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

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

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

  • 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 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 deleted 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 deleted/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.

Gmail Filtering

This post will explain how to create rules within your Gmail to filter incoming emails; for more gmail information see google’s page:
How To Create Rules to Filter Your Email

  1. Click on the down arrow by your search bar

2. Fill out the information for which emails you would like to be filtered, then click “create filter”

3. Next, choose what function you would like the filter to do; you can create a custom label in settings to tag the email, place the email in a subcategory such as social or updates, and more. Then, click “create filter” again

Note: When you create a filter to forward messages, only new messages will be affected. ​Additionally, when someone replies to a message you’ve filtered, the reply will only be filtered if it meets the same search criteria. 

Alternatively, you may choose an already existing email to serve as a template for what you would like to filter in the future:

  1. First, click the checkbox next to the email you want.

2. Second, click “more” (the three gray dots)

3. Select “filter messages like these” and then proceed to fill out the filter information in the same way as the previous filter tutorial.

Another option is grouping emails by conversation:

  1. In the top right of your email, click “settings”

2. Scroll down to the bottom of the settings page to the “Conversation View” section. Select “conversation view on” to group messages.

3. At the bottom of the page, click “save changes”

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

iClicker: Switching from trial to free subscription

Dear Students,

This semester you will use iClicker Reef to participate in polling sessions, to register your attendance, and to complete quizzes. iClicker Reef is software that works with your smartphone, tablet, or laptop.

Regardless of which device you use in class, you must first have an iClicker Reef account to ensure that you can participate in class and your grades are properly reflected in our gradebook. You can get an account by downloading and opening the iClicker Reef mobile app via the App Store or Google Play, or by visiting iClicker.com

Below is the access code that will allow you to use iClicker Reef at no charge for the spring semester.  This access code must be entered at  iClicker.com – via a web browser – and will not work if entered in the iClicker Reef app. 

Your access code can be obtained by emailing your professor, or email Hong at hong.kha@pepperdine.edu

Follow these steps to enter your access code:  

  • Visit https://www.iclicker.com/ using a web browser. (Access codes cannot be entered via the smartphone or tablet apps. A web browser is required for entering your access code.)
  • Log in to your Reef account: Click “Sign In”, then “Student”, then enter your Reef log in information. 
  • Click the “Menu” icon in the upper left corner and select “Subscriptions”.
  • Click “Polling”. 
  • Click “Enter Access Code” and enter your code
  • Click “Submit” and you will see “Your access code is accepted”. (Click the back arrow in the blue banner next to “Enter Access Code” if you would like to see when your access code expires.)

Alternatively, here is a video that demonstrates the above steps. 

iClicker Pilot

iClicker is a polling software (similar to TurningPoint). The IT department has a pilot version available for all professors to try! If you are interested, please contact Hong Kha: hong.kha@pepperdine.edu

iClicker is a responsive teaching and learning tool that incorporates clickers, mobile phone clicker usage, GPS attendance, polling/quizzing, and study guides.

To create an account, visit the iClicker website and select “create an account” in the upper right of the page.

iClicker vs. Turningpoint

Like Turningpoint, iClicker allows for real-time feedback from students, and promotes active learning. Rather than Turningpoint’s PowerPoint integration, iClicker works similarly to the “anywhere polling” option in Turningpoint.

With iClicker, a toolbar floats above instructor content and allows them to ask multiple choice, short answer, numeric and target questions on the fly. Instructors do not input the text of questions into the clicker system ahead of time. If you have existing TurningPoint questions, you can continue to use the PowerPoint slides, although you may want to remove the bar graph.

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


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


TWEN, The West Education Network (http://lawschool.westlaw.com): This is an online system where students can access course materials, submit assignments via Drop Box, sign-up for office hours (if available), take polls and quizzes, participate in class discussions, and exchange e-mail messages with instructors and peers.  The extent of your TWEN use will depend on your professors’ course objectives and goals.

Register on TWEN: In order to use TWEN you must first register your username and password. If you have already done this in order to use Westlaw, then you do not need to re-register for TWEN .  Westlaw, Westlaw Next and TWEN are all included in the same web site and registration is only required once. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account).If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email gilbert.marquez@pepperdine.edu with the subject line: WESTLAW ACTIVATION CODE.

Watch the video below for step-by-step instruction on how to register your password on Westlaw.

View/Access Courses on TWEN: In order to view and access all of your courses, you must first ADD the course manually. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to add courses in TWEN.

For additional resources visit, Students’ Guide to TWEN.

Anonymous Grading in Courses

  • This article outlines how to engage anonymous grading in Courses, using Turnitin. For more information on Turnitin at Pepperdine, see Pepperdine’s Turnitin Policy.
  • Anonymous grading allows instructors to review content uploaded into an assignment without knowing which student submitted a particular document. This feature can be useful in ensuring that everyone is graded in an unbiased manner.

*Make sure to provide students with instructions not to use their name in their document, i.e. the document name and body of the written text should not contain student information.

Creating your assignment:

Step 1: Click on the “Assignments” tab on the far left column. Then click “Add” under the assignments tab in the top left of your screen to start a new assignment post. Title your assignment and proceed with filling out the options for your assignment.

Step 2: Select “Use Turnitin”.

Step 3: Select “Anonymous grading” from the grading scale section checklist.

Step 4: Post your assignment.

Step 5: Confirm that your document is correct then select “post” again.

Viewing submissions

Step 1: Back under the assignments tab, click “Grade”, located under the title of your assignment.

Step 2: Select a student’s paper. You should not be able to see a name in the title.

Step 3: Click on the document, located under “submitted attachments”. The document should open with regular instructor access.

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

Encouragement to use Google Drive: Tips & Best Practices

Google drive is an efficient platform for housing documents, but more than that, it provides a number of features to help keep organized– here’s an overview:

  • Upload files and folders
  • Share files and folders
  • Set permission levels
  • Search/sort files and folders
  • Collaborate on docs
  • Track version history 

Helpful Features in Google Drive:

  1. Your document is automatically updated and saved every time you make changes to it online, and you can access it through any browser.
  2. Make sharing work publicly simple. Want to share your document, presentation, or spreadsheet with the world? Just click file > publish to the web, and you’ll get a public link that you can share with anyone and everyone. Make sure to understand the difference between MyDrive and shared drives.
  3. The Save to Google Drive Chrome extension lets you save documents, images, audio, videos, and more straight from a web page to the Google Drive folder of your choice. (A good alternative to full-page screenshots)
  4. By choosing to get email updates on any changes to your document, you will be notified of any changes (edits, comments, etc.)  to a group document directly to your email without logging in to the drive itself.
  5. automatically upload and store files via Google’s Backup and Sync from your computer so you can access them from any other device with Google Drive. A great way to make one of those extra copies of your data that you really should have.

What not to save to Google Drive:

  • Any information that is classified or restricted may not be uploaded to Google Drive.

For more questions, check out Drive Basics for training and FAQs

Or, check out Pepperdine’s Google Drive learning center

iClicker Account Set-Up for Students

1. Create a student account.

In a browser, go to the iClicker website and choose “Sign In” from the top right corner and then “Student”

2. When prompted for an institution, type Pepperdine University.

3. Click “Next” to confirm.

4. Fill out your account information.

5. Choose a password that follows the guidelines– and don’t forget it!

6. Congrats! Your account has been created. Click sign in with the account information you have just created.

7. Skip the remote registration.

8. Add a course by clicking the plus sign in the top right of your screen.

9. Under “Find your institution”, find Pepperdine University

10. Find your course by typing in the course name.

11. Check to see the information is correct, then add the course.

12. Now, under course lists, your class should appear.

13. Note the course history, statistics, and study tools within the class to aid in tracking your progression.

14. In class, enter the access code given by your professor. This will allow you to use iClicker for free.

  • Download the iClicker Reef app from the app store to your mobile device.

Update Operating Systems for Examplify

A big thank you to the students who paid attention to our note about not updating your MacOS to Catalina at the beginning of Fall 2019 semester until further notice. That notice releasing the OS update hold came out in the blog entitled, “Examplify is NOT compatible with Mac OS lower than 10.13 (High Sierra, Catalina)” posted on November 4, 2019.

With finals upon us, please make sure your operating system is not out of date. Mac users, you must have an operating system with High Sierra (OS 10.13) or higher. You can even update to the latest version – Catalina (10.15.1) Here are some links from Apple where you can learn more:

If you are a Windows user, I haven’t forgotten you. Please make sure to upgrade your operating system to Windows 10. Microsoft will no longer support Windows 7 in January 2020. Check out Pepperdine’s Student Discounts page if you need to purchase Windows 10. 

If investing in tech isn’t something you were expecting this holiday then perhaps making a Christmas gift request for a new computer is the way to go. Here’s a page we put together on computer requirements to help you select the best computer for law school. 

Please note that when you registered your computer onto the university network, you agreed to the usage policy that states: “Actively maintain the security of personally-owned and University-assigned computers.” This includes keeping your OS updated. 

One last thing: Pepperdine IT is here to help if you have any tech issues. We may not be able to fix your computer all the time but we can help troubleshoot and make recommendations– just don’t wait until the last minute. 

Good luck on your exams!

Law School Email Signature Update

Information Services is happy to announce an improved system for email signatures at the Pepperdine Caruso Law School (yes, remember that it’s now Caruso!). This new stationery system will be effective starting Nov. 26. We ask all members of staff and faculty to abide by the instructions listed in this article to ensure a sense of uniform professionalism and consistent brand identity.

Please make sure to scroll to the bottom of the page to utilize our 50th anniversary email signature!

Again, the informational instruction page link is here: https://community.pepperdine.edu/imc/resources/style-guide/email-signatures/

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