Apple Offers Pro Apps Bundle with Final Cut & Logic for $200

Apple Pro Apps BundleLast week, Apple released a new suite of professional applications aimed at the K-12 and Higher Ed markets. This Pro Apps Bundle for Education includes their popular Final Cut Pro X for video editing, the award-winning Logic Pro X for audio editing, Motion 5 for motion graphics, Compressor 4 for compressing those videos, and MainStage 3 for using your audio recordings in live audio performances. Continue reading

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Introducing Respondus LockDown Browser

Responds LockDownWe are pleased to introduce Respondus LockDown Browser for use with Canvas Quizzes to “lockdown” a student’s browser during proctored exams.  The specialized browser, designed exclusively for secure quizzing, is stripped of all plugins and add-ons to provide a stable and secure testing experience.  If students attempt to take a “locked down” quiz through Canvas without the secure browser, they will be directed to download the application on their Windows or Apple systems, or to use the LockDown Browser on an iPad.   Continue reading

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Upcoming Training for Appspace Digital Signage

Appspace logoWe are offering new webinar training for Appspace this month. The first is a good introduction for new users of our digital signage solution. The second is for users wanting to do more with Appspace. Continue reading

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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

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Phone Replacement Project to Replace Old PBX Phones

Unified MessagingWith the recent completion of the Unified Messaging/Voice Mail Replacement project, OIT is now launching a long-term project to implement an updated phone system. The objective of the Phone Replacement Project is to replace the current campus telephone system (PBX), which has been in service for over 20 years.  Continue reading

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The 2016 OIT Progress Report is Now Available

2016 OIT Progress Report Cover

The 2016 Progress Report for the Office of Information Technology is now available.
To view the report, please visit sites.smu.edu/oit/pr2016 or click the link below.

View Report

PDF and ePub versions are available on our website at
www.smu.edu/OIT/StayInformed.

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Canvas Corner: January 2017

Canvas CornerEvery month in Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas.
This month, we cover new WalkMe guides, how students can see their attendance, notifications
updates, and expanding quiz questions.

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Become a Box Power User with Keyboard Shortcuts

Box@SMU Tips & TricksBox has lots of great features, like sharing, Box Notes, and Desktop Syncing, but did you know you could also use keyboard shortcuts with Box? Try using these keyboard shortcuts to improve your productivity while using Box@SMU. Find out “how to be a power user” with these keyboard shortcuts after the jump. Continue reading

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Lynda Birthday Bash on January 24th

Happy Birthday Lynda Weinman

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

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Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on January 19.

SMU Buildings and Roads has circulated a notice that electrical service will be shut off to several campus buildings as a part of campus construction activities. The shutdown will begin on Thursday, January 19 starting approximately at 7 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 90 minutes. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off. Continue reading

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