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that was housed under the SMU Custom Programs you’ll want to make note of the new navigation as the previous page is no longer active.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?

Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Due to the recent ransomware outbreak, the Office of Information Technology would like to remind you to be alert for suspicious emails/websites and to regularly update and backup your computer.

CrashplanTo assist with the backup, the University provides CrashPlan to your primary University-owned computer. Please make sure that you have CrashPlan installed on your SMU computer and that your computer is backed up. Continue reading Protecting yourself from Ransomware with CrashPlan

Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

CrashplanWe all have had the situation where our computer has locked up or crashed while we are working on that important document that we, of course, didn’t save soon enough. Well, I won’t tell you that Code42’s CrashPlan backup software will protect you from failing to “Save, and Save Often,” but it will save you from catastrophic hard disk failure.

CrashPlan is preloaded on all new University computers to provide daily backups of files in your user folder. This way, if your hard drive fails, IT can restore the University applications using LANDesk and your files with CrashPlan. Continue reading Protecting yourself from crashes with CrashPlan

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

Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

 

Photo by Nao Iizuka

Usually, when you build or buy a computer, you have lots of choices. What processor to use, how much memory you’ll need, et cetera. You also have a choice in operating systems, like MacOS, Linux; or Windows 7, 8, or 10. As Microsoft works to get as many people on their newest OS as possible, your choices may soon become fewer. Continue reading Need to Use Windows 7? Choose Your New Computer Wisely

What’s New in Exchange 2016 Webmail

As faculty and staff mailboxes are upgraded to Exchange 2016, you will notice that your webmail client will look drastically different. While the old Outlook Web Access from Exchange 2010 didn’t always work well on different web browsers, the new webmail interface plays nicely with all browsers and has lots of improved features to make managing your e-mail less of a headache.

Read on to find out more about your new webmail!

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Zoom Makes Meetings Easy

Zoom LogoWhether 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!

Freshen Up Your PC for a Fresh Semester

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!

As the days, weeks, assignments, and lectures roll by, your computer may not be as snappy and responsive as you’re used to. Here are a few tips on how you can keep your computer in tip-top shape for the new year. Continue reading Freshen Up Your PC for a Fresh Semester

End of Term Course Conclusion for Canvas – Fall 2016

Canvas Tips & TricksAs we wrap up the term, we would like to remind faculty of a few housekeeping items with our new learning management system, Canvas. All courses will be concluded for students at the end of the term, per the registrar’s office and academic calendar. Instructors will have an additional two weeks, 14 days, of FULL access to their courses within Canvas.

Important Fall 2016 Dates for Canvas

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