Jacob Becker awarded Microsoft Excel Certification

Jacob Becker, a sophomore planning to major in Finance and Econometrics, was SMU’s first student to receive the Microsoft Office Specialist certification in Excel as part of OIT’s Microsoft Office Certification pilot program. Prior to his certification, he spoke with one of his Finance professors as to how he could better prepare himself for his field of study. “After searching the SMU website, we stumbled on the announcement about the Microsoft Office Specialist program,” said Becker. I thought, “Why wouldn’t I want to do this?Continue reading Jacob Becker awarded Microsoft Excel Certification

Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Canvas LMS LogoWhile many of the SMU faculty transitioned to Canvas last year, we recognize some may not yet have had the opportunity to check out our new Learning Management System. With back-to-school gearing up, consider posting your syllabus for students in Canvas since a course shell is automatically created in Canvas for you to host your course content.

In the following quick 6-minute video, we will show you how to do just that and you won’t believe how easy it is! Continue reading Canvas 101: Easily Adding Essential Course Content

Page Changes and Favorites in my.SMU

My.SMUWith the 9.2 upgrade of my.SMU there are several delivered pages which replaced customized pages.  If you previously frequented or saved as favorites in my.SMU, pages such as the Graduate Transfer (GR/TR) App Entry, Batch Transcript, Unofficial Transcript, or the SMU Photo page, you will need to navigate to the new page in my.SMU. Continue reading Page Changes and Favorites in my.SMU

my.SMU: Where are the SMU ID photos?

Where is the SMU ID Photos?SMU ID photos are available for viewing based on an employee’s business need. Not all offices are able to view photos in my.SMU. If you previously used the SMU Photo page that was housed under the SMU Custom Programs you’ll want to make note of the new navigation as the previous page is no longer active. Below is how to find them in the new my.SMU. Continue reading my.SMU: Where are the SMU ID photos?

Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

KalturaIf you haven’t yet checked out SMU’s video management tool, Kaltura, a third-party video capture tool which is integrated with Canvas, you should. It’s fairly straightforward and easy to use. You can find a quickstart guide and information on how to create a video quiz at smu.edu/kaltura.  I created a video quiz recently and was amazed at how simple the process of using a video for quizzing can be. Continue reading Creating a Canvas Assignment using Kaltura’s Video Quiz Feature

Important information about Windows 10

We are receiving several reports of machines crashing after applying updates in Windows 10.  In most of these cases, the computer has to be fully reloaded.  While we are looking for the specific update causing the issue, SMU employees, please take a moment to ensure you have a current backup of all your data. Continue reading Important information about Windows 10

SMU Takes On Brain Challenge with Lynda Learning Days

lynda.comIn January, IT training facilitated a series of Lynda Learning events on campus. The month kicked off with our partnership with Wellpower as we announced the lynda.com “Brain Challenge.”  Participants could receive Wellpower points for completing a course during the month of January. During the challenge, over 130 courses were completed, with Financial Wellness: Managing Personal Cash Flow and Learn Canvas 2016  being the top viewed courses. Continue reading SMU Takes On Brain Challenge with Lynda Learning Days

Register Now for Lynda Learning Day on January 12

Happy Birthday Lynda Weinman

We’re celebrating the birthday of Lynda Weinman, founder of lynda.com, all month long – Starting with Lynda Learning Day on January 12, 2016.

Next month, the IT Training Team is promoting professional development available to faculty and staff through our learning partner lynda.com and the lyndaCampus service. LyndaCampus provides faculty, staff, and students with free access to thousands of online tutorials, exercise files, and short inspirational documentaries on a broad range of topics that you can use both personally and professionally. This is such a great benefit to the SMU community and we want you to join us on the learning bandwagon!

Join us on January 12th as we invite you to learn about the many courses lynda.com has to offer. Click the session time below to register.

Continue reading Register Now for Lynda Learning Day on January 12

Canvas Boot Camp Sessions: January 18 & 19

OIT Canvas Boot CampWith the success of our Canvas Boot Camp this summer, we will be offering them again in time for the Spring Semester on Wednesday, January 18th and Thursday, January 19th. We hope you’ll join us for these come-and-go learning opportunities to get you up and running on Canvas.  Registration for the Boot Camp is not required, but the sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Please see the class descriptions section below for more information on these Boot Camp workshops. Continue reading Canvas Boot Camp Sessions: January 18 & 19