Tag Archive: Instructional Technology

Clickers for Students

Does every class use the Audience Response System from Turning Technologies (“Clickers”)?

No, but all 1L LRW classes use them so each member of the 1L class will be issued a clicker during Launch Week.  1L clickers must be returned to the Law Library at the end of the Spring Semester to avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

Upper division classes and other 1L classes may take advantage of this technology. Professors will inform their classes if a clicker is required. If you have a class that does require a clicker, go to the Law Library Public Services Desk and check one out for the semester.   Please return the clicker at the end of the semester and avoid the $50 Replacement Fee.

How Do I change the channel?

  1. Turning Technologies ResponseCard RF LCDPress channel (or CH) button
  2. Enter the new channel number
  3. Press channel (or CH) button again

The new channel number will appear in the screen

What Channel Do I need?

Unless otherwise noted by your instructor,each classroom has a separate channel:

Room # Channel #
Law Library Learning Lab 30
Classroom A 32
Classroom B 34
Classroom C 36
Classroom D 38
Classroom E 40
Classroom F 42
Classroom G 44
Mendenhall Appellate Courtroom 46
Darling Trial Courtroom 48
Seminar Room 1 50
Seminar Room 2 52
Seminar Room 3 54
Seminar Room 4 56

What if it needs a new battery or doesn’t work?

Come to the Law Library  Public Services Desk  or call thePublic Service Desk at 310-506-4643

How & When Do I Return It?

LRW students must return it to the Law Library Public Services Desk at the end of the Spring Semester. All other students must return it to the same location at the end of each term. A $50 Replacement Fee will be charged to students for unreturned clickers.

Computing Support Desk

I overheard the other day in Harnish Law Library that a certain student didn’t know where to receive Computer Help. Well, you’re in luck!

While our SOL Computing Support Help Desk at the Public Services Desk at the front of the Harnish Law Library has everything except a fancy banner, it is still the Pepperdine SOL student’s one stop shop for everything technology. It is staffed during regular business hours during the school year.

Tech Support Desk

Computing support, internet access, printing, print credits, scanning, faxing, software pickup, a friendly smile and relevant student news on the digital screen. It could only really be better if the SOL Computing Support Student worker actually took the BAR exam for you.


Google Slide Presentations Wide-Screen

If you don’t know by now an essential resource of technology professionals everywhere is Google search. Yes, you think we know it all, but it would be much more true to say we know how and where to find all those answers.

My son turned me on to search YouTube in particular. He uses it to find out how to do things in Minecraft or how to make stop-motion lego movies with his Nintendo DS3.

When you ask yourself “How do I…” you might want to try searching YouTube. Videos can be so much more helpful than the usual step-by-step bullet lists elsewhere on the web.

Now on to our topic: Here at Pepperdine School of Law our classroom systems are all Wide-Screen (no longer using the old 4:3 aspect ratio). This works out for most folks using PowerPoint, but if you use Google Presentations you’re stuck in the old mode. Here’s a tutorial for how to force Google to the new format:

I went ahead and did this and created a Widescreen template to use in Google Presentations and made it public. You can view it, copy it (File > Make a copy… in Google Drive) and use it over and over!


Fall 2013 Update from Technology And Learning

Our friends in the Technology and Learning Group provided us with some updates for the Fall 2013 term:

Checklist for Success!
 Check List  

We’ve compiled our Checklist for a New Semester. It contains the Top 10 faculty tutorials for Courses (powered by Sakai).

And remember, “Publish or Perish!”  Please publish your class sites on Courses/Sakai, otherwise your students won’t see your great content.

Firefox Ate My Video! (The “Mixed Content” Blues with IE & Firefox)

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Have some of your embedded videos or web content pages “disappeared”? In early August, Firefox released an update. In this update, they added a new security feature. A side-effect is that some professors are reporting that their embedded videos, images, or web pages are not displaying. (And Internet Explorer blocks content, too.)


Want to learn how to address these issues? For embedded video content, please read our recent blog post.  For Web Content links in your class site’s left menu, watch our video on how to edit the link to open in a new window.

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Would you like to learn more about the above items, find out what’s new in our recent Sakai 2.9 upgrade, or get training on other teaching technologies like Bb Collaborate or Turnitin? Please request a technology consultation.


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We wish you a great start to fall 2013!

Technology and Learning
Information Technology
Pepperdine University

Twitter: @peptechlearn

Faculty Professional Development

Faculty Professional Development

Re-posted from TechLearn’s Community Page:


This two-week, technology-enhanced faculty professional development program led by the Technology and Learning group and faculty mentor Stella Erbes is for faculty who are new to integrating instructional technology into their courses. Workshops and sessions will focus on course design that integrates technologies into the classroom that are learner-centric and shift how you deliver course content.

The sessions are seminar-based and will weave hands-on learning into each discussion. Each lesson plan is pedagogically constructed to evaluate which technologies can help you deliver course information, engage students, measure learning, and incorporate new learning activities.

Consultation sessions are also built into the program to ensure everyone’s challenges are addressed. Participants will walk away with a starting point on how to chunk course materials into building blocks that integrate technology. The overall goal is to help you create a more dynamic ‘active learner’ environment.

Faculty attendees will earn $400 for attending the full program or $25 per day if they can’t make the full two weeks. Morning snacks and lunch will be provided.

Meetings will take place at the Drescher Graduate campus in Malibu. Spaces are limited, so register now to be eligible to be one of the twelve participants.

June 2013 Schedule:

The program will be held June 17-28, 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Optional learning labs are 1:00-3:00 PM.

  • 8AM-9AM: Breakfast
  • 9AM-12PM: Session
  • 12PM-1PM: Lunch
  • 1PM-3PM: Learning lab (optional)

Please review the proposed schedule of topics.

Mobile Presentation Tools

One obstacle to having visual aids in the classroom is that the control or advancing of the multimedia must be done at the computer, which leaves the professor tethered to the lectern.

With an increasing demand from students to use multimedia in the classrooms, Professors must find a way to reconcile their need to move around the room with their students’ need of visual aids.

Mobile or Wireless Presentation Tools are one solution to this dilemma.

mac-ipadA computer, wireless Internet connection, and a mobile device are all it takes. A professor can sync their mobile device (such as smart phone or tablet) to their computer over the Internet. They can then control their computer by the mobile device. This is also known as Remote Desktop Control.

When connected via WIFI to Windows PC or Mac, professors can control their computer desktop. This includes advancing PowerPoint slides, launching new files, or even annotating a document all from their mobile device. With this control, they are free to walk around the classroom.

There are several tools that allow for this wireless presentation capability. AirDisplay and Doceri are two examples of applications.

The Harnish Law Library Learning Lab (Room 219) is equipped with the wireless Internet connection necessary to use mobile presentation tools that work with Apple’s AirPlay.

There is a Faculty Coffee Talk on this topic Thursday, April 18 from 2-3 pm in the Law Library Learning Lab Room 219. Contact Julie Tausend for more information.

Interactive Whiteboard

The Information Services Department was loaned a 70” Touchscreen monitor by Sharp to test for potential use in the School of Law.

Factouchscreenulty and Staff are invited to come and check it out. See how the Interactive Whiteboard and Annotation tools work.

For lack of a better description, the Touchscreen unit is essentially a giant computer screen that can be touched by your hand or Sharp Pen. Features include:


  • User-Friendly Tool Bar – lets you select a variety of drawing options with a simple tap of an icon.

Change pen color

Draw Shapes

Place Arrows


Move and Rotate Items


  • Use the Sharp Pen or Your finger to annotate and control the screen
  • Activate the Eraser with the palm of your hand
  • Save your annotations as a PDF for later review
  • Dual Touch Interface – with two fingers, you can easily enlarge, reduce or rotate an image.
  • Built-in Library of Backgrounds to use during presentations – includes calendar, to-do list, meeting log, graph paper and action plan.
  • Brilliant, Big Screen Images for Digital Signage – great for displaying PowerPoint and annotating your slide deck.

The touchscreen will be in Room 207E of the Library until further notice.

Online Video Capture

One of the top requests I receive for technical solutions is for getting online video into the classroom. With 100 students, their laptops, devices, iPhone, etc in the room the wireless isn’t what you’d want to depend on to stream high definition video live in front of your class.

We have excellent wireless service here at the School of Law, but it is better to have the video you want locally available on your hard-drive; besides, you’ll never know when you want to take your presentation on the road to somewhere that has less reliable connectivity.

I tool such as RipTiger might just be the thing you are looking for.

Technology and Learning Conference: Part II

LTDr. Margaret Riel of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology presented at the 2013 Technology and Learning Conference on the topic of “Video Conferencing and Real-Time Note Taking”.  Students in the Master of Arts in Learning Technologies program collaborate synchronously, or in real-time, using Google Hangouts and Google Documents.

GoogleGoogle Hangouts is a free online Web conferencing tool. Up to nine people can video chat with each other, which makes this tool great for small group collaboration. There are also Screen Sharing and Google Drive Collaboration capabilities. Dr. Riel’s students use Google Drive (also known as Google Documents) to take collaborative, real-time, notes during their sessions. Each person can edit the Google Document, so there’s no need for version control or a single person responsible for meeting minutes.

When asked why her class utilizes Google Hangout as opposed to other Web conferencing systems, she stated that Google Hangout allows for students to speak without a moderator or activating their microphone. This “free flow” of communication allows for a more collaborative atmosphere. Students don’t have to wait to give encouragement and feedback. In addition, the open microphone results in ambient noise that causes a feeling of “being in a shared space together”, as opposed to the silence and isolation that is sometimes associated with moderated Web conferencing rooms.

learning circle modelAnother topic Dr. Riel discussed was that of “learning circles”. The learning circle model is a mechanism for organizing collective learning within a group.  Dr. Riel’s students contribute to learning circles by sharing their progress on academic research and giving input in an open discussion. This aspect of the model is called “Knowledge Building Dialogue”. They learn from each others’ strategies and actions and use feedback from the collaborative circle to improve their individual work. The Diverse Participants result in a variety of shared perspectives and insights that can help shape individual work.

More to Come

We look forward to sharing more from the conference in the coming weeks and look forward to future conferences. In 2011 at the last conference we were privileged to have one of our own professors (our own Greg McNeal) give a compelling presentation on Turning Technologies ResponseCards (Classroom Clickers). We encourage all the faculty to consider attending and presenting at future conferences; let us know how we can support you if you are interested.

Basic Technology Advice

ProfHackerFrom ProfHacker over at the Chronicle of Higher Education we’d like to recommend: Basic Tech Advice for Students

Here at ProfHacker, we’ve covered many aspects of guiding students in their use of information and communication technologies for their courses.

For example, Ethan discussed electronic communications policies. Amy wrote about encouraging students’ problem-solving skills. Ryan covered digital etiquette in class. Jason offered 5 tips for dealing with gadgets in the classroom. And Billie provided advice regarding technology policies on course syllabi.

But what you’re really interested in is his “Basic Technology Advice” document on Google Drive. He’s shared it under the creative commons license and opened it to comments from anyone with a Google Drive account.

Check it out today!