Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on July 21, 2017

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on July 21, 2017SMU 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 Friday, July 21, 2017, starting approximately at 07 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 July 21, 2017

Canvas Corner: July 2017 Edition

Every month in Canvas Corner, we discuss the new features and enhancements available in Canvas.Canvas Corner
This month, we cover duplicating assignments and pages, new font sizes, Inviting Observers to Conferences, and WalkMe guides.

Canvas Updates

Duplicating Assignments

You can duplicate any assignments from the Assignments index page. To copy one of your assignments, click on the Settings menu drop down and select Duplicate. The name of the assignment will automatically be appended with the word “Copy.”

A picture that shows the gear icon menu with the option "duplicate" highlighted

By default, the duplicated assignment are unpublished. All items in the assignment are duplicated including the name, description, point value, and options, except for the following situations:

  • Copied peer review assignments retain the peer review setting and Assign Review date, but the number of reviews per user will be set to zero.
  • Copied assignments are always assigned to everyone in the course; differentiated assignments are not retained for individual users, groups, or sections.
    • If a differentiated assignment includes an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment retains the Everyone Else due date, if any.
    • If a differentiated assignment does not include an “Everyone Else” date, the copied assignment does not include a due date.
    • Copied external tool (LTI) assignments may need to be reconfigured.

Please Note: Canvas assignments cannot be duplicated for discussions and quizzes and do not feature a Duplicate option in the Settings menu. Instructure plans to add this feature in a future release.

Pages Duplication

Just like Assignments, Pages can now be duplicated in the Pages index page. To copy one of your assignments, click on the Settings menu drop down and select Duplicate. Like duplicated assignments, the name of the assignment will automatically be appended with the word “Copy.”

A picture that shows the gear icon menu with the option "duplicate" highlighted

By default, the duplicated page will be unpublished. All items in the page are duplicated including the page name, content, and options.

If a page is used in MasteryPaths, the MasteryPaths setting is also enabled in the copied page. Additionally, any MasteryPaths page also displays in the Assignments index page.

Canvas Font Size Update

The base font size in Canvas has been increased from 14 pixels to 16 pixels. By making the base font size larger, Instructure is improving accessibility and text legibility. Also, all other font sizes have been increased accordingly.

Please note: Some Canvas areas using multiple text components may still display smaller font sizes. Instructure designers are still adjusting CSS for these areas and will update them in future releases.

Inviting Observers to Conferences

Observers can be invited to participate in course conferences with all course members or individually. In the Conferences creation page, the Invite All Course Members default includes observer enrollments. Observers can be individually added or removed from a conference invitation by deselecting the checkbox.

WalkMe Guides

WalkMe LogoWe recently added some new WalkMe guides to Canvas. WalkMe provides real-time guidance that is easy to follow by providing on-screen, step-by-step guidance that you can utilize to complete any task successfully. To access a WalkMe guide, simply click on the Canvas WalkThru menu and type in a question or task, then follow along as WalkMe shows you where to click, what settings to choose, and explains the options.

Here are some new WalkMe guides we’ve added to Canvas:

  • How to view course analytics
  • How to view the course access report for a student
  • How to auto-open an inline preview of a document
  • How to duplicate an assignment
  • How to duplicate a page

Phishing Alert: HSA Important Message Email

Phishing AlertSMU Human Resources has circulated a notice that several SMU employees were targets of a phishing campaign masquerading as the managing services for the University’s Health Savings Account (HSA). Unfortunately, the phishing incident occurred shortly before BenefitWallet sent legitimate direct emails about the member portal upgrade to SMU employees enrolled in an HSA.

Details from the original BenefitsU notice from HR is below: Continue reading Phishing Alert: HSA Important Message Email

AARO Parents: Get Connected with OIT!

If you are a parent who is with their new mustang during AARO (first-year orientation), OIT would like to let you know that we are here to serve you as well as your student!

Get Online

SMU WirelessFor internet connectivity during your time on campus, connect to the SMU_Guest network. Once you connect, you will be directed to a login screen where you will find a link to create an account using an e-mail address or phone number. After registration, check your e-mail or text messages for your new password. Your student is encouraged to use the PerunaNet wireless network once they set up their SMU account password.

Come Visit Us at AARO!

If you have a spare moment in-between tours and seminars, we invite you to stop by the IT Help Desk to say hello. We are located in Fondren Library West just behind Starbucks. Our Help Desk consultants will be happy to provide information and answer any IT questions you may have. Also, OIT has a booth at the AARO Resource Expo in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center, so stop by there as well for information and goodies!

We want to make sure your time as an SMU parent is a great one. This includes getting your student’s Smart TV set up to making sure your parent account for my.SMU works properly. Do not hesitate to contact us with any questions at 214-768-4357 or help@smu.edu. Welcome to the Hilltop!

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on July 15, 2017

Buildings impacted by Shutdown on May 24, 2017.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 Saturday, July 15, 2017, starting approximately at 11:45 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 July 15, 2017

Congratulations to the winners of our I ❤️ Lynda Contest

I ❤️Lynda butttonsAfter using the very trusted method of deciding winning entries (by pulling the names out of a hat), the following Lynda users were selected as a winner in our first I ❤️ Lynda Contest. Congratulations to Adria Richmond, James Kares, and Katie Nickles. Each of the winners received a $10 Starbucks gift card and a new I ❤️ Lynda button.
Continue reading Congratulations to the winners of our I ❤️ Lynda Contest

The New my.SMU Makes Subscription Management Easier

Students, you have enough on your plate during your time here at SMU. On top of all of the lectures and projects; sifting through loads of e-mails is never an exciting event. A few years ago we introduced a new and simpler way to manage your e-mail subscriptions from SMU organizations. The new upgrade to my.SMU makes using this service even easier than before!

Student Email SubscriptionsWant to get your inbox under control? Just log into my.SMU and click on Student Email Subscriptions on your Student Homepage. You will immediately be logged into the bulk list management system to manage your subscriptions. Once you’ve selected the mailing lists you like to subscribe or unsubscribe to, remember to click Submit Your Changes.

Mandatory E-mails

Remember that you will always receive important information that pertains to safety, health or vital information for the campus community in your inbox. You cannot unsubscribe from these messages.

Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on July 2 and July 5, 2017

SMU buildings impacted by shutdown on July 02 2017SMU 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 Sunday, July 2, 2017, starting approximately at 11 p.m. and is expected to be completed by 6 a.m. This effort will be continued on Wednesday, July 5, 2017, starting at 11 p.m. and, again, ending at 6 a.m. the following morning. Offices in these buildings should remember to shut down computers and printers before the electrical service being shut off. Continue reading Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on July 2 and July 5, 2017

Protecting yourself from Petya with CrashPlan

Hackers don’t take off for summer vacation.

Ransomware warningJust weeks after the WannaCry cyberattacks, a new ransomware outbreak called Petya is spreading across the globe. By this afternoon, it has already hit at least six countries and disabled business units. The malware is being delivered through emails disguised as business correspondence. 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. Continue reading Protecting yourself from Petya with CrashPlan

Kaltura to Replace Vimeo for Video Hosting

Embedded Vimeo videoFor the past several years, OIT has been using Vimeo as a host for SMU academic-related videos that would not be suitable for SMU’s YouTube channel. Recently, Vimeo has made a change to its service that will limit the number of email addresses that can access an account. This policy has already been implemented in the Basic and Plus accounts and will be implemented soon in the PRO, which we are currently subscribed, and Business accounts. Starting July 5, 2017, we will limit access to the SMU Vimeo account and move the service into an archive-only mode. Continue reading Kaltura to Replace Vimeo for Video Hosting