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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Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on January 16.

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 Monday, January 16 starting approximately at 10 a.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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Faculty and Staff Email Upgrade to Exchange 2016

OIT is currently upgrading on our campus email servers to the latest version of Microsoft Exchange.  Most of the changes will occur behind the scenes and should have a very little noticeable impact to faculty and staff email service.  Faculty and staff will, however, notice a difference when utilizing the web client available at webmail.smu.edu.  In addition, the latest version promises to improve the voicemail transcription component offering a more accurate text translation of your voicemail messages. Continue reading

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Electrical Service Shutdown to Impact Networking on January 6.

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 January 6 starting approximately at 6 p.m. and is expected to last approximately 6 hours. 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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Sitecore Clinic Coming in January

Sitecore ClinicOn  Wednesday, January 11 from 2 PM – 4 PM,  we will be hosting our first Sitecore Clinic in the Fondren Library East 110 Classroom. We will have a team of specialists to help you with your Sitecore needs.

Get one-on-one support to help you with your Sitecore issues. Anyone with questions about Sitecore or who just wants to learn more about it are welcome to attend.  From a simple question about creating a new page to a more complex one using forms, we are here to help.

OIT Sitecore Clinic

Wednesday, January 11, 2017
2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Fondren Library East 110 Classroom

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Browser Plugin Alert: OneClass Extension Behaves Like Malware

OneClassAt OIT we always recommend that you be careful when installing extensions and plugins for your web browser. This morning we received a warning from our friends at Canvas to let us know about a new Chrome extension, OneClass, that behaves suspiciously. Here’s what they had to say:

The “OneClass” Chrome extension behaves like malware. It can affect users of several LMSs, including Canvas. OneClass is not affiliated with Instructure [Canvas] in any way.

When a user installs the OneClass Chrome extension, it asks for permission to “read and change all your data on websites you visit.” If a user grants this permission, the plugin places a button in the user’s LMS (Canvas or other) labeled “Invite your classmates to OneClass.” If the user clicks this button, OneClass sends messages to all of the other users enrolled in the course via the LMS’s messaging system (for Canvas, that’s Conversations).

Instructure, the parent company of Canvas, recommends that you do not install this OneClass plugin. If you ever see something suspicious in your web browser or have a question regarding browser add-ons, let the IT Help Desk know at help@smu.edu or 214-768-4357.

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Register Now for Lynda Learning Day on January 12

Happy Birthday Lynda Weinman

We’re celebrating the birthday of Lynda Weinman, founder of lynda.com, all month long – Starting with Lynda Learning Day on January 12, 2016.

Next month, the IT Training Team is promoting professional development available to faculty and staff through our learning partner lynda.com and the lyndaCampus service. LyndaCampus provides faculty, staff, and students with free access to thousands of online tutorials, exercise files, and short inspirational documentaries on a broad range of topics that you can use both personally and professionally. This is such a great benefit to the SMU community and we want you to join us on the learning bandwagon!

Join us on January 12th as we invite you to learn about the many courses lynda.com has to offer. Click the session time below to register.

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Canvas Training Sessions: Build the Perfect Course for Spring!

CanvasThe days and weeks leading up to the spring semester aren’t always restful for a faculty member. They’re usually spent working on the next class! Building up your course materials is no easy feat, and adding online course content can make things even more hectic.

To make things easier, OIT’s Academic Technology and IT Training teams are providing additional Canvas training sessions again for the new semester. These courses focus on the basics of the most commonly used features in Canvas. These classes will take place in Fondren Library East classroom 109 in the newly renovated Prothro Learning Commons. Continue reading

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Canvas Corner: WalkMe Guides, Responds LockDown, & Mastery Paths

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. Continue reading

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