Keep Working: Online Meeting Etiquette

This is part three of our “Working from Home Essentials” series, transcribed from the “Working from Home Essentials” webinar hosted in March 2020.

In this post, let us talk about online meeting etiquette because it is always a fun one. There are a ton of memes and very funny videos about online conference calls and some of the behaviors that you may observe. We will take a moment and look at a few online etiquette, or netiquette, tips because it is a little bit different meeting online than in-person.

Rachel Mulry on Zoom MeetingOur first one is to be mindful of our video feed. I usually turn on my webcam because I think it is essential to make that connection, but you will want to be cognizant of how you dress. I know if we are working from home, we might be a little bit more Continue reading Keep Working: Online Meeting Etiquette

Adobe Hosts Virtual Creative Jam for Self-Quarantined Students

Some of us might be feeling a little cooped up these days and you might be looking for a creative outlet. Now that SMU students have been provisioned with temporary Creative Cloud licenses until May 31, 2020, it is time to do something creative and win some swag!

College + Nickelodeon Creative Jam LIVE with Adobe XDNickelodeon and Adobe have teamed up to create a virtual Creative Jam for college students across the nation to compete in a beginner-friendly project challenge. Students teams, of two or more, will have an opportunity to Continue reading Adobe Hosts Virtual Creative Jam for Self-Quarantined Students

Keep Working: Tips for Telecommuting

This is part two of our “Working from Home Essentials” series, transcribed from the “Working from Home Essentials” webinar hosted in March 2020.

I thought in this post that we would cover a few tips for telecommuting since this is a new world for many of you. I was fortunate to have done telecommuting a long time ago back in 2001 – before iPads and smartphones – so, I thought I would give you a few tips as you navigate the world of remote work.  Continue reading Keep Working: Tips for Telecommuting

Phone Replacement Project Update: April 2020

Phone iconAs you are probably well aware, the last few weeks on campus have been active as we shifted our focus to telecommuting support, which is critical to University operations at this time. In the span of two weeks, we were able to transition a total of 27 individuals from Enrollment Services, Facilities, IT Help Desk, and SMU Operators to our new call center. Without a quick implementation, these areas would not have been able to work remotely.

Our other critical step in our phone project, the replacement of older PBX phones to the newer AudioCodes VoIP phones, had to be put on hold. Since the University has moved to only essential personnel on campus, we have paused deployments of new phones through April 3, 2020. Continue reading Phone Replacement Project Update: April 2020

Managing Your Finances with LinkedIn Learning

FinancesNorthwestern Mutual’s 2018 Planning & Progress Study found money to be the highest rated cause of stress among Americans. Luckily, SMU students might be able to reduce their financial stress with short video courses on money management from LinkedIn Learning.

LinkedIn Learning is a Continue reading Managing Your Finances with LinkedIn Learning