE “GALLERY VIEW” AND “SPEAKER NOTES”

One useful approach to note is how to set up your PowerPoint presentation in a separate window. This prevents PowerPoint from taking over both of your monitors, so you may move your slideshow with your speaker notes to the monitor of your choice and keep gallery view on the second monitor.

1. To do this, open your PowerPoint presentation “Slideshow” menu.

2. Select “Setup slideshow.”

3. Then, “Browse by an individual (windows)”

4. Click “OK.”

5. Then you may either play “From Beginning” or “From Current Slide.”

You should now see your slideshow with your speaker notes on one monitor, and still have your Zoom gallery view available on the second monitor.

“Gallery View” Settings (setting up display to 49 participants)

If you would like to view more than 25 profiles on a screen, by modifying your Zoom settings, you will be able to display up to 49 participants at a time. This is provided that your computer has the capacity to display more than 25, however, which depends on your computer’s CPU.

First, navigate to the Zoom App.

Then, select your profile from the top right corner, and select settings.

Under the video tab (1), scroll down and check the box to enable “Display up to 49 participants per screen in gallery view” (2). (If it is gray and inaccessible, your computer does not support the 49 participant display.)

For more information on Zoom for faculty, please click here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at support@law.pepperdine.edu or (310) 506-7425.