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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OIT Newsletter: End of the Year Edition 2016

OIT Technology News

The STAR Students return, Wi-Fi Tips & Tricks, Canvas Boot Camp, and Lynda’s Birthday Bash are just a few of the items highlighted this month.
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SharePoint Migration Enters Final Weeks

SharePoint Online MigrationThe migration from our on-premise SharePoint (Inside.SMU) to the cloud-based SharePoint Online will be completed in the next few weeks. The majority of remaining site migrations will happen at departmental levels before the Winter Break. The final two, and largest, departments moved to the cloud after the break in January. The scheduled dates for transitioning the remaining sites are as follows: Continue reading

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Be a Wi-Fi Wizard with These Tips and Tricks

SMU WirelessOver the past several years, we have become more and more reliant on Wi-Fi for our phones, tablets, and laptops. Still, many of us still don’t know what to do to get the best signal for our device. I talked with Brad Floyd, one of OIT’s senior network specialists, about some things we can do as consumers to improve our Wi-Fi experience. Continue reading

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A-LEC and OIT Team Up for Student Workshops

Excel@Excel Training in the A-LEC

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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

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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.

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Help Desk Holiday Hours

OITBeginning December 15th, the IT Help Desk will move to Winter scheduling for hours. Our weekday hours will be 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. The IT Help Desk will also be closed on weekends until the Spring semester.

During the period from December 23rd to January 2nd, we will be closed for the Winter Break. During this time, the IT Help Desk voicemail will still be available for emergency IT issues.

The IT Help Desk will resume normal hours on January 23 in time for the first day of classes.

If you have any questions about these times or hours, please contact the IT Help Desk at 214-768-HELP.

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Sitecore Surveys lead to New Sessions in the New Year

SitecoreOver the past two months, OIT has been busily collecting data to help us understand what is working, what needs improvement, and what kind of opportunities are possible with SMU’s web presence. We are taking a lot of different data sources to get the most comprehensive picture possible. Here are a few examples: Continue reading

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OIT Wraps Up Projects in time for Winter

OITOIT has completed several project initiatives over the past few months. We appreciate the continued partnership and support of the campus community during these implementations. We’d like to share a few examples of the changes and innovations that have taken place thanks to your ideas and cooperation. Continue reading

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STAR Students Available for Instructional Technology Projects

SMU STAR ProgramThe Student Technology Assistant in Residence (STAR) Program is available to work with faculty and academic departments on short-term instructional technology projects. STAR students handle the technical stuff, allowing you to focus on the content. Michael Robertson, Academic Technology Services Director for Dedman College, manages the STAR Program. There are currently three STAR students with plans to add two additional students in the spring. Continue reading

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