New Features of TurningPoint

LawTech is excited to announce new updates to TurningPoint and eager to remind all faculty of the beneficial uses TurningTechnologies has to offer with their software and products.

Pepperdine Law uses TurningPoint as a simple live polling system, which is incredibly useful in the classroom for an abundance of reasons, including learning retention and student engagement. TurningPoint allows instructors to ask interactive questions, track student progress through their individual Clickers and receive immediate feedback by producing answer results.

To view the info graphic, please follow along by scrolling down on the page or simply download the PDF version below.

For more information on how to positively update your course and “flip” your classroom, click here!

Security: Protect Your Laptop and Yourself!

sophosbadgeViruses, worms, ad-ware and spyware, and theft, are examples of SEVERE risks to your computer in a public, networked environment. You MUST PERFORM THE STEPS LISTED BELOW if you wish to use your computer at Pepperdine or you could face repercussions including loss of network access, data loss, and system failure.

  1. Maintain up-to-date virus protection software on your computer. The University’s IT department supports Sophos for faculty and staff.  For students, University IT recommends Microsoft Defender (no cost) for Windows and Sophos AntiVirus for Macs (home version, no cost).
  2. Regularly install all Critical Updates from http://update.microsoft.com. You should begin checking Microsoft Update constantly, starting now. You can also configure your Windows computer to check automatically for updates every time you connect to the Internet.  NOTE: if you have a Mac, you will want to check with ExamSoft before updating your Mac’s operating system because of the potential for conflicts with Examplify — causing you problems with taking your exams on your computer.
  3. Keep Adobe Flash & Reader and Java Updated. A great browser-based tool for checking how current your web-related tools are is Qualys Browser Check.
  4. Keep your computer’s operating system and office products up-to-date
  5. Do not install peer-to-peer file-sharing software or other high-risk programs. Attempt to eliminate any programs that might already be installed by running a spyware/adware removal product such as Spybot Search & Destroy or Ad-aware.
  6. Buy and use a computer security cable for your computer to lock it down when it is not attended. (Alarm-equipped cables are NOT recommended.) We highly recommend that you never leave your belongings alone, especially in quiet areas like the Law Library, as the School of Law is open to the public.
  7. Do not click on links in unsolicited email messages
  8. Do not open an email attachment unless you are expecting it or have checked with the sender.

Using Canned Responses in Gmail for multiple signatures

Did you know that Gmail will support multiple signature files?

This can come in handy when you are working with different teams or are responding to messages from a prospective employer.

You may need to put different information in your signature (block of text at the end of your email message) based upon the person or group with whom you are corresponding.

This is actually not in the signature functionality, it’s really kind of a cheat.  You employ the “Canned Responses” feature.  It works pretty well but you will be limited to using this in your web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Internet Explorer, Edge).

 

Setting up and using Canned Responses:

First, enable the Canned Responses feature

  1. Go to your Gmail Settings (gear icon upper right hand of the Gmail screen).
  2. Click on Settings.
  3. Select the Advanced tab at the top of the Settings screen
  4. Scroll down to Canned Responses (Templates)
  5. Select the Enable radio button.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.

Next, create a canned response (alternate signature)

  1. Compose an email message. This is just to create your canned response, you won’t be sending this message.
  2. Leave the To field blank (filled automatically with the recipient’s email address).
  3. Leave the Subject field blank (filled automatically with a reply to the recipient’s subject).
  4. At the bottom of your compose window – bottom right of the screen — there are three vertical dots these dots are the “More Options” button. Click here
  5. Select Canned Responses.
  6. Click New canned response.
  7. Enter an appropriate name for the response; e.g., “Signature A” to use for certain messages where you want this signature at the bottom of your messages.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Enter the wording for the canned response.
  10. Click Save.

Use a canned response (alternate signature) in a new message

  1. Compose an email message.
  2. Fill in the To field
  3. Fill in the Subject
  4. Type out your message, then hit return a few times to create a space for your canned response text
  5. Click on the “More Options” symbol (three vertical dots) in the lower right of your editing window.
  6. Select Canned Responses.
  7. Click on the Canned Response (alternate signature) you want and it will be inserted

 

 

(This content was adapted from materials at: https://google.oit.ncsu.edu/core/gmail/canned-response/)

Kronos 7: Timekeeping at Pepperdine

Have you figured out how to use Kronos 7 yet? Perhaps you’re still struggling with the basics of getting around and entering your information correctly. Here are a few resources which you might find helpful.

First, a video introduction to Kronos 7:

The video is helpful, but still limited. So here are some recommended help-guides for more in-depth and user-specific reference (students and adjuncts take special note):

Support for Kronos is provided by the Payroll Department at (310) 506-4636 or check out their Finance and Payroll FAQs.

Please note that while Google Chrome and newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer are fine browsers, Kronos still works best in Mozilla Firefox. Whatever browser you use, be sure it is up to date and that you have the most recent Java patches installed for the best experience possible.

Forgot Your Password? MyID Reset

The MyID PIN Reset outlines the process for resetting a forgotten password via MyID:

1. Go to: https://myid.pepperdine.edu

2. Click Option 2: Click “Set/Reset Password”
3. Enter your NetworkID.
4. Type the letters displayed in the picture.
5. Select the check box (to allow PIN text message)

6. Click “Request PIN”

7. You will receive a confirmation message, click “Close”
myid38. Retrieve the PIN from your alternate email or mobile phone. Enter it here and click “Validate”
myid49. Enter your new password twice and click “Reset Password”
*Please Note: If your password does not meet our complexity requirements, you will see a red X next to the issues that need to be fixed.myid5
10. Password reset was successful. Please close your browser.
myid6Password Tip: Don’t Get Locked Out!
Update passwords you stored on your mobile devices, too!

Network ID Services

Important update:

Password resets are now being handled by MyID.pepperdine.edu rather than NetworkID.pepperdine.edu. Email redirects, directory preferesnces and contact information will still be updated through NetworkID.pepperdine.edu for a few months while those services are migrated to the new MyID.pepperdine.edu platform.

If you haven’t ever setup your NetworkID Services, there’s no better time than now.

Password resets are the number one call we receive at the Help Desk. By logging in now and setting up a NetworkID profile you can later reset your password using either your cell phone, a non-Pepperdine personal email account or the more familiar secret question methods commonly available on websites.

A NetworkID profile provides critical information to verify the identity of any user who has forgotten or needs to change their password.

Benefits of a NetworkID profile:

  • Self-Service Password Reset
  • Change Verification Method
  • Change Email Delivery Options
  • Edit Directory Preferences and Contact Information

In addition you can find access to the new Google Apps at Pepperdine. Signing up for this service enables your Pepperdine Email via the popular Google Gmail system as well as offering access to other great Google Apps: Drive (for online collaberation), Calendaring (for scheduling), Google Talk (for chat) and more. Please note that if you chose to use Gmail to manage your Pepperdine email account your email will no longer be available via Webmail.Pepperdine.Edu

Microsoft Office 365 is FREE

 

Being a Pepperdine student has a variety of perks, ocean view, Olympic swimming pool, close access to the beach, and now free access to the power of Microsoft Office tools like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. That’s right, Free.

As you have probably noticed by now, there comes a time in legal writing when all the other free services like Google Docs or Pages simply won’t do. Maybe it’s when you tried to write your first Closed Memo, or maybe you made it all the way to your first Appellate Brief… but sooner or later you just realize you need Microsoft Word.

If you are one of those people who want Word, PowerPoint, or Excel but never wanted to pull the trigger and pay the steep price for it, well now you don’t have to.

As a Pepperdine student, you can sign up for free access to Microsoft Office 365. Simply go to the Microsoft online store and enter your Pepperdine email address, then follow the prompts to set up your free account and that’s it! Simply download the Desktop apps to your computer and you will be writing in style in no time, and did we mention for free?

For more helpful tech info, visit Pepperdine’s Tech Central. Thanks for being a Pepperdine Law student and we hope you enjoy your free Office with an ocean view.

 

 

Panopto: Class Recording

Interested in recording your class? Panopto is Pepperdine University’s lecture capture system. The software is installed in every classroom and is simple to use.

To read more about the benefits of utilizing Panopto, please click here to be redirected to Panopto’s blog post, “Video Recording Without the Hassle.”

If you plan on recording your class more than once a semester, please contact support@law.pepperdine.edu to request an account. You’ll get your recording links emailed to you automatically if you have an account.

There are different recording options, such as:

  • Audio– all recordings capture audio by default
  • PowerPoint– records the presentation slides you show on the class computer by default
  • Video– available for classrooms with cameras, records the front of the room only
  • Primary Screen– records any applications you use on the class computer, such as Word Documents, Web pages, Excel Files, TWEN Course page, etc.

Mojave Now Compatible with Examplify

ExamSoft has just announced that it will begin supporting the new Mac OS X.10.14. You may now upgrade to the newest Mac OS X.10.14 Mojave version, which will be compliant with the latest version of Examplify. As always, please confirm that you have the latest version of Examplify by opening Examplify and checking the top bar of the window for the version number. The latest version number is 1.7.4. For more information, please visit the ExamSoft website.

As always, stay tuned to lawtech.pepperdine.edu for more important updates regarding ExamSoft, or consult the ExamSoft website to ensure you stay current with all the latest news regarding your Examplify exam software.

The new Mac OS has a variety of new features and improvements, including the new Dark Mode. Hope you enjoy!