iClicker Basics

iClicker is a polling software (similar to TurningPoint). The IT department has a pilot version available for all professors to try! If you are interested, please contact Hong Kha: hong.kha@pepperdine.edu

iClicker is a responsive teaching and learning tool that incorporates clickers, mobile phone clicker usage, GPS attendance, polling/quizzing, and study guides.

To create an account, visit the iClicker website and select “create an account” in the upper right of the page.

iClicker vs. Turningpoint

Like Turningpoint, iClicker allows for real-time feedback from students, and promotes active learning. Rather than Turningpoint’s PowerPoint integration, iClicker works similarly to the “anywhere polling” option in Turningpoint.

With iClicker, a toolbar floats above instructor content and allows them to ask multiple choice, short answer, numeric and target questions on the fly. Instructors do not input the text of questions into the clicker system ahead of time. If you have existing TurningPoint questions, you can continue to use the PowerPoint slides, although you may want to remove the bar graph.

For more information on iClicker for students, please click here.

For more information on iClicker for faculty, please click here.

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

TWEN

Both TWEN and Courses are utilized by both students and faculty for effective classroom communication. Read on to learn more about TWEN.

TWEN 

TWEN, The West Education Network (http://lawschool.westlaw.com): This is an online system where students can access course materials, submit assignments via Drop Box, sign-up for office hours (if available), take polls and quizzes, participate in class discussions, and exchange e-mail messages with instructors and peers.  The extent of your TWEN use will depend on your professors’ course objectives and goals.

Register on TWEN: In order to use TWEN you must first register your username and password. If you have already done this in order to use Westlaw, then you do not need to re-register for TWEN .  Westlaw, Westlaw Next and TWEN are all included in the same web site and registration is only required once. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account).If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email gilbert.marquez@pepperdine.edu with the subject line: WESTLAW ACTIVATION CODE.

Watch the video below for step-by-step instruction on how to register your password on Westlaw.

View/Access Courses on TWEN: In order to view and access all of your courses, you must first ADD the course manually. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions on how to add courses in TWEN.

For additional resources visit, Students’ Guide to TWEN.

Tech Help

There are two places to get technology support here at Pepperdine. The University Help Desk and the Information Services Tech Support Desk located at the Public Services Desk in the School of Law Library.

University Help Desk (HELP)
The Pepperdine University Information Technology (University IT) department provides direct technical support for students via the University’s ‘Anytime’ Help Desk. In addition to providing technical assistance, the University Help Desk also acts as the central coordination point for School of Law technical services during the weekend. The University Help Desk is open 24/7 via phone and email at: 310-506-HELP (4357) or helpdesk@pepperdine.edu for the following issues:

School of Law Information Services Department (IS)
Information Services Department LogoThe Information Services Department is here to assist you with a variety of issues including, but not limited to, configuring laptops, multimedia reservations and training, School of Law web site, ExamSoft, and Email account training/usage. The IS team has offices in the School of Law Library to assist with technical support and is available between the hours of 8am-5pm (Monday-Friday). To contact the IS team, use the following contact methods:

Turnitin

Turnitin is a plagiarism detection service that Pepperdine School of Law faculty may use when you submit a paper for grading. This service provides a detailed assessment of originality on any submitted work by performing a search for textual similarities to other works in academic journals, on the Internet, and within its own database of submitted work. For more information visit the University’s Turnitin Community page.

If you are required to use Turnitin you will need to complete the following steps: (1) enroll in the course and (2) submit your work. If you have never used Turnitin before, you will also need to create a free account. This can be done through the home page on their website.

Wavenet

Wavenet is a web-based portal that provides faculty, staff, and students, with one-stop access to many different password-protected resources.

You should have received an email from Pepperdine University with your login instructions.

Please call the University Help Desk at (310) 506-HELP (x4357 from any on-campus phone) if you need assistance logging into Wavenet .

These are just some of the many useful components that you will find in Wavenet:Pepperdine Wavenet Mobile App

  • Registration
  • E-mail Access
  • Class Registration Material
  • Mid-term and Final Exam Numbers
  • Check your account

To learn more, see this page on Wavenet for Studentshttps://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/wavenet/students/

For general information on Wavenet see this pagehttps://community.pepperdine.edu/it/tools/wavenet/

 

Courses by Sakai

Both TWEN and Courses are utilized by both students and faculty for effective classroom communication. Read on to learn more about COURSES.

Courses

Courses is Pepperdine’s open-source, learning management system that offers faculty and students a collaborative online environment to support teaching and learning. Basic features of Courses allow faculty to post syllabi, grades, and announcements. For more information, visit the University’s Courses Community page.  Watch the video below to learn more about the basic features of Courses and view the user interface. For step-by-step instructions and a list of FAQs, please visit Pepperdine’s Courses Faculty Guide.

Additional Features: Anonymous Grading in Courses

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

Free and Discounted Software for Students: Microsoft, Adobe and Windows

Being a Pepperdine student has a variety of perks, ocean view, Olympic swimming pool, close access to the beach, and now either free or discounted access to software such as Microsoft Office 365 and Adobe Creative Cloud.

Microsoft Office 365

As a Pepperdine student, you can sign up for free access to Microsoft Office 365 and earn access to Microsoft Office tools like Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. 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.

Adobe Creative Cloud

With your Pepperdine student email, you can download Adobe Creative Cloud and earn access to software like Acrobat PDF, Photoshop, InDesign and more for $19.99/month instead of the standard payment of $52.99/month. To purchase the subscription, visit their website for more information.

For more information on student discounts provided to you, please click here to be redirected to Tech Central’s page. Thanks for being a Pepperdine Law student and we hope you enjoy your free and discounted software with an ocean view.

Computer Network Policy

Computer Network Policy:

As a Pepperdine student, you are obligated to observe a code of conduct as detailed in your Pepperdine Law student handbook.

This code of conduct includes the “Computer and Network Responsible Usage Policy,” which governs the use of personal computers, mobile devices, and other technologies at the University as well as the Pepperdine network.

Read more at http://community.pepperdine.edu/it/security/policies/usagepolicy.htm

Law Library

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The Law library can be one of the most valuable assets to you during your time in law school. Its value goes beyond your law education, as it can be a great tool for such activities like Law Review and Moot Court as well as preparing for your careers as a whole. The catalog system contains records describing all the books, microforms, and journals in the law library and other selected libraries. Links are also provided which can take you directly to the web sites of other libraries both local and across the country.

Law Library Catalog

The Law Library Catalog can be accessed via computers located throughout the Law Library.

Additional Law Resources:

Law Guides

Law LibraryLaw Guides is a collection of research guides prepared by librarians at the Harnish Law Library. These guides are specifically designed to assist library users with the research of certain subjects or for specific courses. For further assistance, you may contact the guide author or the librarian on duty. To access Law Guides go to: http://lawguides.pepperdine.edu.

The Most Popular Guide Topics:

  • Microsoft Word: Answers to Law Students’ Most Frequently Asked Questions
  • Foreign, Comparative, and International Law (FICL) Research
  • Clinical Law Research Guide
  • International Arbitration
  • Prepare for Legal Practice
  • Using the Law Library Catalog
  • National Security Law, Terrorism, and the Law of War

Additional Resources: Access the Home Page of Law Guides with important details of all of the law library services.

Lexis-Nexis

Lexis is an online legal research system used primarily by attorneys but also government agencies and other business professionals. The traditional version of Lexis, often called Lexis.com has been available online since 1999. In 2012, Lexis Advance (a new, enhanced) version of Lexis was released. You are given free access to Lexis. However, you will have to specifically request access to Lexis Advance by contacting the Lexis-Nexis rep, Charla Strong at: Charla.Strong@lexisnexis.com

Lexis-Nexis Advance Log In: https://signin.lexisnexis.com/lnaccess/app/signin?aci=la

Register Your Password at Lexis-Nexis Instructions: In order to use Lexis-Nexis or Lexis-Nexis Advance, you will need to first register your activation code. You should have received your activation code at Orientation or via email (your Pepperdine account). If you feel that you have not received an activation code, email gilbert.marquez@pepperdine.edu with the subject line: LEXIS NEXIS ACTIVATION CODE.

Additional Lexis-Nexis Resources: On the Lexis-Nexis law school homepage you can find tutorials and webinars that cover a variety of Lexis related topics. The tutorials are only 5 minutes long and the webinar recordings are from live events hosted online for students. They cover a variety of topics and range from 45 minutes to an hour.

**Please note: You will learn more about Lexis in your Legal Research & Writing course**

If you didn’t receive your LEXIS Registration ID, please email Gilbert Marquez with your Pepperdine Email at gmarquez@pepperdine.edu

Westlaw

Similar to Lexis-Nexis, Westlaw is one of the leading Internet-based legal research providers.  Westlaw has two versions including their basic Westlaw version and a new, advanced Westlaw Next interface.

To use Westlaw using your Pepperdine log-in information, see the Westlaw Registration Tutorial

Additional Westlaw Resources:

**Please note: You will learn more about Westlaw in your Legal Research & Writing course**

Pepperdine Google Suite

Welcome to the incredibly usefully and incessantly expanding world of Google! Here, you will learn about some of the relevant Google Apps that may help you throughout not only your education career, but also your future life.

You can access Google Apps through your @pepperdine.edu account. For more information on accessing your personal account, please visit the Community page by clicking here. Google Apps includes the following components: Gmail, Sheets, Calendar, Sites, Google Drive (formerly Google Docs), Hangouts, Groups, Contacts, and many more. To learn more about these components and how they will be useful to you at Pepperdine School of Law, please watch the video at the bottom of the page.

Google Drive

Google Drive is a very useful tool that can be accessed anytime, from anywhere, via the internet or the Google Drive App. Some of the feature of Google Drive allow you to:

  1. Share files with people, such as meeting minutes, class notes, and task lists
  2. Collaborate on conference presentations with colleagues
  3. Edit student papers with in-text comments
  4. Backup files (you can never have too many copies!)
  5. Work from home without the need of Remote Desktop or your Work Computer
  6. And more…..

You can even use Google Drive to create and share documents, spreadsheets, and presentations online. Although Google Drive has its own applications, you can download the Google files to your desktop and they will open in Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Collaborate on projects without the hassle of emailing files and version tracking. Multiple Users can edit the Google files at the same time, without conflict. Revisions are saved automatically and Google Drive has a revision tracking feature so you can see what changes were made, when.

Google Drive can also be used as an online repository for all of your important documents. These documents can then be accessed from any computer with Internet access at any time. Watch this video to learn how you can upload documents to Google Drive as well as convert documents (i.e., doc, pdf, docx, html, and other files) into Google Documents.

Our friends at University IT have put up some helpful guide information. Check it out today.

Here’s another great article on Google drive with helpful video. Anson Alexander has done great work to make the product accessible to new users–very thorough.

Google Docs

Google Docs is the informal predecessor of Google Drive, if you will. Google Docs allows you to create documents from scratch or from pre-set templates as well as sort your already created documents.

Through Templates, folks at Pepperdine using Google Apps can now share private templates for presentations, documents (like stationary or departmental memos) and spreadsheets. We now have our own private template gallery. Anything you make in Google Docs (or import into Docs from Word, etc) can be offered as a template, shared and rated by the Pepperdine community.

If you’ve never used Templates before in Google Docs, here’s a link to their help page: Google Help: Google Docs Templates

Google Docs has also upped their collaboration tools through quick and easy comments that can be placed on selected portions of a document. If you’ve been staying out of the Cloud, there are some real incentives to get in now.

Google Sheets

Google Sheets is a free online spreadsheet tool that is similar to Microsoft Excel. This tool has fewer formatting features that its software-based counterpart, but can be accessed from any computer with Internet access. You can also share spreadsheets with others and save the spreadsheet as multiple file formats including (but not limited to) XLS, PDF, and HTML. Watch this video to learn more about Google Spreadsheets.

Google Slides

Google Slides is a free, online presentation tool that you can use to create, edit, present, and share slideshows. It is very similar to Microsoft PowerPoint, with fewer formatting features. Much like most other Google Apps, Google Slides allows you to collaborate on slideshow presentation with unlimited users. Click here to watch a video on the basics of creating Google Presentations.

Google Calendar

Google Calendar is Google’s scheduling calendar service that can assist you with time-management through easy organization and helpful reminders. This is nothing short of the most open and configurable calendar offering available today. And while there is a wealth of things you might never do, it never feels like that power gets in the way. If you just want to login and check your appointments and type in new ones you can do that. If you want to go a step farther and have it email you a daily appointment list, that’s available. If you want your cell phone to alert you, that’s just another click away.

Google Hangouts

Google Hangouts is a platform where you can communicate with multiple people through messaging, SMS, video/audio chat and VOIP. It can be challenging to locate and contact other members of such a large community as Pepperdine; with community integration, this is a gem. Even better, with no install or configuration like Skype, you simply login and start talking.

Google Sites

Google Sites is a free and easy way to create and share webpages as well as a nice place to brainstorm and manage projects. Its an easy basic wiki withalmost no ramp-up time needed due to no real training being required. Just decide a name for your knowledge base and go. To learn more about Google Sites, click here.