SMU Pilots Gradescope To Add Testing/Grading Features to Canvas

GradescopeSoon, SMU is launching a pilot to provide testing/grading features to Canvas that it doesn’t have natively. This Canvas-integrated cloud system called Gradescope, we will be fully enabled within Canvas. OIT is hosting an interactive training session next Wednesday to help faculty get started. The Gradescope tool is especially valuable for disciplines that rely on submitting equations, programming codes, and the like. Continue reading SMU Pilots Gradescope To Add Testing/Grading Features to Canvas

Adobe Education Announces Events for Summer

Adobe LogoWith summer in full force, Adobe is offering several opportunities for students and faculty to grow creatively. SMU students have the opportunity to join a new Creative Jam with Ring and could win some swag, including a 30-minute coaching session with a Ring team member. There is also a live panel discussion on achieving, creating, and leading through education. Last but not least, the global Adobe for Education Summit will help faculty with skills for digital literacy and empower the student learning experience. Continue reading Adobe Education Announces Events for Summer

Microsoft Office Certifications Add Valuable Benefits to CCPA Course

Piyawan (Pui) Charoensap-Kelly, PhD
Dr. Piyawan (Pui) Charoensap-Kelly

Last summer, I had the opportunity to meet with Dr.  Piyawan Charoensap-Kelly, also known as Dr. Kelly, assistant professor of organizational communication for Meadows’ Corporate Communication and Public Affairs division.

We met to discuss onboarding Dr. Kelly’s students of CCPA 3360: Business and Professional Communication to the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification program. Dr. Kelly explained that this course examines both written and oral communications and also focuses on professional development. In our discussion, she mentioned that she was interested in having her students pursue both the Microsoft Word and PowerPoint certifications, which would complement designated learning outcomes.

This semester, Dr. Kelly reached out to me to earn her own certifications alongside her students. I took a moment to follow up and see how things went both for her and her class. Continue reading Microsoft Office Certifications Add Valuable Benefits to CCPA Course

Science Says Your Brain Needs Breaks… To Nobody’s Surprise

Probably not a surprise to anyone doing back-to-back meetings of late, research has proved your brain needs breaks.

This research overseen by Microsoft’s Human Factors Engineering group is well worth the read. Still, if you don’t have time to take a break and read it, the main takeaway is that breaks are essential to make the transitions between meetings less stressful for employees. It doesn’t take much, even five minutes, for them to reset. Continue reading Science Says Your Brain Needs Breaks… To Nobody’s Surprise

Get an Introduction to ManeFrame II 

HPCDid you know that ManeFrame II (M2) is available to faculty, staff, and students of SMU? If you haven’t used M2 before, the summer is a great time to learn how to take advantage of high-performance computing in your studies or academics.  In January, Rob Kalescky and Eric Godat recorded an excellent session for the Instructional Technology Workshops on “Using ManeFrame II for Research and Teaching.”

Watch the video below and find out more about using the SMU’s ManeFrame II. Continue reading Get an Introduction to ManeFrame II