If you manage or edit a web page within SMU’s Sitecore content management system, you may not know that there is a powerful feature that can be used to collect information from your page’s visitors.
Sitecore Forms allow you to create forms that can be filled out by a visitor to your page. Once submitted, the data can be sent to you via e-mail or placed in a database. Say goodbye to third-party forms that don’t match your site’s design and take visitors away from your pages! Forms can be used to obtain information for a mailing list, collect registrations for an event, or any other use you see fit.
For more information on how to get started creating forms for your Sitecore pages, stop by our wiki to see introductory videos and documentation. Here’s an example of the videos you can take advantage of:
As always, you can also give the IT Help Desk a call at 214-768-4357 if you need a helping hand.
The IT Help Desk has received a few issues recently from faculty and students regarding the Lockdown Browser used for secure testing. The version they have downloaded is either the generic one from Respondus or even from another institution.
SMU has its own specific version of Lockdown Browser that takes you to SMU’s Canvas page automatically. This is the browser you should download to take Lockdown quizzes. You can download it by clicking here.
Once installed, opening this version of the browser will direct you to our Canvas service and allow you to take your secured quizzes. If you have any questions, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org or 214-768-4357.
Whether you work in an office, a classroom, or a study room, meetings can take up a lot of your time. Video conferencing solutions have been around for many years and have helped make meetings less of a production and more about getting things done.
SMU now offers video conference services to all students, faculty, and staff with Zoom! Instead of having to go to a special room with confusing specialty hardware; anyone with a laptop, smartphone, or tablet can start or join a meeting with anyone in the world. You can also share your computer screen for presentations and chat via text, audio, or video with your attendees.
Getting started is super easy. Just head to smu.edu/zoom and click the log in button! Once there, you can download Zoom’s software to your computer or mobile device and start meeting. If you need any pointers on how to get started, Zoom provides excellent documents and videos to help.
So next time you need to organize a business meeting, study group, or online presentation, give Zoom a try!
The Spring 2017 semester is fully upon us, and this time is always busy with activity. From finding your new classes to sorting through all of your freshly printed syllabi, it’s a time of fresh starts. Your computer may need a fresh start, too!
Students, join us on January 24th to celebrate Lynda (dot-com) Weinman’s birthday!
Next Tuesday, come by the Collaborative Commons (adjacent to Starbucks) in Fondren Library to enjoy cake, Lynda.com giveaways, and demonstrations showcasing all of the knowledge that Lynda.com has to offer. As part of our festivities, you can stop by Fondren Library East 109 Classroom in the Prothro Learning Commons and check out these Lynda courses: Continue reading Lynda Birthday Bash on January 24th
At OIT we always recommend that you be careful when installing extensions and plugins for your web browser. This morning we received a warning from our friends at Canvas to let us know about a new Chrome extension, OneClass, that behaves suspiciously. Here’s what they had to say:
The “OneClass” Chrome extension behaves like malware. It can affect users of several LMSs, including Canvas. OneClass is not affiliated with Instructure [Canvas] in any way.
When a user installs the OneClass Chrome extension, it asks for permission to “read and change all your data on websites you visit.” If a user grants this permission, the plugin places a button in the user’s LMS (Canvas or other) labeled “Invite your classmates to OneClass.” If the user clicks this button, OneClass sends messages to all of the other users enrolled in the course via the LMS’s messaging system (for Canvas, that’s Conversations).
Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, recommends that you do not install this OneClass plugin. If you ever see something suspicious in your web browser or have a question regarding browser add-ons, let the IT Help Desk know at email@example.com or 214-768-4357.
The days and weeks leading up to the spring semester aren’t always restful for a faculty member. They’re usually spent working on the next class! Building up your course materials is no easy feat, and adding online course content can make things even more hectic.
To make things easier, OIT’s Academic Technology and IT Training teams are providing additional Canvas training sessions again for the new semester. These courses focus on the basics of the most commonly used features in Canvas. These classes will take place in Fondren Library East classroom 109 in the newly renovated Prothro Learning Commons. Continue reading Canvas Training Sessions: Build the Perfect Course for Spring!
Get your spring semester off to a great start! The Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) has partnered with OIT to offer student workshops that can help you make the best of your spring. Located in the Loyd All-Sports Center, the A-LEC is a great place to support your studies through your time at SMU. Continue reading A-LEC and OIT Team Up for Student Workshops
The holiday season is quickly approaching! A time of travel, food, family, friends, and of course holiday shopping. If you pick up a shiny new laptop or gadget, don’t forget to install and set up all the free or discounted software, services, and solutions that OIT provides to students, faculty, and staff. Continue reading Give Thanks for Free Stuff: OIT’s Software Offerings
In the past two days, two widespread phishing e-mails have been arriving in mailboxes across campus. Make sure to protect yourself and your data and NEVER open any links or attachments in these emails! Below are examples of the reported phishing messages:
If you received either of these messages, delete them immediately! If you clicked on any of the links or attachments within the messages, reset your password immediately and call the IT Help Desk at 214-768-4357.