ICUT Hosts Microsoft Professional Development Training

ICUT logoThis December, the Independent Colleges & Universities of Texas (ICUT) will host Microsoft professional development training for schools and educators with remote learning tools. SMU faculty and staff are invited to attend these workshops.

All workshops will be delivered through Microsoft Teams which will allow participants to interact directly with the presenter and collaborate with other attendees from various institutions.

The goal is to provide information and instruction about how educators can stay connected with students through hybrid learning using Microsoft multimedia tools. Continue reading ICUT Hosts Microsoft Professional Development Training

Stepping Up Your Microsoft Teams Game

If you haven’t yet checked out Microsoft Teams, you probably want to. Last year Microsoft announced that they will retire support for Skype for Business come July 2021. While SMU won’t be pulling the plug on Skype for Business service immediately, there will come a time that embracing Teams will be a must.

For those of you who have never logged into Teams, you can log in and peruse by visiting The training team even has a sandbox that you can play in. All you have to do is shoot an email to, and we will add you to the sandbox site. You might also want to check out the Microsoft Teams Essential Training by LinkedIn Learning.

In a recent training, we received a few questions from trainees who wanted to step up their Teams game. Here are a few tips for users already immersed in Teams.

How can I post content to multiple channels on different Teams?
Information can be shared with multiple channels through distributing email or posting in conversations to numerous teams. This quick video will show you all the steps you need to do.

I want to add a calendar for my team. How do I do that?
Whether you are interested in using a calendar to coordinate vacation schedules or utilize group calendars for team events or projects. Teams has a couple of options for you.  This 8-minute demo provides you a sampling of a few options.

For additional tips on Microsoft Teams, we recommend the Microsoft Teams Tips Weekly moderated by Nick Brazzi of LinkedIn Learning.



Microsoft Certification Exams: 4 Tips for Success 

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You are about to take an industry-standard certification created by Microsoft’s experts and the most fluent in those applications across the country. Did you know that the average user utilizes about 5-10% of a particular application, and many users are only barely introduced to the power behind the software? So, if you think you can cram for this exam a day or two before the test, you may want to think twice. Continue reading Microsoft Certification Exams: 4 Tips for Success 

Finding Remote Learners in my.SMU

Remote Learner Example ImageOIT recently partnered with Enrollment Services to provide faculty with several enhancements in my.SMU to display students who are taking classes remotely. This information can be accessed in several places within my.SMU.

Viewing Remote Students through Positive Student Indicators

When viewing a student from the Faculty/Advisor Center, a positive service indicator will display for those students that will be studying remotely. Once you have found the student, click the General Info tab to see if “Remote Instruction Approved” has been added to their record. Continue reading Finding Remote Learners in my.SMU

Interactive Tips for Zoom with Diane Gifford

Diane GiffordDr. Diane Gifford is a clinical assistant professor in the Simmons School of Education and Human Development. On May 12, 2020, Diane participated in SMU’s Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional series with a session on Interactive Synchronous Tips. During the action-packed workshop, Diane provided attendees with tips and tricks for faculty to help keep students highly engaged and connected when presenting remotely with Zoom. Continue reading Interactive Tips for Zoom with Diane Gifford