Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

ZoomYou may already know that Zoom is an excellent way to conduct online meetings and webinars, but did you also know that it can also be an easy tool for quickly recording your screen and audio? All you need is the Zoom Meetings Client and a microphone! This comes in handy if you need to make a quick instructional video or visually document an issue or process. Continue reading Using Zoom to Create Quick and Easy Screen Recordings

A-LEC/OIT Learning Workshops Return for Fall!

We are excited to announce this semester’s student workshops at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC)! Along with the A-LEC’s stellar lineup of learning strategy workshops, OIT also joins in with classes on Lynda.com, note-taking, and Excel. Here’s a quick rundown of the classes we will present this semester: Continue reading A-LEC/OIT Learning Workshops Return for Fall!

InstructureCon Reveals Upcoming Features in Canvas

Instructurecon LogoLast month, instructional designers from around the world descended on Keystone, Colorado for the annual InstructureCon. This convention is hosted by Instructure, the makers of the Canvas LMS, to announce upcoming features as well as allow educators to discuss innovative ways of using Canvas. SMU’s own Canvas administrators paid a visit to the Rockies to find out more about what Canvas has up their sleeve, and they weren’t disappointed! Continue reading InstructureCon Reveals Upcoming Features in Canvas

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

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on August 17, 2017

Buildings impacted by shutdownSMU 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, August 17, 2017, starting approximately at 8 p.m. and is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off.

The original notice from SMU Buildings and Roads is below: Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on August 17, 2017

Single Sign-On Page Gets Facelift

Single Sign-OnYou’ve seen the page. You log in to my.SMU or Canvas and are greeted by the Single Sign-On page requesting your SMU ID and Password. This week, that page will be updated with a new mobile friendly look and feel. No functional changes will be made so it will work just as you expect. Both the regular Single Sign-On page and the Duo Authentication pages will be updated on the morning of Thursday, August 17, 2017.

You can see samples of the new pages below. Continue reading Single Sign-On Page Gets Facelift

New Account Request Forms Launched to Improve Onboarding

Email, Box, Sharepoint, my.SMU, Network drives… these are just a sampling of the IT services provided to SMU community.

New Employee Account Request FormsAlthough many of these services are automatically provisioned for faculty, staff, and students, several are assigned by request only. These requests are generated by forms on help.smu.edu which are then processed by a number of teams within OIT as well as departments outside of OIT. The complexity of the process along with the length of time to complete these requests has been a source of frustration for many on campus. Therefore, an Operational Excellence initiative was launched to streamline and shorten the process to assign employee permissions to the various services required to do their job. Continue reading New Account Request Forms Launched to Improve Onboarding

OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

SitecoreSMU’s main website holds around 45,000 web pages, and each one of those pages runs on our Content Management System known as Sitecore. If you have editing privileges on any of SMU’s web pages, you may already know the basics of how Sitecore works, but you also realize how complex and intimidating the system can sometimes be.

If you ever have any problems with Sitecore or are just curious about learning more about what it can do, we have plenty of resources to assist you. Continue reading OIT Resources for Your Sitecore Needs

Ethernet Switches: The Other Campus Networking

Here we are! The new semester is almost here, and you’re gearing up for move-in. You have all of your furniture, your decor, those hand-me-down bath towels that mom wouldn’t let you leave the house without, and anything else you might need, right?

Ethernet Jack and CableOn second thought, you remember hearing at AARO that there is one Ethernet port per bed in each residential commons. You also remember that not only do you have a PlayStation to connect, but also your Amazon Fire TV and your desktop computer. Sure, you could connect some of these devices to the PerunaNet wireless network, but you want the absurdly fast performance that only a wired connection can provide. Continue reading Ethernet Switches: The Other Campus Networking