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.

Hold off on MacOS 01.15 Catalina!

As many of you may know, Apple released a new software update titled macOS 10.15 Catalina earlier this week. However, the Law School’s Information Services advises against updating your machine’s OS at the moment, since Pepperdine currently does not support Catalina on any university owned Mac computers. Please continue to operate on your latest version of macOS Mojave 10.14 until further notice.

We ask you to please hold off on installing this update or purchasing any new Apple products until we resolve the potential issues that have been developing, such as complications with ExamSoft, video conferencing and whole disk encryption.

Thank you for your cooperation, and feel free to contact Information Services at (310) 506-7425 or support@law.pepperdine.edu with any further questions or additional technology assistance.

Law School Computer 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 University 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 Information Services team at Pepperdine University School of 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.

Below are the minimum Computer System Recommendations:

  • 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 10.14 or better
  • Processor: Intel i5 Processor or faster (or equivalent AMD)
  • RAM: 8GB or higher
  • Hard Drive or SSD: 120GB or higher
  • Integrated WiFi or WiFi adapter
  • Media Drives: None necessary
  • Battery Life: 4-6 hours, much longer is much better
  • Spare Charging Cable
  • Warranty: 3 year parts/on-site labor
  • Protection Software: Make sure you have Anti-Malware installed
  • Personal Printer: We strongly recommend HP Printers

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 Computer Store 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.

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!

Microsoft Office Suite

The Microsoft Office suite is a family of software that delivers almost any tool imaginable to assist users at home and in business. Here, Pepperdine Law IT helps break down the different applications available.

Students and Faculty can purchase this software at a significant discount through Microsoft’s education store; Office 365 is even available for free.

Click the link below to view the Pepperdine IT Student Discount page: http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/students/newstudents/student-discount.htm

Microsoft Word

Microsoft Word may be the most popular application under the Microsoft Office suite. Word is a powerful word processing software that is heavily used in the field of law, specifically for legal document creation and formatting. Click here for some common Microsoft Word tips and tricks for lawyers.

Microsoft Outlook

Microsoft Outlook is an all-in-one information manager for personal emails, contacts, calendars, tasks, and notes. It is said to be the second most used Microsoft Office application for lawyer, after Microsoft Word of course. For most interesting information on how to incorporate Outlook’s benefits in a law office, click here.

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft PowerPoint is a slideshow presentation software commonly used for meetings, business proposals and industry talks. PowerPoint is known to boost memory retention when it comes to presenting information.

Microsoft Excel

MicrosoftExcel is an incredibly popular spreadsheet software tool. This application may be valuable for analyzing, presenting and sharing data-intensive cases. Many Excel applications exist for case evaluation and management, as well as law firm budgeting.

Microsoft Access

Microsoft Access is a database management system, usually utilized to create business applications from templates or scratch. This is frequently used for lawyer contract tracking and appointment tracking.

Polling and Clickers

TurningPoint

Pepperdine Law uses TurningPoint as a simple live polling system. This desktop software uses Microsoft PowerPoint and Clickers to deliver self-paced assessments.

Though incorporating interactive polling software in the classroom requires some extra tech knowledge, live polling systems are incredibly useful and beneficial in learning. TurningPoint allows instructors to ask interactive questions, track student progress through their individual Clickers and receive immediate feedback by producing answer results.

To download TurningPoint on to your classroom Mac or PC desktop, please click here or on the following link: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/downloads/turningpoint-desktop/

To view an instructional video on TurningPoint’s Powerpoint polling, please click here or on the following link: https://www.turningtechnologies.com/turningpoint/turningpoint-desktop/video-tutorials/?wvideo=eivnr7c8n8

Remember, when presenting a Powerpoint that incorporates TurningPoint polling, you must open the TurningPoint desktop application prior to opening the created Powerpoint.

Clickers

The same company creates the LCD Clickers that are personally assigned and checked-out to each Pepperdine Law student at the library. These response devices allow students to answer polling questions with an easy click of a button.

Clicker use is now available in each of the School of Law classrooms. Professors using the classroom PC do not need to bring a Clicker Receiver to class. Professors simply need to open their PowerPoint presentation on the classroom PC via TurningPoint.

Students need to tune their Clickers to the correct channel for the classroom, as noted on a sign in each classroom:

  • Law Library Room 219: 30
  • Classroom A: 32
  • Classroom B: 34
  • Classroom C: 36
  • Classroom D: 26
  • 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
  • Seminar Room 5: 28

Used for informal Q&A, attendance and assessment purposes, professors can easily integrate multiple choice or True/False questions directly into their PowerPoint slides using the TurningPoint software.  Students then submit their “anonymous” responses on their own personal clickers, which look like small remote controls. Depending on the settings, the results of the question are then displayed on the slide.

Tips for Incoming Faculty

Welcome to Pepperdine School of Law!

On behalf of the Pepperdine School of Law Information Services Department, we want to welcome you to the Pepperdine family and let you know we are here to help with all your technology needs.

A few helpful hints: If you are new, or simply returning to Pepperdine, welcome back to Malibu! Here is some information regarding the more common technology questions we see to help you get started.

1. WaveNet:  Wavenet is Pepperdine’s central location for all web-based administrative systems including the Faculty Center, class rosters, grade submission, etc. You can communicate with all of your students by selecting student names on your class roster in WaveNet and then clicking on “Notify selected students”. You can also communicate with them directly via email. When communicating with students, we recommend that you use your Pepperdine e-mail located conveniently on your Wavenet page.

2. Pepperdine Email: Your Pepperdine email address is typically your first name, “dot”, your last name. To access your Pepperdine email, simply log in to WaveNet and select the “Email” button from the upper-right corner. Your Pepperdine email is your primary contact for students. Your email address is already listed in WaveNet, and therefore, once your students enroll in your class, they can find your pepperdine.edu email address in our Gmail directory.

3. LawTech.pepperdine.edu: You may want to review our Information Services website on “The Basics”, which includes important technology and library information for the Pepperdine School of Law. The “Classroom Tech” tab at the top right of the page also provides an overview of the technology available in each individual classroom. This site is a great resource for finding answers to specific questions regarding Pepperdine law school technology.

4. TWEN is Pepperdine Law’s Learning Management System: You will receive an additional email from one of our Reference Librarians with information on how to access your WestLaw and LexisNexis Accounts. Once you have access to WestLaw, I can help assist you with getting your TWEN course(s) set up if you wish to use TWEN to post your syllabus or other resources and e-materials for students to access. In addition to TWEN, we also have Courses powered by Sakai as an alternative course management system. You can access Courses by going to http://courses.pepperdine.edu Here are some self-help pages about Courses.

5. Video Conferencing: Pepperdine uses Zoom for video conferencing. Here are a few links to help you get started:

6. Getting Help: If you have any general support questions, you can e-mail us at support@law.pepperdine.edu, or myself, directly at hong.kha@pepperdine.edu. In addition, you can call our direct support line during normal office hours (Pacific Time) at 310-506-7425, should you have any needs or concerns with the classrooms, the technology therein, or your Pepperdine WaveNet account.

7. Classroom Tech Support: If you encounter any tech issues during your class, there are also support line “hot” phones located in each classroom. Simply pick up the receiver to be automatically connected to a technician located in the law school.

Finally, please set a password by visiting myid.pepperdine.edu, select “SET/RESET PASSWORD” and follow the instructions on the screen. Your NetworkID is ______Your Campus Wide ID (CWID) is ______

Welcome to Pepperdine! We look forward to working with you, and hope you have a great semester!

Helpful Tips for Traveling Overseas

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

A VPN is sometimes necessary to have when traveling abroad. The purpose of this is to extend a private network across a public network through a safe and encrypted connection. This enables you to to send and receive data without concern, especially if you would like to access sites that may be geographically restricted.

You are recommended to install Pepperdine’s VPN to access our network through the following link, https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/services/network/vpnwindows.htm

If Pepperdine’s VPN doesn’t work, you can consider ExpressVPNIt’s free for the first 30 days. For more information, please click on the following link: https://www.expressvpn.com/

Email 

In regards to email, please view the link below. https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/email/googlemail/failsafe.htmemail.pepperdine.edu

Authenticating your Laptop/Cellphone with DUO

Authenticating your devices with DUO is valuable so you can access Pepperdine’s online services like email, WaveNet, Google Suite, etc. on your device. 

If you will be using a mobile device to access our campus network that has not been registered on our network before, please visit the link below. https://community.pepperdine.edu/it/security/tools/secureconnect/

Click on the first orange button labeled “Secure Connect Portal Login” and follow the screen prompts. You can set your login to expire in 90 days. 

Cell Phone Rentals

If you need to rent a cellphone while you’re overseas, Cellular Abroad is a place to start. Please click the following link to be directed to their home page, https://www.cellularabroad.com/ .

Otherwise, check with your cell phone company to see what options they may have for overseas data plans.

Other resources from Pepperdine’s International Programs
https://community.pepperdine.edu/seaver/internationalprograms/resources/technology_abroad.htm

We hope this information is helpful, and the Law I.T. staff is wishing you a wonderful trip!

Interactive Features of TWEN

Westlaw LogoThe West Education Network (TWEN) is an online extension of the law school classroom. It is a tool that many professors currently use to post syllabi, course notes and resources, and assignment information. However, there are many additional interactive features of TWEN that are either unknown or rarely utilized. I will highlight a few of those:

Sign-Up Sheets: These can be used to set up office hours and schedule student conferences. They can also be used for students to sign up for paper topics and/or in-class presentation times. Essentially, if there is something you need students to sign-up for, this is the tool for you! You choose the dates and times and set the parameters for cancellation. TWEN also makes it easy to set up regularly scheduled office hours for the entire semester in a matter of minutes.

Customized Polling: Create polls that students can respond to anonymously. You can poll the class with the following types of questions: yes/no, true/false, and multiple choice. Use these polls in class our outside of class. Polling is done within TWEN and you can view the results visually as a bar graph or pie chart.

Wiki: Within this section of TWEN, you set up pages that can be collaboratively edited by faculty and/or students. You can specify who can view each page and who can edit each page. This is a great feature for activities or assignments where two or more students or faculty are working together to create a product.

These are just a few of many interactive features now available on TWEN. Next time you, the faculty, are organizing your course on TWEN, consider ways in which you can integrate these components effectively into your classroom instruction. For more information on other features, such as creating alerts, sharing a folder, making a newsletter and much more, click here to be directed to Westlaw’s user guide.