IT Training

Available IT Training for Summer 2019

Summer is here, which means classes, camps, and gearing up for the fall semester. OIT is providing several opportunities to rejuvenate your technical skills with training and certification!

Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications Continue

Just because it’s summer doesn’t mean we’re taking a load off! We will continue to offer testing sessions for obtaining Microsoft Office Specialist certifications until the beginning of August. You can visit for more details on getting your study and practice materials!

We are having an informational webinar to show you more details on the certification program on June 12 at 10 a.m. Register at

Need a quiet space to study for your cert? Reserve one!

If you want a place to concentrate on your studies outside of the office, we are offering the computer lab in Fondren Library East 109 every Friday through August 8. All computers in this room are equipped with the GMetrix practice software. Reservations are required. Sign up at


Summer IT Training Sessions

We have some classes lined up this summer for services that can help you collaborate with your colleagues and liven up your presentations. Here’s what we have scheduled:

Wiki.SMU: An Introduction

Wiki.SMU is a great way to store documentation and collaborate with others in an easy-to-use cloud-based system. This course will show you the basics of the wiki interface, useful macros, popular uses, and more. Register now at

Sparking Your Social Media

Find out how to use Adobe Spark to create graphics and video for social media. In this 90-minute course, you will see how Spark can help you to quickly create social content by simply picking a photo, adding text, and applying design filters using this online tool. We will even create a short video that can be shared on Facebook or Instagram. See how easy it is to add photos, video clips, icons, or your own voice to create engaging videos. Register now at

LinkedIn Learning

As always, LinkedIn Learning offers free, world-class training 24 hours a day. Whether you want to brush up on your Photoshop skills or learn how to become a better public speaker or programmer, LinkedIn Learning has the courses for you! All students, faculty, and benefits-eligible staff can access this amazing content at no cost. Visit

Have any questions about our upcoming sessions or getting MOS certified? Drop us a line at

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Ian Aberle

Ian Aberle is the IT Communications Specialist and Trainer for the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at Southern Methodist University (SMU). He started at SMU in 1996 and, for much of his career at the University, had managed the SMU STAR Program before joining the Training & Communications Team in 2015. In his free time, Ian enjoys photography and road trips with his family. You can see examples of when the two collide at