Faculty Hardware — Setup at home

When setting up your secondary monitor (connected to your laptop) or attaching your headset or webcam, you may have questions.

Please check out these very short videos and then if you still have a question, please do call us at (310) 506-7524 or send us a note at support@law.pepperdine.edu

iClicker for Faculty

Welcome to iClicker for faculty! For an extensive tutorial on creating an account and utilizing the features iClicker has to offer our faculty, please see the video below.

This page will walk you through setting up an iClicker account, so that you may begin to create your courses.

  1. In a web browser, navigate to iclicker.com and click Sign In in the top right corner.

2. Click Instructor.

3. You will be directed to iClicker Cloud, which is the platform for instructors and faculty. Click Sign Up underneath the Sign Up button to create your account.

4. You will be asked to begin creating your profile. NOTE: Make sure to type in Law School: Pepperdine University as your primary institution. The label “Pepperdine University” is not the version paid for by CSOL.

5. Continue to fill out the information and click the box agreement to iClicker’s policies. Then, click Create.

6. In the next page, make sure you have the option for Polls, Quizzes, and Attendance selected. You do not need to use all of those features, but if you select “Just to take attendance”, you will not be able to change your settings later.

7. Again, you will be prompted to select an institution. DELETE “Pepperdine University” and TYPE IN Law School: Pepperdine University.

8. Fill out the rest of your course information (optional) then click Create.

9. Congratulations, you now have a course! By clicking on the course name, you will be directed to the course itself.

Note that on the left-hand side of your course, you can find the class history where attendance and statistics will be held, assignments, and more.

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.

Tips and Tricks for Virtual Lessons

This information is compiled from Zoom.com’s suggestions for instructors. For a full PDF, see below.

Tips and Tricks: Teachers Educating on Zoom

Class Structure Tips

  • For online teaching, it is important to give students a clear agenda and set clear expectations for the class. Without the visual and in-person cues and conversation one receives in a regular classroom setting, guidelines are crucial to help the class flow. Consider giving students a written plan or agenda for each class meeting, via email or screen sharing a document at the beginning of class.
  • Encourage student engagement by using online platforms such as zoom’s whiteboard attachment. In whiteboard, through sharing your screen, students can use annotation to mark up the text.
  • To break up lecture time and encourage student engagement, consider breaking students into discussion groups; you can use zoom’s breakout rooms feature for this.

Delivery Tips

  • Pre-set your meeting settings to mute participant’s microphones upon entry. This will allow students to enter class without ambient noise, and keep your class environment more controlled.
  • Take a second after larger sections of lecture material to check in with students for comprehension.
  • Speak as if you are truly face-to-face with a class, and ensure you are a proper distance from the microphone and camera.
  • Embrace the pauses at the end of content delivery, giving students time to process.

Additional Features

For a comprehensive blog about the different features zoom offers, and how to navigate its basic functions, see our Zoom For Faculty page. Note that by scrolling to the bottom of the post, you can find additional posts that target specific questions regarding zoom.


Customizing Your Zoom Personal Meeting ID to Your Pepperdine Phone Extension

In your zoom settings, you can customize your zoom personal meeting ID (PMID) to a different number. If helpful, you may change it to your faculty phone number extension.

For more information on how to set your PMID to be used for office hours, see this article.

To begin, navigate to the zoom website and log in.

Click on the Profile tab on the left column. Then click on Edit for the Personal Meeting ID bar.

This will open a page where you can edit your PMID. Simply delete the numbers that have randomly been assigned, and enter the sequence you would like. We recommend that you use your 10-digit faculty phone number. Remember to save your changes.

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

How to Make Great Presentations

In this post, we will discuss how to utilize PowerPoint and/or Google Slides to create an informational and visually effective presentation that will generate the optimal level of student learning engagement and retention.

Because this is a lengthy post, feel free to navigate to the topics of interest in the table of contents below, as well as be navigated back to the top at the end of each section.

We will touch on the following points:

Table of Contents

When creating a presentation, it is important that the audience is in mind, the presentation is message focused, and that the information is presented in a clean, clear format. Knowing visual design concepts alongside presentational skills available on popular presentation platforms such as PowerPoint and Google Slides are vital to ensure your information is presented clearly.

Storytelling Structure

Creating a memorable and effective lecture is almost like crafting a story. Here are a few key points to keep in mind when considering the storytelling structure of a lecture or lesson.

Put the audience first.
Remember that your story is their story, meaning that though this lecture is coming from your knowledge and perspective, the goal is to have your students understand and relate well enough to envision the knowledge as their own. When creating a lecture, make sure to keep your audience in mind.

Have a solid theme and structure.
A theme can be as simple as the main subject point of the day’s lecture–however, it is important to have a clear and set theme in which each sub-point is constantly reconnected toward. The structure can be as simple or as complex as the instructor desires, but it must help build his or her narrative. The more details and complexity included in the lesson, the more important it is to have a clear theme so your students may hear, understand and remember your points.

Hook them early, and add emotion.
Though somewhat cliche, it is often helpful to begin a long topic with an engaging anecdote. Individuals are more likely to engage and retain information on topics that they resonate with, so adding an emotional hook with story examples or a brief anecdote may increase your chances of having a more responsive audience. Otherwise, throughout the presentation, attempt to keep only one or two points on each slide, along with visuals that illustrate the message (more details on these topics to come later in this blog post).

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Graphic Design


Typography can make or break the presentation. Choosing the right font (proper typeface and proper sizing) is important in determining how efficiently a student can read, decode and process the information presented on the slides. 

In terms of typeface selection, the general lesson is: good fonts are invisible, while bad fonts are noticed right away. For beginner designers, stick to Helvetica, Arial or Proxima Nova.

When considering font size, ensure your text big enough in order to ensure readability on your screen or projector even in the back of the classroom. For titles, 30pt minimum is suggested; for main text, size 18pt minimum is recommended.

Notice the difference between the first and second slides presented below in terms of readability in typeface and font size selection.

Once you get more advanced, you can start to play around with whatever readable and compatible fonts you like. Keep in mind that for screen projection, sans serif type faces are preferable, as serif is mainly used for print. However, sans serif and serif fonts are compatible when wanting to contrast titles and body text.

Notice the visual hierarchy created with these two different fonts and boldness selection. We will go more in depth on hierarchy in the next section.

Text Hierarchy

The amount of text you include on your slides and the way you present them contribute greatly to the way your readers take in your information. Text hierarchy revolves around the perception of importance. You can stress the importance of points in many ways, such as making the font larger, bold, a different color, etc.

When designing slides, make sure to keep in mind good visual hierarchy so you can be confident that the right elements are catching the students’ attentions.

In general, it is better to bullet your points instead of including full, complete sentences on the slide. This will ensure that your students are paying attention to you and your lecture, rather than simply attempting to read the text on the slide.

Notice how in the first slide, complete sentences overwhelm the reader and make it difficult to understand what facts are key pieces of information. In the second presentation slide below, the points are bulleted and the key takeaways are highlighted in a bolder typeface of the same family as well as with color (we will go more in depth on color in the next section).

In this last example, notice how the incorporation of more than one visual aids separates the points by categories, alongside the subheading in a bolder, larger font. The sub-point in the last bulleted statement is in a smaller font, showing that it holds the least amount of importance on this slide.


In a perfect world, we would all have the time to learn the basics of color theory. Though seemingly intuitive, figuring out which colors are compatible is harder than it seems.

The easiest rules to remember are those of complementary colors and analogous colors. Complementary colors are those that are on opposing sides of the color wheel (for instance, Christmas’s green and red, or Pepperdine’s blue and orange). Analogous colors are any four slices on the wheel that are directly connected to one another (such as “yellow” all the way to “red-orange”).

Don’t worry, color theory memorization is not required to create a great presentation. If you would like to experiment with color, Adobe Color allows you to select any color on the color wheel and will automatically provide you with compatible colors based on your selection.

In terms of perception, brighter, more vibrant colors often come across as more playful, while darker colors often feel a little cooler and usually more professional.

Notice how in the slide below, incorporating a complimentary color theme and visual hierarchy makes the slide seems more professional and more engaging.

This slide was created with the help of a free template. Powerpoint and Google Slides both have pre-generated theme templates that are easily accessible. SlideCarnival is a reliable site with more options that may be downloaded for Powerpoint and/or Google Slides.

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Incorporating Visuals

To breathe life into an ancient cliche, a picture is worth a thousand words. This is even more noteworthy when presenting information to an audience. Though a picture may not give all of the detail needed to grasp a concept, a picture will act as a visual image to aid in the memory and understanding of whatever topic presented, as long as it is related.

Overall, the best visuals are often the ones that are simply designed. If your image is too large, the audience may tend to focus on it and be distracted from the key information.


One of the only times suggested to use a large image, or background picture, is for introductory slides. This image paints a foreshadowing picture of the topic, as well as leaves room for the instructor to provide a preliminary lecture for the upcoming section.

It is often handy to incorporate visual images in presentations, whether that be through pictures, icons or data displays. It is pertinent that the image is directly relevant to the topic discussed on the same slide to aid in consistency and lecture retention.


Visuals should always help illustrate the point. If desired, icons can be the extras that make your presentation fun and visually pleasing. Much like images, icons should always directly relate to the point being presented.

You can download free icons online through reliable sites, such as TheNounProject, FlatIcon, or IconFinder.

Charts, TABLEs and graphs

You can also use visuals to conceptualize big numbers and data.

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Multimedia Elements

Multimedia elements can be extremely useful and memorable ways to convey information. If there are certain videos or audio clips that you would like to incorporate into your presentation, it may behoove you to embed them into your slideshow rather than disrupting your flow by exiting out and opening a new window.

Aside from videos and audio clips, you can also incorporate gifs by downloading them off reliable websites, such as Giphy.com, and importing them as if they were ordinary images.


1. On the slide that you would like the place an audio or video clip, select “Insert” at the top left of your menu bar on Google Slides.

2. For this guide, we will select “Video.” A new window will appear with a title of “Insert Video.” From here, you may either search for a video on Youtube, copy and paste a video URL, or import a video from your Google Drive.

3. After choosing your video and embedding method of choice, click “Select” to have your video placed on your side. Feel free to resize and reposition your video to your liking.

4. Notice that a new menu titled “Format options” now appears to your right side. Here, you can adjust the settings of your video, such as whether you would like the video to automatically play once you enter this slide, when the video should start/end, etc.

VIDEO Instructions for Microsoft Powerpoint

1. On the slide that you would like the place an audio or video clip, select “Insert” at the top left of your menu bar on Powerpoint.

2. Navigate to the right side of the toolbar that has now been presented. Here, you will see the options to either import your video or audio of choice.

3. For this guide, you may select “Video” and have the drop-down menu appear. From these two selections, you may either use “Movie Browser” to search your computer for movies (iMove files, Adobe Premiere files, etc.) or “Movie from File” if you would like to import a video saved from your desktop.

Note that, unlike Google Slides, you are not able to search a video on Youtube or simply link a URL. This will mean you need to take a few extra steps for inserting a specific video from online that you desire. You may download the video off Youtube through any reliable Youtube to MP4 converter, such as https://ytmp3.cc/en13/, or find a free, downloadable source.

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Transitions are the potential effect selections you may choose as you move from one slide to the next. It is advised to either choose one (or no) transitions throughout the entirety of the presentations for consistency, or mindfully choose a transition for a specific slide to illustrate a memorable point. This is due to the fact that though continuously changing transitions may be fun and quirky, they have the potential to seriously distract your audience.

transition instructions for google slides

1. If you would like to emphasis a certain slide with a transition, go on the slide you wish to have a transition effect on in Google Slides. Select “Transition” at the top of your menu.

If you would like to set one consistent transition throughout your presentation, you may click on “Transition” as well.

2. From here, a new menu will appear on your right. Under “Slide Transition” you will see that you can select your desired transition, as well as dictate the speed at which the effect will occur by moving the yellow bar.

By selecting the drop-down menu, you will see a list of possible Google Slide transitions. By selecting “Play”, you may preview the effect. The button titled “Apply to all slides” will automatically set this effect to all slides in your presentation.

transition instructions for microsoft powerpoint

1. If you would like to emphasis a certain slide with a transition, go on the slide you wish to have a transition effect on in Powerpoint. Select “Transitions” at the top of your menu.

If you would like to set one consistent transition throughout your presentation, you may click on “Transitions” as well.

2. By selecting the dropdown menu under the transition images, you will see the entirity of your transition effect options.

3. On the right side of your transition options, you will see a variety of transition preferences you may adjust, such as how this transition will occur and for how long.

If you would like to set a general, consistent transition effect across your entire presentation, select “Apply To All” on the far right of the menu.

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Animations are movements that can be applied to objects within a slide. Since animations are pretty fun, it’s easy to get carried away. Animations are best used when it relates and enhances the message presented and you want the audience to remember the point you are making.

We will now give you two examples and step-by-step instructions on how to properly incorporate animations in your presentation. Though one set of instructions will be for Google Slides and another for Microsoft Powerpoint, the concepts and procedures remain the same on both interfaces.

animation instructions for google slides

Sometimes, it’s beneficial to not have all of your information presented on the screen at once, so students can focus on one point at a time instead of haphazardly attempting to copy all information provided in their notes. For this example, we will be using the timeline icons slide. Having a point on a timeline appear on-click is a very common way to guide discussion.

1. Go on the presentation and slide in which you would wish to have animations.

2. Highlight the object(s) you would like to be animated. In this case, we are highlighting the text boxes, bar, and circle icon all together to be animated as one cohesive object.

3. With the object(s) still selected, you may release your click and navigate toward “Animate” at the top of Google’s menu bar.

4. Now you will see a “Motion” menu pop-up on the right side. This is where you can adjust the animation settings. Because we mass selected objects, you will see each object and their coinciding default selection. Click the arrow on the left to see a list of animation details.

5. If you click the arrow next to the “Fade In” option, you will see a drop-down menu of all potential animation selections for an object. For our purposes, we will leave it at “Fade In.”

6. If you click the arrow next to the “On Click” option, you will see a drop-down menu of all potential selections for when the object will animate. For our purposes, leave the selection to “On Click” for the first selected object on the top.

7. The right-hand bar in yellow indicates the speed of which these animations will move. For our example, you may leave the animation at it’s default pace.

8. For the latter objects, make sure that the “On Click” selection is set as “(With previous)”. This will ensure that all objects will appear at the same time, instead of staggered.

9. Apply steps 2-8 to the next timeline objects.

10. Now, when you press “Play” or present your slideshow, you will see that the animations will appear on each click.


1. Go on the presentation and slide in which you would wish to have animations.

2. Highlight the object(s) you would like to be animated. In this case, we are highlighting the text boxes, bar, and circle icon all together to be animated as one cohesive object.

3. Next, select “Animations” on the top of your menu.

You can now see all of the default animation selections at your disposal. Since we are trying to represent the fact that “water positively increases nutrient mobility in the body,” the “Rise Up” animation will help illustrate that point.

You will now see a new menu appear on the right of your presentation. This will show all of the objects that you have animations on this particular slide. Notice the tabs titled “Effect Options,” “Timing,” and “Triggers.” This is where you may adjust the details for your animations.

You will also notice your selected objects on the slide having numbers next to them. Since they are grouped as one, all of these objects will have the number “1” next to them, meaning that they will be the first to animate. These numbers will not appear when you present the presentation.

4. Under “Timing,” it is preferential to select “On Click” so your animation will happen on the command of your click.

You can also see the same options appear on the top right of your menu bar.

5. Now, this “Rise Up” animation can be shown through a trial play through of your presentation. On your click, the selected objects should now move themselves up to their establish position.

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Hotkeys are keyboard shortcuts. By clicking these letters and/or symbols at once, you may conduct an action in one press that may have taken you several clicks. Though seemingly confusing and hard to memorize at first, after frequent practice, hotkeys are incredibly useful for speeding up the presentation creation process.

KEYBOARD SHORTCUTS for microsoft powerpoint

Below is a list of the most popular hotkeys/shortcuts used for creating Powerpoint presentations. For a complete list, visit Microsoft’s blogpost by clicking here.


Below is a list of the most popular hotkeys/shortcuts used for creating Google Slides presentations. For a complete list, visit Google’s blogpost by clicking here.

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Using Your Cellphone as a Document Camera in Zoom

As we adapt our teaching styles to fit with the digital world, it is useful to know that there are many ways to utilize Zoom to replicate typical classroom technology. With a smartphone, a computer and the Zoom software, you can incorporate a document camera into your lectures. This article will guide you through the steps on how to download, install and use your smartphone for this purpose.

Image courtesy of SquareCap

A document camera, also known as a digital overhead, is an electronic imaging device that can project or display on a screen whatever is being captured through a connected camera.

Typically, a phone stand is useful when using a smartphone adaption of a document camera. You may browse through numerous options online to find one that best suits your needs, or check out this one from the photo above.

How to Turn Your Phone into a Doc Cam by Signing into Zoom with Two Devices

Teachers who are utilizing online meeting platforms such as Zoom have likely found that the built-in whiteboard is not easy to use, unless paired with a tablet built for this purpose. Thankfully, since most phones have high-quality cameras that can project well on the computer and visible to students on their screen, you can join your Zoom meeting with your cellphone as a second device that may act as a document camera.

To use your phone as a document camera at home, follow these steps:

  1. Log on to Zoom at https://pepperdine.zoom.us/ using SSO and join/start a pre-existing meeting, or create a trial meeting.

However, first, make sure that your Pepperdine Zoom account has been properly activated. For more information on Zoom for faculty, please click here.

2. Next, start or join your meeting from your computer as normal.

3. Now, transition to your phone. Go to your device’s app store so you may search and download Zoom.

First, there are two main tips we ask you to consider while using your phone as a second device for a document camera:

  • Whether on an iPhone or Android, go to your settings menu, and set your brightness and screen settings to never turn off in the display preferences. This will ensure your screen will not go dark while streaming.
  • We also recommend turning off notifications while you are teaching to prevent potential disruption, or even using an old phone that is not connected to your data plan. 

Note, the screenshots shown below visually represent the process for an iPhone, however, the general steps are practically the same for an Android device.

Once found, select “Download” or proceed to re-install the app if you have already installed it previously.

4. Once installed, find the app on your home screen and select the icon to open Zoom on your mobile device.

5. Once opened, you will be presented with a screen that asks you how you would like to proceed. Select “Join a Meeting” at the bottom of the screen.

6. Much like another meeting participant would join your Zoom Meeting, enter the Meeting ID that you created and/or distributed to your students.

You may also find the specific Meeting ID to your Zoom meeting at the top center of your active meeting.

7. Before selecting join, make sure that you select “Don’t Connect To Audio” on your second device. This will ensure that there will not be an echo when you continue to lecture.

8. Now, you may click “Join.”

9. Going back to your computer or primary device, notice that your “Manage Participants” icon is orange. This shows that your second device is now waiting to be admitted into your meeting.

Select “Manage Participants” to be directed to the waiting room options. Click “Admit” for your cellphone device.

10. Depending on your personal phone settings, you may get three pop-up windows at this time: click your preference when asked if Zoom may “Send You Notifications,” click “OK” when asked if Zoom may “Access the Camera“, and click “Don’t Allow” when asked if Zoom may “Access the Microphone.”

11. Now, you have two devices at your disposal: the camera that is broadcasting your face, and the camera that is broadcasting whatever view is on your cellphone. You should notice that your Zoom screen is broadcasting the same visual that your smartphone camera is showing.

Place your phone on whatever object you choose to have support your camera (whether that be a phone stand, a random household object, or your hand–obviously, the first choice is the most recommended) and position your camera to show

12. To have your second device be the main screen showing on your Zoom meeting for yourself, such as the image above, you must pin the screen of your secondary device. This will allow you to see what the students are seeing, and you may properly adjust your smartphone’s positioning and orientation accordingly.

First, ensure that your Zoom meeting interface on your computer or other primary device is showing Speaker View. Your screen should show your participants as depicted below, with the grid icon presented on the top right.

If you are operating on Grid View, select the button at the top right titled “Speaker View” to switch.

In Speaker View on your primary device, you may now select the three dots on the top right of your smartphone’s display. Select “Pin Video,” and you should notice that your smartphone’s camera display is now the main visual on your screen. You may advise your students to do the same.

13. As another note, there is no zoom-in feature on the Zoom software; therefore, the Zoom image being broadcasted by your cellphone will not operate as your camera application. To zoom-in on your document or give your students a closer look at the information being shown, you must manually adjust the positioning of your device holder to shorten the distance between your document and your smartphone.

14. Once you are done using your smartphone document camera, to end this broadcast, select “Leave” on your cellphone at the top right corner.

You will still remain active on your primary device to continue teaching as normal, or end the meeting for all of your participants at your liking.


How to Improve WiFi Connection for Remote Learning Using a WiFi Booster

This post describes how to set up a WiFi extender, which can help improve WiFi connection to avoid freezing and glitching for video/audio calls! Consider setting up an extender if you are having connectivity issues with conferencing platforms such as zoom or Google Meet.
This material is compiled from Tech and Learning’s website on WiFi extenders.

A WiFi extender is a device that extends the range of your WiFi from your router, to reach further areas of your property.

Step 1

To begin, you need to see what your download and upload speed currently is. Open a browser and go to a website such as this one to run a speed test. Once you know your baseline speed, you can find an extender that improves your number.

From there, buy an extender. Ideally, one that plugs directly in to a power socket.

Step 2

For placement, you will want to place your extender halfway between your router and the dead zone. The sweet spot will be where the extender is close enough to the router to still pick up a signal, and close enough to the dead zone to transfer WiFi.

Make sure the extender is placed in an open area, and not behind a fridge or other object which could obstruct the signal.

If you do not have an outlet in the desired area, consider running a power socket extension cord from an accessible outlet to the area.

If the dead zone is upstairs, place the extender directly above the router, on the dead zone floor.

In terms of angles, some extenders come with antennas to direct the signal. This can help to direct the signal directly to the dead zone. Also, you can even create your own booster or WiFi reflector with foil or half a can; this video describes how to create a diy booster.

Step 3

Finally, test and adjust your extender. “Name” the extender in your system so that is it easy to locate (this can usually be done from within the app the extender is connected to, or through the setup website as instructed through the installation booklet) then run the same speed test from step 1. If the speed is not much improved in your dead zone area, try moving the extender, or adding an antenna. Repeat the process until the speed is improved.

Alternate Option

If the extender does not work and you still have dead or slow WiFi zones, consider installing a mesh WiFi network.

A mesh uses multiple points to create a web-like signal that interconnects your entire home. This is a more advanced system and will cost you more, but the end result is usually very impressive with strong signal in every room, even for larger homes. 

Check out the video below to learn about different types of extenders:

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

Zoom Shortcuts for Teachers

This post offers a list of keyboard shortcuts for zoom that can be useful for instructors. The material has been summarized from Tech Learning’s website.

Note that these specific shortcuts can only be used in the zoom app, and not in a browser window.

Mute Audio

  • PC: Alt + A (to mute yourself)
  • PC: Alt + M (to mute your students)
  • Mac: Cmd + A/M
  • iPad: Cmd + Shift + A/M

To mute yourself in zoom without navigating to the mute/unmute button in your toolbar, try using the combination of keys listed above relevant to your device type. Always remember to check your profile on zoom to ensure that you have muted and unmuted successfully!

Screenshot Your Page in Zoom

  • PC: Alt + Shift + T 
  • Mac: Cmd + T
  • iPad: Volume up + Power buttons

If there is an instance where you would like to capture what is presented on your screen, try using the shortcuts above. The picture will save in your files for later. This can be helpful during someone’s zoom presentation, where the presentation may not be saved and you would like to take notes afterwards and review the material. Make sure, though, that the presenter is informed that you are saving their presentation, and that they are ok with you doing so.

Begin Recording

  • PC: Alt + V
  • Mac: Cmd + Shift + M
  • iPad: Cmd + Shift + M

These shortcuts begin a recording of your class. For more information on recording in zoom, check out our Recording in Zoom PDF, and how to Access your Recordings.

Screen Share

  • PC: Alt + S
  • Mac: Cmd + Ctrl + S

Note: There’s no Zoom shortcut for the iPad but you can share your screen by accessing the control center, holding down the record button (solid white circle inside another circle) and selecting Zoom from the options.

Raise/Lower Hand

  • PC: Alt + Y
  • Mac: Option + Y

A really great feature of Zoom, which makes it feel more like a real-world meeting, is the ability to raise a hand. This allows you to keep the group muted but still give participants the feeling that they can speak up and interject when they need to, perhaps with a question.

Other Shortcuts

For a full list of zoom shortcuts, go to Settings in the upper right hand corner of your main zoom screen. Then, on the left, click keyboard shortcuts, which will show a full list.

Incorporating CALI Lessons in Your Classroom

CALI (The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction) is a resource provided by Pepperdine School of Law for students that includes over 1,000+ interactive online tutorials written by law professors, on over 40+ subject areas. This article is a reminder of the incredibly useful resources available in CALI, as well as the suggested use of the program in your classroom. The information provided below is taken from a post by CALI’s executive director, John Mayer.

For notes on CALI for students, such as what the software is and how to find your registration code, please click here.

1. CALI Lessons are interactive, engaging and provide students with variety in learning experiences.
CALI Lessons are written by Law faculty and intend to teach and quiz the students through hypothetical situations. The interactive readings and tests quiz them on genuine understanding to ensure that the students selected correct answers for the right reasons. Modeled on Socratic Dialogue, the questions asked are meant to steer a student’s thinking in a nuanced direction.

2. CALI Lessons are quick and can be used as topic-introductory assignments or fillers within a lecture.
Each lesson is designed to take approximately between 20 and 40 minutes to complete, which is perfect for bite-sized material that allows natural breaks. This allows students to utilize CALI Lessons before class assignments, in preparations for exams, or even when the professor is unavailable to attend class. While students are still exposed to rigorous concepts and nomenclature, they are not meant to overwhelm the student and actually provide immediate feedback to aid in studies.

3. With CALI LessonLink, professors may track student progress and results.
Law faculty has the ability to create unique links to specific CALI Lessons they wish their students to take. Students receive feedback on every question, as well as a final score that informs them on their skill level in a certain legal topic; with LessonLink, faculty has access to all of these personal statistics to access their students knowledge on any given subject.