MacBook Pro TouchBar Enabled Laptops Now Approved for Exams

As you may know, there was a previous security issue with Mac TouchBar enabled laptops that prevented them from being used on numerous state bar exams during the February bar. Many law schools also banned them from being used on exams this spring. However, Pepperdine still allowed TouchBar laptops to be used but required the TouchBar be manually disabled by IT staff. Fortunately, the latest version of Examplify from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. Examplify will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.

Fortunately, the latest version of Examplify from Examsoft has resolved this issue and all TouchBar enabled laptops are now permitted to be used on exams without needing to disable the TouchBar in advance. Examplify will now automatically disable the TouchBar when the exam is launched and re-enable it once the user exits an exam. This will prevent any potential exam integrity issues so all users are cleared to take finals on their Mac TouchBar enabled laptops.

Law Students: Exam Archive Searching

You may notice that when you click on the “EXAM ARCHIVE” link on the Law Library web page you are traveling to a Google Drive location.

The exams are stored in a Google Drive folder that requires a Pepperdine Google account.

TIP: If you find that you do not have access, log into your Pepperdine Google Mail using your browser, then go to http://lawlibrary.pepperdine.edu and select the Exam Archive link.

You will note that you can search all the exams for any word but the best way is to search for professor name and course name using the advanced search box.

Click on the down arrow to the right of the search box
Click on the down arrow to the right of the search box

 

To search in “Advanced” mode click on the arrow at the right end of the search box.  And the advanced dialog search box will drop down.

Then enter in the “Item Name” field the last name of the professor (cochran) or a word from the course name (torts).

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Enter professor’s last name in the “Item name” field

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s wishing you all the best as you prepare for your finals!

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/

 

Student Printing Changed – 5/19/2017

NEW PRINTING SYSTEM

On 19 May 2017

The School of Law joined the University-Wide Sharp Printer/Copier System

Students can PRINT to any of the SHARP copiers at the university.  This includes the copiers in the Law Library and the Career Development Office.
 The new system uses your Pepperdine Waves Cash through your ID card for funds.  This is a COMPLETELY different system that does not communicate with our old system.
Thank you.

NOTE: Information on how to use the copiers as printers

NOTE: How to add funds/check funds on your Pepperdine ID Card

NOTE: Copiers have been and are currently accessible for student printing since August 2016 — the Law School was the last of the five Pepperdine schools to fully adopt this system

Laptop Rentals (for students)

brokenlaptopThe University’s Tech Central provides rental laptops to students.

If you are stuck and need a temporary solution, check out their rental program by calling (310) 506-4811.

There is a limited number of rental units so don’t hesitate to call and reserve as system if you think you’ll need one!

Tech Central also offers an array of other fee-based services — see this site for more details.

 

Helpful Tips for Your Next Exam – #1 Close Spotify before Opening Examplify!

We wanted to make all users aware of a few tips for taking exams with Examsoft’s Examplify.

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1. Be sure to Close Spotify Before Taking an Exam – Students at other law schools have reported Examsoft issues caused by having Spotify open on their laptop when they opened Examplify. The Examplify program attempts to lock your computer into the exam environment. However, Examplify sometimes cannot properly lock down the Spotify program which can cause your computer to bog down or freeze in the middle of an exam… so for the sake of your own sanity, please make sure you quit the Spotify program before you open Examplify.

2. Restart your Computer BEFORE Finals – Sometimes we fail to realize how long it has been since the last time we restarted our laptops. Restarting your laptop will help speed up the performance of your computer, as well as install critical updates. This will help your machine operate faster during finals, especially when working within a program like Examplify. Restarting will also close installers and other programs that may be running in the background and slowing down your laptop’s performance. There is nothing quite as maddening as having your machine take forever to load your exam when you are already in a hurry, or delay uploading your answers once you have completed the test.

3. Turn off your Antivirus – I know, I know… you should never turn off your antivirus, except when it comes to Examplify. Antivirus has been known to cause a whole host of issues with Examplify, from black screens, to screen freezes, it’s all antivirus fault. Any antivirus can trigger this and it can even be intermittent, so even if it worked fine during a mock exam, it might not work in the real final. So just to be safe, disable it for the exam, but then re-enable it afterwards.

3.1 Turn off Automatic Updating – If you are using a PC, turn off the automatic updates feature, as it could trigger an update or even an update warning window during your exam, which could cause Examplify to crash mid-exam.

4. Spell-Check – This is a very handy tool during exams. However, the spell-check in Examplify doesn’t work quite the same way as spell-check in Word. First, it will not automatically visually indicate spelling errors so you won’t see the little red squiggle line under misspelled words like you would in MS Word. Second, you must actually open the spell-checker tool for it to find misspelled words. You must then go through each misspelled word, one-by-one, to find and fix each error. You can however, “change all” if you have misspelled the same word multiple times, so that could save you a few clicks. The spell-checker will also offer recommended words that you can select to replace the misspelled word with. This can be a tedious process, especially when you are pressed for time, so be sure to save several minutes at the end of your exam to go through the Spell-Check process.

spell1The tool is located in different places on PCs and Macs. On PCs the spell-checker is available by simply clicking the small “abc” icon in the toolbar above your essay. On Macs, the spell-checker is available by clicking on the “Spell” tab on the right-hand navigation menu.  For a full list of directions on how to use the spell-checker tool, please visit the Examsoft Spell Check Directions site for PC and Mac. If you don’t see the tabs or icons mentioned above, spell-check might have been disabled for your exam by the instructor.

5. Word Count – Word count is a helpful feature in Examplify and is absolutely necessary for certain exams. However, it can be tricky to use sometimes. First, it’s not automatically available. You must locate the tool by clicking on the “Stats” tab located on the right side of the screen in Examplify. If you have used it once already during this portion of the exam, you will need to select the “Recount Essay Statistics” button to update the word count. This tool will help you keep your essays within your instructor’s specified parameters for the exam.

For additional helpful tips from Examsoft, please visit the Exam Taker Tips page.

Good Luck on Finals!

 

Pepperdine GMAIL on your Mac Mail Client

Looking around online, there is no hard directions on how to add your Pepperdine GMAIL client to the Mac MAIL client.  So here goes.

These instructions assume you’ve already moved your Pepperdine account to the Pepperdine-branded GMAIL.  If you haven’t done that but want to do that, go to google.pepperdine.edu and follow the instructions there.

 

The first thing you need to do ensure IMAP is Enabled on your Pepperdine branded GMAIL account.

  • Click on the Gear on the Upper Right corner and Click on “Settings”

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  • Click on “Forwarding and POP/IMAP”
    • Under “IMAP Access” click on Enable IMAP

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Now your Pepperdine GMAIL can be added to your Mac Mail Client.

  • Open the Mac Mail Client
  • Under the Mail tab, click “Add Account”

 

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  • Click “Add Other Mail Account”

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  • Under the “Add a Mail Account” screen insert your user information.
    • Full Name: What your enter here will be how your E-mails Go out
    • Email Address: Inserted as “Your WAVNET UserID”@pepperdine.edu
    • Password: Your WAVENET Passsword

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  • Click Create. You will get a warning that the “Account must be manually configured.” Click Next

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  • “Incoming Mail Server Info”
    • Ensure IMAP is Highlighted
    • Mail Server: imap.gmail.com
    • Email Address: Inserted as “Your WAVNET UserID”@pepperdine.edu
    • Password: Your WAVENET Passsword
    • Click Next

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  • “Outgoing Mail Server Info”
    • Mail Server: smtp.gmail.com
    • Email Address: Inserted as “Your WAVNET UserID”@pepperdine.edu
    • Password: Your WAVENET Passsword
    • Click Next

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That should do it. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, you can contact SOL-Information Services at 310-506-7524

1L’s Register your WESTLAW PASSWORD ASAP!

It’s a brand new world and you are going to need all the right tools to help you succeed in Law School.

One of the most important tools you’ll need is access to TWEN (an acronym for The West Education Network).

As a new student you will receive (or have already received) an email indicating how you should register your Westlaw password.

Please do this as soon as possible as this will enable you to access the TWEN system which will provide you with course information placed there by your professors.

To register:

  1. Go to lawschool.westlaw.com
  2. Click on the “Register Your Password” graphic
  3. Complete Step 1
  4. Enter your Pepperdine email address and enter your Westlaw Password (provided in the email referenced above)
  5. Fill out your name, address, and other information
  6. Click on “Create Profile”
  7. Click on “Continue”
  8. Fill in your student profile and click “Agree”

Examplify Now Supports Mavericks

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Are you planning on using ExamSoft’s Examplify exam taking software for final exams this Fall 2014 term? Did you recently upgrade to Mac OS X 10.10, Yosemite? If you read our last post, you were hopefully waiting to install Yosemite until it is supported by ExamSoft. Remember, DO NOT download any new version of Mac OS until you have verified that it is supported by ExamSoft.

Good News, your wait is over! Yosemite is now supported by ExamSoft. You can upgrade to the newest Mac OS Yosemite starting and the new OS will be compatible with the latest version of Examplify.

Before attempting to take any exams, please verify that you have the latest Examplify, and as always, work through a Mock Exam to ensure proper use of the software before your exams.

For more information, and to see what others are saying about this and other exciting ExamSoft announcements, please visit the ExamSoft Community.