IT Training Opportunities

The Fall 2021 Staff IT Training Schedule is Here!

Another academic year is upon us, and that also means we are continuing our in-person training sessions for the fall! Check out our latest offerings and sign up for whatever sparks your curiosity.

Note: In-person sessions may be converted to Zoom webinars in conjunction with SMU’s campus operational level. Registered attendees will be notified in the event of a change in the operational level that would require webinars.

Sitecore Basics for Content Editors

Sitecore LogoSeptember 16, 2021, 9:30 a.m.
Fondren Library East 109

Are you responsible for updating information on existing SMU web pages but don’t know where to start? This session covers the basics of creating a web page from scratch within the Sitecore Content Management System. You will also learn how to work with links, images, and formatting of existing pages along with info on working within widgets/features.

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Getting Started with Photoshop

Adobe PhotoshopOctober 14, 2021, 1 p.m.
Fondren Library East 109

In this class, we will cover the essential tools and techniques of using Adobe Photoshop. We will introduce you to the Photoshop work area and shows you how to open and save your images, zoom in and out, and undo mistakes. Plus, how to use layers for non-destructive editing.

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Adobe Acrobat Essentials

Adobe AcrobatOctober 19, 2021, 10 a.m.
Fondren Library East 109

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 two-hour hands-on course, you’ll learn more about creating PDF files, editing and formatting files, publication methods, and the basics on creating your own online forms. We will also cover why PDFs are a useful file format and different use cases for them.

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Developing Pivot Charts in Excel

Microsoft ExcelNovember 9, 2021, 10 a.m.
Fondren Library East 109

A pivot table allows you to assess large amounts of data rapidly and is easy to use. This workshop will teach you the basics of building your table and constructing a pivot chart. Learn how to display formula results without ever having to write and create formulas yourself!  
This 2-hour hands-on workshop will include exercises to teach the foundations of organizing and formatting your data, pivoting data to use in decision making, and displaying results through charts and dashboards. 

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Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Info Session for Staff

MOS Excel badgeOctober 28, 2021, 2 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

In this informational session, discover how Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certification can help you in your everyday work. MOS certifications are a great way to hone your skills in the most popular Office applications available. And getting certified is free for faculty, staff, and students!

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Getting Started with Adobe InDesign

Adobe InDesignDecember 8, 2021, 1 p.m.
Fondren Library East 109

This class will be an introduction to using Adobe InDesign to create documents, posters, and PDFs. Attendees will learn the basics of how to create a new document, adjust columns and margins, import text, place images, and finally export the document to PDF to share with others.InDesign is an industry-leading program used to design documents for print or PDF production. This course shows you how to create documents that can adapt to your text instead of the other way around.

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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.