IT Training Announces New Courses for Spring 2017

IT TrainingOIT will be offering over dozen instructor-led workshops and webinars this semester. New IT Training courses include Adobe Acrobat Essentials, Mastering Digital Notetaking with OneNote, and Using Powerpoint & Sway. Another new addition is the Sitecore Office Hours. Sitecore users can come by and get one-on-one assistance with their questions regarding the web content editor.

All workshops will be held in Fondren Library East, Room 109 unless otherwise indicated.

Adobe Acrobat Essentials

Adobe Acrobat is installed on almost every computer on campus, and you probably use it to view PDF files every day. Have you ever wanted to know more about what Acrobat can do? In this one-hour hands-on course, you’ll learn more about creating PDF files, editing and formatting files, publication methods, and the basics of creating your own online forms. We will also cover why PDFs are a useful file format and different use cases for them.
(60 minutes)
Friday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.


Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.



Appspace logoAppspace for Designers

This course is for users who are fa.m.iliar with the Appspace digital signs on campus. In this webinar, we cover using widgets, using multiple media zones, scheduling content, and sharing content between multiple signs.
(90 minutes)

Webinar: Thursday, February, 23, 2:00 p.m.



BoxIn this 30 minute webinar, you’ll learn how to log into SMU’s Box cloud storage service as well as how to manage your files. We’ll also show you tips on how to collaborate and share documents to make easier.
(30 min)

Webinar: Monday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.


Mastering Digital Notetaking with OneNote

Bring your notes into the digital realm using Microsoft OneNote! Included within Microsoft Office, OneNote enables you to make your notes more organized, effective, and searchable. This training session helps you with getting started in OneNote by creating notebooks, formatting information, searching for content, and of course taking notes. You’ll also learn about OneNote’s cloud capabilities using OneDrive and mobile apps so you will always have your notes handy.
(60 minutes)

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.



Intro to Excel

Are you new to Excel, or do you use it rarely? This foundational course will introduce you to the basics of Excel. We’ll explore the ins-and-outs of workbook management including data entry and shortcut tips. You’ll also get up to speed with the 5 basic Excel Functions (sum, average, count, max, and min) and learn how to create simple bar and pie charts.
(60 minutes)

Friday, February 24, 10:30 a.m.


Exploring Excel Functions & Pivot Tables

Do you have the basics of Excel but want to dive a little deeper? Join us as we explore more advanced functions including using functions for formatting text, IF logic, and H and VLOOKUP functions. You’ll learn tips and tricks when working with tables, and gain hands-on experience with Pivot Tables and Charts.
(2 hrs)

Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m.


Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.


PowerPoint & Sway

Enhancing Your Presentations through PowerPoint & Sway

Could your presentations use a little pizazz? Join us for this 1 hour webinar full of tips and tricks and practical guidelines for any PowerPoint presentation. We’ll also introduce you to Sway, Microsoft’s storytelling application. Learn how to access it and create quality presentations effortlessly.
(60 minutes)

Webinar: Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.



SitecoreSitecore for Content Editors

This basic hands-on training course for the is tailored for those on campus who may not be designing pages from the ground up, but who need to update, add, or remove information from web pages. Learn how to enter information, upload and insert images, links to other pages, and how to navigate the Sitecore interface. No prior experience in Sitecore is required.
(90 minutes)

Thursday, February 16, 9:30 a.m.


Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m.


Sitecore for Designers

Are you ready to take your web pages beyond the basics? Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System, does much of the work in creating your pages, but sometimes it needs a little wrangling to get it to shine. This session is for more advanced users of Sitecore. We will cover how to spice up those pages by editing the CSS and HTML. We will also look at using widgets to present content in different and interesting ways.
(90 minutes)

Thursday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.


Wednesday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.


Sitecore Office Hours

Have a Sitecore question?  Want hands-on Sitecore help with a page edit, widget, form, or graphics?

Drop in anytime or schedule an appointment for a guaranteed time slot.  We’re here to help.

March Schedule

Wednesday March 1 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 8 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 15 Closed for Spring Break
(appointments may be available)
Wednesday March 22 2 – 4 p.m.
Wednesday March 29 2 – 4 p.m.

Location: Fondren Library East 109 Classroom

Know Before You Go: If you’re brand new to Sitecore, or if it’s been a while, consider taking an introductory class so that we can better assist you.  In-person sessions and on-demand webinars are available.  Learn more about web publishing at SMU.

Sitecore Office Hours is a pilot program.  We will continue to offer drop-in sessions in the future on a to-be-determined basis.

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is an Adobe Creative Educator and the Senior IT Communications Specialist & Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT). For over 25 years, he has helped the SMU community use technology and implement digital and web media through multiple roles with the Digital Commons, SMU STAR Program, and now OIT. Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family in his free time.