Lynda Helps Staff Sharpen Skills

lynda.comIt’s been almost a year since SMU began offering’s full library of learning courses to students, faculty, and staff. In that year, over 1,200 people have taken advantage of this enormous benefit to the campus. One of the largest groups that have taken courses through has been staff members. We’ve touched base with a few of our colleagues across the University to see what they’ve thought about their experiences with

Laura FiguraLaura Figura, who has been with the Perkins School of Theology for three months, has utilized to bolster her skills in Microsoft Office.

“I realized that there were many features in [Office] that I hadn’t ever used,” Laura said about the Word, Excel, and Access courses. She also enjoyed the convenience of accessing the courses at any time and from any location. She hopes others on campus begin using Lynda and starts discovering all it has to offer! In fact, when we asked Laura what she thought of the service she told us, “It can become quite addictive!

Dianna ZaragozaDianna Zaragoza with Development & External Affairs learned about through our President’s Picnic promotions this May. She decided to tackle the Programming Basics courses, which she found extremely helpful for someone not familiar with programming before. Dianna is also learning about web development and Microsoft SharePoint. She’s even looked at courses on how to publish a book she’s working on! Dianna’s experience is an excellent example of the breadth of knowledge that is readily available to you.

If you want to get started, go to, click on the Login button, and log in with your SMU ID and password. You’ll immediately start finding courses on a variety of topics for all skill levels. You can also install the apps on your mobile devices to watch courses on the go.

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Zach Peterson

Zach is a Senior IT Training & Communications Consultant with OIT. Zach began his SMU career at the IT Help Desk in 2012 and joined the Training & Communications Team in 2015. He is a 2011 graduate from the University of North Texas and obtained a Master of Liberal Studies degree from SMU in 2018. He enjoys reading and collecting vintage and antique radio sets. He grew up in Valley View, Texas near Denton.