Building a State-of-the-Art Classroom?

What should you consider when you are looking at a new facility, buildout of new classrooms in an existing facility, or just remodeling your current classroom? As anyone can guess, there’s a lot to consider. Everything from lighting, capacity, sight lines, and style of teaching and more.

The great shutdown from the Pandemic of 2020 taught us all more about distance learning, the importance of good lighting, cameras, microphones, and a good measure on how to approach student engagement and assessment under challenging circumstances.

It’s my hope that this blog will address the most important aspects of classroom design. My personal interests lie in the intersection of technology and learning with a lot of emphasis on practical logistics… that is making things work. It’s my belief that good classroom technology should extend and enhance the learning. How to make such technology accessible to all instructors while benefiting all or most students is the $64,000 question.

In the end this blog may raise more questions than it answers but that’s probably ok as there are likely more right answers than anyone can imagine because every school, every instructor, every student, and too often, every classroom is different.

So what can you expect from this blog?

I plan to post information on new technologies as they are released, links to articles on teaching that are topical or strike my fancy for some reason, occasional musings, reviews, rants, and war stories as well as content from collaborators and guests. We might stray a bit into digital signage, conference rooms, study rooms, and other areas that may relate more to communication technology and less to direct teaching and learning systems but a lot of that is related and all of it ties back to serving my own law school’s needs which all boil down to one thing … serving our students.

If you see something lacking, a big hole or a detail, I’m all for learning and adding it to the fabric of what I hope to be a large quilt of resources that will help those of us in legal education navigate through the decisions we have to make for our schools to benefit our students and support our faculty.

Phillip Bohl

  • Assessment Tools
  • Audio Visual Control Systems
  • Projectors & Screens and Large Flat Panel Displays
  • Camera Choices
  • Microphones, Speakers, and Audio Processing
  • Lighting and Lighting Controls
  • Lectern Design: Features to Consider
  • Providing Support to Instructors in the Classroom
  • Back End Logistics: Power, Racking, Conduit, Cabling, etc.

iClicker for Students

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

Note for returning students: the former “iClicker REEF for students is now named iClicker Student.”

1. Create a student account.

In a browser, go to the iClicker website and choose Sign In from the top right corner and then Student.

2. At the bottom of the screen, select Law School: Pepperdine University from the institution options and then select Go.

3. You will then be directed to the CAS campus portal. Log in using your CAS Login username and password.

4. You’ll then be directed back to iClicker student account setup page. If you already have a student account, you will be prompted to enter your iClicker password again (same as Wavenet password) to link the accounts.

Adding a Course

1. Click the plus sign at the top right corner of your iClicker Student account

2. When prompted for an institution, type Law School: Pepperdine University. Ensure that you do not choose simply “Pepperdine University” as that is not the version used by Caruso School of Law.

3. Click “Next” to confirm. The prompt should indicate that you attend Law School: Pepperdine University.

4. Next, type in either the name of your course or your instructor. Note: if the course does not appear, reach out to your instructor as they may have created the course in “Pepperdine University” instead of “Law School: Pepperdine University”.

5. Finally, confirm that the course is correct, and then click Add this Course.

iClicker on your Mobile Device

Download the iClicker Student app from the app store to your mobile device.

At the bottom of the login page, choose “Sign in through your campus portal

Select Law School: Pepperdine University

Login with your Wavenet account at the CAS screen.

Add a course by clicking the plus sign in the top right of your screen.

9. Under “Find your institution”, find Law School: Pepperdine University.

10. Find your course by typing in the course name OR professor name. It will show up when you start typing. Then select it from the options listed.

11. Check to see the information is correct, then add the course.

12. Now, under course lists, your class should appear.

13. Note the major benefit of using iClicker: study tools. Once you enter a class, on the top toolbar region will be listed course history, statistics, and study tools to aid in tracking your progression!

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