WAIT to Update to Windows 11 or macOS 12 Monterey

Using good judgment is the hallmark of a great attorney.

We strongly recommend against changing your operating system at this point in time. Such a change can cause unforeseen issues with compatibility and reliability at a time when you don’t need those kinds of variables. Approaching midterms and final exams with a brand new operating system is not likely to be a benefit to you.

Note that ExamSoft says that their latest version of Examplify WILL support Windows 11. However they caution that it does not support OS 12. At the risk of repeating ourselves (again) we recommend that you avoid both for the time being.

On Tuesday, October 5, Microsoft released Windows 11.  Apple has also announced that its latest operating system, macOS 12 Monterey, will be released Oct 25, 2021.
 
The Caruso School of Law Information Services department does not support Windows 11 or the upcoming macOS 12 at this time.  

Please wait until there has been a full assessment of these new operating systems to ensure compatibility with Pepperdine University systems and services before upgrading your existing computer or purchasing a new one with either Windows 11 or macOS 12.
 

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

iClicker: Access Exit Poll

These instructions will allow you to access an exit poll to give feedback at the end of a class through iClicker.

  1. Log into iclicker.com
  2. Click on your course.

3. Click on the bell at the top right corner.

4. Click on the session date you want to provide feedback for.

5. Provide feedback, then click submit.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Use iClicker as a Study Tool

These instructions will help you use the iClicker app as a study tool for your courses. Please view the instructions below to take advantage of this helpful function in iClicker!

These study guides are customized by you, the student. Learn below how to locate the study tools section in iClicker, and then how to upload your own content to the study tools so you can begin reviewing.

Locating the Study Tools in iClicker

  1. Log in to iclicker.com as a Student. If you do not have an account yet or need instructions for logging in, please read this article.
  2. Click into the class you wish to study for. For example, I could click into the “Evidence” course listed below if I wanted to study for that class.

3. There is a “study tools” button in the top toolbar. Click on it to enter your study section.

4. You may see that you have no content to review here, if you have not flagged questions. See the below instructions to learn how to flag questions.


Flag Questions for Study Tools

  1. From the top toolbar in your selected course, select “Class History.” Then click on a poll, which will open up the questions that were asked in that poll.

2. You may flag questions that you would like to review here, and the flagged questions will appear in the study tools bar.

3. Now, when you click on the Study Tools button, you will see any questions you flagged. You will now have the ability to use flashcards and practice tests for the questions.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Just Do It: Mock Exam in Examplify

Don’t forget to do at least one Mock Exam in Examplify.

Note: Like potato chips, more is better. So you can do as many as 20 Mock Exams if you like. So do more. It’s better. Just remember, when you upload your new mock exam answer, it overwrites your previous submission.

The Mock Exam not only tests whether your laptop is ready for exams using the ExamSoft Examplify software, it will increase your familiarity with the Examplify software and how and where to find the various features of this product. It is not intended to be used as a study tool. You can type study answers in a word processing software of your own choice.

Mock Exam – scroll down to the video — it’s keyed so you can go directly to the Mock Exam part of the video.

Exam Instructions

ExamSoft: Log In Through Pepperdine

These instructions will show you how to log in to ExamSoft Examplify through Pepperdine as your institution.

  1. Log in to the Examplify application.

In the top right corner, click on the Home Menu. In the drop-down, click Switch Accounts.

2. Select “Add New Account.”

3. Type in “Pepperdine” to the Institution ID box, and select “Pepperdine University School of Law (pepperdinelaw)”

4. You will be directed to a sign-in page. Enter the User ID and Password that was emailed to you. 

Examsoft: Restore Desktop Settings

Changes to your desktop screen (files moved around, missing buttons, replaced wallpaper, etc.) after exiting an exam is a common issue with Examplify, and the changes are part of the system lockdown imposed by Examplify during an exam.

These instructions will guide you on restoring your desktop to its original state if is altered after you have taken a closed Examplify ExamSoft exam.

While we cannot prevent the possibility of your desktop being changed, the Examplify website provides instructions on how to restore your computer in the case of this issue.

For Microsoft

*Examplify must be completely installed on your device before following these steps. You will be running the command:

  1. Open Windows File Explorer, and select “Local Disk (C:)” on the left-hand menu.
    Double-click on “Program Files (x86)”

2. Then double-click on ExamSoft and then Examplify

3. Double-click on “Services”

4. Then right-click on the “EsWinsr” file. Select Run as an Administrator. Allow the pop-up script to run, and it will close automatically.

5. Restart your computer, and your desktop should be restored.

For Mac

  1. Press Command + Space Bar together to open search. Type in “Terminal.” Double-click on the applicaiton.

2. A script box will pop up. Paste the command typed out below into the end of the script and press enter:

defaults write com.apple.finder CreateDesktop -bool YES
killall Finder
defaults write com.apple.dashboard mcx-disabled -boolean NO
defaults delete com.apple.dock mcx-expose-disabled
killall Dock
defaults write com.apple.screencapture type png
cd /Library/Caches
rm /Library/Caches/com.apple.desktop.admin.png

3. Restart you computer, and it should be restored.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Turn on Zoom Transcripts

To turn on Zoom transcripts for your Cloud recordings, please view the instructions below.

1. Log in to pepperdine.zoom.us (or click this link)

Click the Sign In button, which will take you to the SSO page. 

Then, navigate to the far left panel and choose the “In Meeting (Advanced)” tab to open the settings options.

2. Select All of the Options Below

Ensure that you click all of the boxes, namely:
1. Allow use of caption API Token to integrate with 3rd-party Closed Captioning services,
2. Allow live trascription service to transcribe meeting automatically, and
3. Allow viewing of full transcript in the in-meeting side panel.

Also ensure that both the Closed Captioning and Save Captions tabs at the far right are turned on, as shown below.

During the live recording session, you should now also have the option to “enable live transcripts”, which will insert live, automatically generated closed captions during your class.

3. Do a test Zoom Pro recording

Finally, do a test Zoom Pro recording in Courses to see if the transcripts show up in the Cloud Recording.

You should ideally see the transcript available on the side of the document once the recording is finished uploading.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

New Examplify doesn’t support Mac OS but does support updated Windows operating systems

21 Oct 2021: ExamSoft announces that the new Mac OS 12, Monterey, is NOT compatible with Examplify at this time.

5 Oct 2021: ExamSoft announces that Examplify version 2.8 is now available and supports the latest versions of Microsoft Windows and plans to cover the new Apple OS.

15 Sept 2021: Microsoft and Apple have each announced the release of new operating systems, which will be available in the near future; the timing of each is listed below.

ExamSoft’s release of Examplify 2.8 enables support for the latest operating system update from Microsoft

It does NOT currently support Apple’s OS12/Monterey.

Windows Operating Systems 

  • WIndows 10 21h2 (September 23, 2021 – to insiders only)
  • Windows 11 (October 5, 2021)

Apple Operating Systems

  • (not supported) Apple has announced October 25, 2021 as the release date for macOS 12 Monterey

Please watch this page for updates!

NOTE: ExamSoft pushes updates to your computer. You cannot initiate an update to your installation. However, you may need to reboot or restart your computer to apply an update once it has been pushed to you computer. Please see ExamSoft with questions.

EXAMPLIFY INSTRUCTION GUIDE

The following guide is intended to walk you through the process of taking your Fall 2021 Examinations.  Please read these instructions carefully.

Unless you are otherwise notified by your professor, all final examinations will be administered remotely as “open book/open note/open Internet” exams this term. 

  • You will have the ability to “toggle” between your exam attachment, electronic notes, the Internet, and your essay responses in ExamSoft. 
  • Your exams will be timed.  You are responsible for starting the exam at the time you are scheduled to take the exam and uploading your exam on or before the time the e-mailed instructions indicate you must end the exam.  You are responsible for time-keeping if you begin the exam later than its scheduled time.  If you begin the exam late, the timer may suggest that you have time remaining, but the deadline for uploading your exam is the time indicated in the instructions.
  • You are responsible for following the instructions as well as the honor code, which are included with every exam. Your exam submission indicates your certification that you have read, understand, and agree to be bound by the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code, which applies with equal force to examinations submitted online.

For an instructional video that discusses downloading Examplify, taking a Mock Exam, Examplify features, and more, please view the video below.

Before taking your first exam, please do the following:

For further reference concerning requirements, installation and re-registration instructions and other features of Examsoft’s Examplify, please click here.

STARTING AND COMPLETING THE EXAM

On the day and time scheduled for your exam, an email will be sent to your class with exam-specific instructions, including the exam start and end time, password, and contact information should you require immediate assistance during your exam.

(Please note:  If you have been approved and scheduled to take the exam on another day or time, you will receive this information on the day/time your exam was originally scheduled.  Please save this information for the time your exam is scheduled. Your exam timer will begin the moment you enter the exam password. Do not enter your password until you are ready to take the exam.)

Once you have received the e-mail with your password information, please log-into Examplify and click on the exam you are taking in ExamSoft.

1. Under “My Exams” on the left-hand side of the screen, look for the name of the the exam you are taking and select it/click on it.

2. Enter the exam password that was e-mailed to you at the start of the exam.
(Note: this password is case-sensitive and must be entered exactly as shown).

3. Please read and acknowledge the “Exam Notice,which is the Pepperdine Caruso School of Law honor code for remote exams. (A copy is attached to this document for your thorough review.) Please read and scroll down to the bottom of the screen before clicking “Next” to accept the terms of the honor code.

4. The “Exam Controls” screen will appear, indicating that the exam includes an attachment and instructions where it can be found under the drop-down menu, “Exam Attachments.”

5. The screen, “Please wait until instructed to start” will appear.  Please disregard this statement to start your exam by clicking “Continue.”

6. Next, please check the box, “I am authorized to start my exam,” then click “Start Exam.”

7. Once you have entered the exam itself, you will have the ability to “toggle” between your computer notes, the Internet, the exam attachment, and your response.

As indicated above, you may access the exam attachment by clicking on “Exam Controls” on the top menu, then “Exam Attachments” on the drop-down menu.

8. A pop-up window of the exam will appear on your screen.To open and/or print the Exam attachment in your PDF reader, please click on the printer icon/Print.

9. The exam will appear in your PDF reader and allow you to Print from its application, typically using the printer icon at the top of the screen.

10. Please type your answer in the space provided. There is a  timer at the top of your screen. (Please note: It is your responsibility to start and end your exams on time.  Your exams must be uploaded by the exam end time and will not allow for a “late start/end time.”)

11. Once you are finished with the exam, click “Finish” at the bottom right hand corner.

  •  a. Before the time expires, you can upload your exam, as you typically do in
    Exam Controls as shown below.  
  • b. IF the timer expires, a screen will appear to inform you that your “Time Limit is Reached,” and the exam will be uploaded for youPlease keep track of your time to ensure your exam is uploaded at the scheduled end time.

c. If the time limit expired and your exam was uploaded for you, you will see the following screen, which will indicate the status of the upload:

  • If you have manually uploaded your exam, you will be asked to confirm the completion of your exam. If you are certain that you would like to submit your exam, check the box and click “Submit Exam.”

13. PLEASE make sure your exam is completely uploaded. Wait until you receive the green screen, “Your exam has successfully uploaded.”  Do not close your laptop until you see this screen.

(Please Note: If you do not receive an email confirmation of your exam submission, please open your laptop again to complete the upload process.)

Once you see this  green screen, you may click “Return to Dashboard.”

HONOR CODE STATEMENT FOR REMOTE EXAM TAKING

The following statement will be attached to every exam you will be taking this term. By clicking “NEXT” and entering the password for your exam, you agree to the following:

By checking the box below, you certify that you understand that the terms of the Pepperdine Caruso Law Honor Code apply with equal force to examinations administered online.  [link to the full policy]

In particular, you are aware of the following non-exhaustive examples of prohibited conduct that specifically apply to exams:

1. to consult with any other person during an examination, unless expressly authorized by the instructor;

2. to edit overtime on an examination;

3. to obtain unauthorized information concerning an examination one is to take, without immediately informing the Dean;

4. to take an examination for another student;

5. to divulge the contents of an objective or essay examination (note: all exams being administered online this semester should be considered as designated as an examination ‘not to be removed from the virtual examination room’)

6. to intentionally and unnecessarily disturb others taking an examination;

7. to incorporate into work offered for credit any passages taken either word for word or in substance from any work of another without properly crediting the original author and work;

8. to submit as one’s own work the work of another;

9. to submit for credit work that has been previously offered for credit or submitted to a journal;

10. to submit for credit work prepared in collaboration with another without securing the instructor’s permission in advance of submission;

11. to improperly reveal to a professor one’s identity in connection with an examination which is to be graded on an anonymous basis;

12. to unlawfully possess, distribute, or use prescription drugs without proof of prescription, to enhance academic performance;

In addition, it is a violation of the Honor Code to willfully fail to fulfill the duty owed by every law student to report promptly to the Board Chairperson or the Dean all circumstances which he or she believes to constitute a violation of the Honor Code and to identify the person or persons involved.

An honor code investigation may include, but is not limited to, collecting electronic data from computers, phones, and other potentially relevant data sources.  Violations of the Honor Code are extremely serious, can cause sanctions including expulsion, and must be reported to the bar examiners as part of the moral character determination, thus potentially hampering your ability to ever practice law.

IF YOU NEED ANY TECHNOLOGY ASSISTANCE, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO REACH OUT TO INFORMATION SERVICES AT (310) 506-7425 OR SUPPORT@LAW.PEPPERDINE.EDU. GOOD LUCK!

Adobe Acrobat Pro and Editing PDFs

We are often asked about a reduced cost or free license for Acrobat Pro for students, faculty and staff.

If you are using a Pepperdine University-owned computer, chances are it already has Acrobat Pro installed according to the University’s site license with Adobe.

If you are not using such a computer (note that the Law Library lab computers and the CDO student computers have Acrobat Pro installed), and you need/want to edit PDFs, you will need to find/install your own PDF editor.

Pepperdine University does not have special pricing for Acrobat Pro for use on a personally-owned computer.

HOWEVER, there is a regular Adobe educational discount that students, faculty, and staff would qualify for. That product is significantly reduced from their regular pricing. 
You can link to the educational pricing for Adobe Acrobat here:  https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/pricing/students.html

Note that Adobe has made their entire Creative Cloud product very attractively priced when compared with the price for just Acrobat alone. For just a few dollars more a month you can have access to many more premium products from Adobe. If that isn’t interesting to you… then you will probably want to investigate other solutions…

You should also note that most word processors and other software will output in PDF format.  Granted, that won’t help much when you want to edit or modify PDFs but there are alternatives to Acrobat Pro that may be helpful to you and will be much cheaper.

There is a free service from Adobe called Acrobat online where you must create an account with Adobe to use their “free” software.  We have not tested this but it appears that they will use your Adobe account information to market paid services to you: https://www.adobe.com/acrobat/online/pdf-editor.html

Finally, you may find some success in online guides/websites that review PDF editors. As an example, Toms Guide is a pretty well established site that we refer to now and then.  They have a guide to PDF editors that may be helpful to you if you don’t want to pay for the Acrobat Pro subscription or sign up for Adobe marketing with their “free” offering: https://www.tomsguide.com/best-picks/best-pdf-editors

Finally, if you have a Mac, you will find that the built-in product “Preview” is a great tool for annotating your PDFs if that is all you need to do.

Free and discounted software for students: https://lawtech.pepperdine.edu/free-and-discounted-software-for-students/