Tag Archive: Instructional Technology

Clickers for Students

Does every class use the Audience Response System from Turning Technologies (“Clickers”)?

No, but all 1L LRW classes use them so each member of the 1L class will be issued a clicker during Launch Week.  1L clickers must be returned to the Law Library at the end of the Spring Semester to avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

Upper division classes and other 1L classes may take advantage of this technology. Professors will inform their classes if a clicker is required. If you have a class that does require a clicker, go to the Law Library Public Services Desk and check one out for the semester.   Please return the clicker at the end of the semester and avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

How Do I change the channel?

  1. Turning Technologies ResponseCard RF LCDPress channel (or CH) button
  2. Enter the new channel number
  3. Press channel (or CH) button again

The new channel number will appear in the screen

What Channel Do I need?

Unless otherwise noted by your instructor,each classroom has a separate channel:

Room # Channel #
Law Library Learning Lab 30
Classroom A 32
Classroom B 34
Classroom C 36
Classroom D 38
Classroom E 40
Classroom F 42
Classroom G 44
Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom 46
Darling Trial Courtroom 48
Seminar Room 1 50
Seminar Room 2 52
Seminar Room 3 54
Seminar Room 4 56

What if it needs a new battery or doesn’t work?

Come to the Law Library  Public Services Desk  or call thePublic Service Desk at 310-506-4643

How & When Do I Return It?

LRW students must return it to the Law Library Public Services Desk at the end of the Spring Semester. All other students must return it to the same location at the end of each term. A $50 Replacement Fee will be charged to students for unreturned clickers.

Interactive Tutorials, eBooks, Blogs, and More!

CALI [The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction] is a free law resource that includes over 2,000+ interactive online tutorials written by law professors, on over 50+ topics. This includes, but is not limited to topics such as, 1L-First Year Lessons, 2L-3L Upper Level Lessons, Administrative Law, Tax Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Research, Property Law, Civil Procedure, and Environmental Law. CALI also provides additional services including:

  • eLangdell: Free eBooks for Legal Education – before purchasing textbooks this summer, consider checking out this resource to see if your textbook is available for free.
  • Classcaster: Free blogging and podcasting tools/network – Professor Ogden at Pepperdine Law School uses this tool to post course lectures.
  • InstaPoll: Online tool for professors to create in-class polls
  • A2J Author: Computer-based self-guided Q&A system which helps users create important legal forms
  • CALI Author: Free tools to create and/or edit interactive online lessons

Based on statistics from the 2011- 2012 academic year, it is clear that students at Pepperdine access CALI lessons on a regular basis. The highest amount of traffic is at the end of each semester. Note to Professors: Consider creating your own, interactive lessons on CALI Author! You will be able to track student usage and will be providing additional review opportunities that have the potential to improve student learning outcomes.


Copyright and Faculty Rights Webinar

Pepperdine’s Technology and Learning group has sponsored several webinars on various educational technology topics.

Recordings to these webinars are available on the Technology and Learning website.  Due to licensing restrictions, the videos are hosted on Pepperdine’s Google domain and restricted to Pepperdine University members.  You must have a Pepperdine Google account to view the videos.

Copyright and Faculty Rights: http://community.pepperdine.edu/techlearn/teaching/workshops/copyright-webinar.htm

Do you have questions about what is legal to use freely for teaching purposes in the classroom or online? In this recorded webinar, speakers from Duke University and Rhode Island School of Design review the use of copyright for teaching in both traditional and online classroom environments. They cover what is legal by statute and what is eligible for fair use exceptions as well. We strongly recommend this content for all faculty.

Running Time: 1 hour, 27 minutes

  • Introductions: start to 0:01:44 (1 minute, 44 seconds)
  • Copyright Framework: 0:01:44 to 0:11:20
  • Copyright in the Live Classroom (Statutory Exception): 0:11:20 to 0:18:17
  • Questions: 0:18:17 to 0:21:33
  • Copyright in the Virtual Classroom (Statutory Exception): 0:21:33 to 0:45:15
  • Questions: 0:45:15 to 0:52:00
  • Fair Use: 0:52:00 to 1:17:17
  • Summary: 1:17:00 to 1:18:45
  • Questions: 1:18:45 to 1:27:15

Computing Support Desk

I overheard the other day in Harnish Law Library that a certain student didn’t know where to receive Computer Help. Well, you’re in luck!

While our SOL Computing Support Help Desk at the Public Services Desk at the front of the Harnish Law Library has everything except a fancy banner, it is still the Pepperdine SOL student’s one stop shop for everything technology. It is staffed during regular business hours during the school year.

Tech Support Desk

Computing support, internet access, printing, print credits, scanning, faxing, software pickup, a friendly smile and relevant student news on the digital screen. It could only really be better if the SOL Computing Support Student worker actually took the BAR exam for you.


Google Slide Presentations Wide-Screen

If you don’t know by now an essential resource of technology professionals everywhere is Google search. Yes, you think we know it all, but it would be much more true to say we know how and where to find all those answers.

My son turned me on to search YouTube in particular. He uses it to find out how to do things in Minecraft or how to make stop-motion lego movies with his Nintendo DS3.

When you ask yourself “How do I…” you might want to try searching YouTube. Videos can be so much more helpful than the usual step-by-step bullet lists elsewhere on the web.

Now on to our topic: Here at Pepperdine School of Law our classroom systems are all Wide-Screen (no longer using the old 4:3 aspect ratio). This works out for most folks using PowerPoint, but if you use Google Presentations you’re stuck in the old mode. Here’s a tutorial for how to force Google to the new format:

I went ahead and did this and created a Widescreen template to use in Google Presentations and made it public. You can view it, copy it (File > Make a copy… in Google Drive) and use it over and over!


Fall 2013 Update from Technology And Learning

Our friends in the Technology and Learning Group provided us with some updates for the Fall 2013 term:

Checklist for Success!
 Check List  

We’ve compiled our Checklist for a New Semester. It contains the Top 10 faculty tutorials for Courses (powered by Sakai).

And remember, “Publish or Perish!”  Please publish your class sites on Courses/Sakai, otherwise your students won’t see your great content.

Firefox Ate My Video! (The “Mixed Content” Blues with IE & Firefox)

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Have some of your embedded videos or web content pages “disappeared”? In early August, Firefox released an update. In this update, they added a new security feature. A side-effect is that some professors are reporting that their embedded videos, images, or web pages are not displaying. (And Internet Explorer blocks content, too.)


Want to learn how to address these issues? For embedded video content, please read our recent blog post.  For Web Content links in your class site’s left menu, watch our video on how to edit the link to open in a new window.

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Would you like to learn more about the above items, find out what’s new in our recent Sakai 2.9 upgrade, or get training on other teaching technologies like Bb Collaborate or Turnitin? Please request a technology consultation.


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(Tip! Click the gray arrow to scroll for additional dates to book.)

We wish you a great start to fall 2013!

Technology and Learning
Information Technology
Pepperdine University

Twitter: @peptechlearn

Faculty Professional Development

Faculty Professional Development

Re-posted from TechLearn’s Community Page:


This two-week, technology-enhanced faculty professional development program led by the Technology and Learning group and faculty mentor Stella Erbes is for faculty who are new to integrating instructional technology into their courses. Workshops and sessions will focus on course design that integrates technologies into the classroom that are learner-centric and shift how you deliver course content.

The sessions are seminar-based and will weave hands-on learning into each discussion. Each lesson plan is pedagogically constructed to evaluate which technologies can help you deliver course information, engage students, measure learning, and incorporate new learning activities.

Consultation sessions are also built into the program to ensure everyone’s challenges are addressed. Participants will walk away with a starting point on how to chunk course materials into building blocks that integrate technology. The overall goal is to help you create a more dynamic ‘active learner’ environment.

Faculty attendees will earn $400 for attending the full program or $25 per day if they can’t make the full two weeks. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided.

Meetings will take place at the Drescher Graduate campus in Malibu. Spaces are limited, so register now to be eligible to be one of the twelve participants.

June 2013 Schedule:

The program will be held June 17-28, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Optional learning labs are 1:00-3:00 PM.

  • 8AM-9AM: Breakfast
  • 9AM-12PM: Session
  • 12PM-1PM: Lunch
  • 1PM-3PM: Learning lab (optional)

Please review the proposed schedule of topics.

Classroom Construction in Progress

Please note that we are well into the summer construction season here at the School of Law!

The floors have been cut and trenched to accomodate new power and audio visual connections in ten of the classrooms, including the four seminar rooms.

Major construction on the floors will pause briefly for four days to accomodate graduation activities (Thursday May 16 through Sunday May 19) and then resume again on Monday May 20 when concrete will be poured into the trenches.

Watch this site for more information on the classroom project!

Mobile Presentation Tools

One obstacle to having visual aids in the classroom is that the control or advancing of the multimedia must be done at the computer, which leaves the professor tethered to the lectern.

With an increasing demand from students to use multimedia in the classrooms, Professors must find a way to reconcile their need to move around the room with their students’ need of visual aids.

Mobile or Wireless Presentation Tools are one solution to this dilemma.

mac-ipadA computer, wireless Internet connection, and a mobile device are all it takes. A professor can sync their mobile device (such as smart phone or tablet) to their computer over the Internet. They can then control their computer by the mobile device. This is also known as Remote Desktop Control.

When connected via WIFI to Windows PC or Mac, professors can control their computer desktop. This includes advancing PowerPoint slides, launching new files, or even annotating a document all from their mobile device. With this control, they are free to walk around the classroom.

There are several tools that allow for this wireless presentation capability. AirDisplay and Doceri are two examples of applications.

The Harnish Law Library Learning Lab (Room 219) is equipped with the wireless Internet connection necessary to use mobile presentation tools that work with Apple’s AirPlay.

There is a Faculty Coffee Talk on this topic Thursday, April 18 from 2-3 pm in the Law Library Learning Lab Room 219. Contact Julie Tausend for more information.

Interactive Whiteboard

The Information Services Department was loaned a 70” Touchscreen monitor by Sharp to test for potential use in the School of Law.

Factouchscreenulty and Staff are invited to come and check it out. See how the Interactive Whiteboard and Annotation tools work.

For lack of a better description, the Touchscreen unit is essentially a giant computer screen that can be touched by your hand or Sharp Pen. Features include:


  • User-Friendly Tool Bar – lets you select a variety of drawing options with a simple tap of an icon.

Change pen color

Draw Shapes

Place Arrows


Move and Rotate Items


  • Use the Sharp Pen or Your finger to annotate and control the screen
  • Activate the Eraser with the palm of your hand
  • Save your annotations as a PDF for later review
  • Dual Touch Interface – with two fingers, you can easily enlarge, reduce or rotate an image.
  • Built-in Library of Backgrounds to use during presentations – includes calendar, to-do list, meeting log, graph paper and action plan.
  • Brilliant, Big Screen Images for Digital Signage – great for displaying PowerPoint and annotating your slide deck.

The touchscreen will be in Room 207E of the Library until further notice.