OIT Technology News

IT Connect Highlights: Back to School Edition 2019

In this edition of IT Connect Highlights, we shine the light on articles you may have missed over the summer. Today, we showcase classroom improvements, new online and in-person training opportunities, plus much more.

Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes Online Resources

Earlier this year, IT Training collaborated with the Registrar’s office to ensure that all employees who are responsible for managing their academic scheduling had access to just-in-time training for Course Catalog and Schedule of Classes.

Adobe Creative Cloud Applications Now Require Sign In

If you launch any of the Adobe products from a shared computer for the first time, you’ll most likely encounter an error.  Don’t panic– it’s a very easy fix!

Foundations Course New Foundations for Career Development Online Course Available

The Hegi Career Center and IT Training have partnered to create the Foundations for Career Development, a course that provides the foundation for success in a student’s search for employment.

Annual Bulk Email List Refresh

The yearly Lyris Bulk email list refresh for graduate and undergraduate students was processed on August 23, 2019. This year, the refresh included email addresses for staff.

OIT Software Solutions Cheat Sheet

We have created a cheat sheet of popular tools and software with their SMU equivalent. We also have a service catalog page showcasing the vast array of computing and technology services available.

Using Classroom Equipment New Classroom Equipment Includes HD Lecture Capture Technology

Over the past few months, some classrooms have received special new equipment, including long-lasting laser projectors, upgraded lectern PCs with quick solid-state storage, and even high-definition lecture recording systems.

Academic Technologies Offers New Training This Fall

This fall, Academic Technology Services will be offering several sessions on using Canvas LMS, an introduction to Microsoft Teams, helpful tips on using academic tools, and even an open lab.

New In-Person IT Training Available This Fall

This fall, we are offering several in-person training courses for SMU students, faculty, and staff; including courses on Sitecore, Microsoft Teams, Adobe InDesign, and Adobe Spark.

MOS Certifications Now a Service From OIT

The Microsoft Office certification program is now a permanent service offered by OIT. The MOS program serves as a student outreach and professional development opportunity for faculty and staff to engage in industry-standard certifications.

ImageNow Upgrade Sets Stage for Better Document Management

OIT recently upgraded ImageNow to bring this crucial service to the cutting edge of document management.

Microsoft Teams is now available.

Just a reminder, SMU faculty, staff, and students now have access to Microsoft’s cloud-based team collaboration platform – Microsoft Teams. Use MS Teams to keep all your department or group’s chats, meetings, files, and apps together in one place.

Canvas Corner

This month in Canvas Corner, we cover the new image search, updates to Canvas Conferences, quizzes.next has a new name and new features, plus much more.

SMU Instructional Technology Spreads Digital Tools in Asia

Dr. Jennifer Culver discusses a recent trip to the Phillippines where she was able to share her passion for technology use within the classroom.

IT Training Represents SMU at CERTIFIED Conference

Laurene Klassen, Manager of IT Training and Communication, recently returned from the CERTIFIED conference in Orlando, Florida where she was invited to share SMU’s certification success story.

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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 ianaberle.com.