Summer Learning Opportunities: Certifications, Career Development, and more!

Now that the Spring 2020 semester is behind us, and with many of us still taking precautions in the fight against COVID-19, you may be wondering how to pass the time and learn new skills during the summer months. We’d like to present you with a few options to take advantage of during your downtime.

Microsoft Office Specialist Certifications

Get Certified (Featured Image)During this unprecedented time, Certiport, SMU’s Microsoft certification vendor, is now offering a limited number of Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications online! Though practice exams are not required to take the certification test they are highly recommended as they will provide you with a simulation of the testing experience. While we are very happy to have this new option for you, space is minimal, so register quickly! OIT will still provide you with practice exams and a free exam voucher, just like in the past. Visit, to request access to a GMetrix practice exam.

Foundations of Career Development Course

The logo for the SMU Hegi Family Career Development CenterThe Hegi Family Career Development Center (Hegi CDC) will offer its Foundations of Career Development Online Course this summer beginning Monday, June 1, 2020. The course, conceptualized by Crystal Clayton, Executive Director of SMU’s Hegi Family Career Development Center, was created through a partnership between the Hegi CDC and IT Training & Communications. Foundations of Career Development is an entirely online course that provides job search training and covers the basics of career development. Topics covered in the course include job search techniques, resume building, improving your interviewing skills, networking, researching your desired career or industry, and more. Students can complete the course at their own pace and gain experience with industry-standard online training via LinkedIn Learning. Upon completion, students receive a professional development credential to include on their resume and post to their LinkedIn profile.

Career Development registration information

Registration opens on Friday, May 15, and runs through Friday, June 12, 2020. The first day of course availability is Monday, June 1, 2020. The Foundations of Career Development Online Course concludes on Tuesday, August 14, 2020.

To register, please visit

LinkedIn Learning Resources

As always, students have full access to LinkedIn Learning, providing thousands of hours of online training for all kinds of software and professional skills. To access content, visit You can even install the LinkedIn Learning app on your smartphone or tablet to download courses and take them on the go! Here are a few courses and learning paths to get you started:

Learning Zoom

Stay connected with Zoom meetings from Learning Zoom by Garrick Chow

Collaborate more seamlessly using Zoom, the popular video conferencing tool. In this course, staff instructor Garrick Chow shows how to schedule, moderate, and participate in Zoom meetings.

Microsoft Teams Quick Tips

Stay sharp in Microsoft Teams with quick tips from Microsoft Teams Quick Tips by Nick Brazzi

Microsoft Teams, the communication and teamwork hub of Office 365, was designed to help enterprise users meet, connect, and share their knowledge with others. In this course, instructor Nick Brazzi shares a series of concise tips that help Teams users sharpen their skills and leverage all that this communication tool has to offer.

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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.