New Year, New Skills! Spring 2019 IT Training Schedule

Ready to learn a new technical skill this year? There’s no better time to start than now, with Spring 2019 packed with OIT training courses for all kinds of software and services!

Tech Tip Tuesdays

For three Tuesdays (and one Wednesday) in January, we will be presenting 30-minute webinars with quick and easy tips on how to utilize popular tools available to you at SMU.

Microsoft Outlook for Windows

Part 1, January 15, 10 a.m.: Learners will become familiar with common functions within Microsoft Outlook along with non-technical habits that can minimize administrative overhead in their everyday work.
Part 2, Wednesday, January 16, 10 a.m.: This course includes more advanced functions within Microsoft Outlook that can reduce manual e-mail management tasks and improve organization of large mailboxes.

Getting Started with Lyris

January 22, 10 a.m.: Find out how to take advantage of the Lyris ListManager,, for your campus communications and email marketing. We discuss setting up a list, importing new members, creating personalized email content, and more.

Canvas Tips

January 29, 10 a.m.: Frequently work within Canvas courses? Find out handy tips and tricks from the Canvas administrators themselves in this quick showcase.

In-Person Training

As always, OIT offers a selection of in-person courses each semester for commonly used software and services. Here’s what’s on offer for the spring! Register at

February 12 Adobe Acrobat Basics
February 27 Empowering Your Teams with LinkedIn Learning
March 5 Sitecore Basics for Content Editors
March 19 Working with Box: Cloud Storage Made Easy
March 20 DocuSign: Using Digital Signatures
April 16 An Introduction to Wiki.SMU
April 22 Advanced Sitecore
April 30 Adobe Acrobat Accessibility
May 7 Working with Pivot Tables & Formulas in Excel
May 17 DocuSign: Using Digital Signatures

Training Anytime: LinkedIn Learning

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After many years of helping people around the world with technical skills and professional development, Lynda is taking a well-earned retirement! is now LinkedIn Learning, with all of the high-quality content you’ve come to expect coupled with the social networking features of LinkedIn.

All students, faculty, and staff have full access to LinkedIn Learning beginning Friday, January 11, 2019, so visit to give it a try!

If you have any concerns about connecting your LinkedIn profile, if SMU will have access to view your LinkedIn activity, or bringing your history from, please see the FAQs about the LinkedIn Learning Upgrade.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the IT Help Desk at 214.768.HELP (4357) or visit the LinkedIn Learning Help Center.

Watch and Win with LinkedIn Learning

Our Watch and Win with LinkedIn Learning Contest will run from January 14, 2019, to February 14, 2019. To enter just watch at least one LinkedIn Learning video for a chance to win an Apple TV 4K and other cool LinkedIn items.

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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.