Classroom Technology Updates: Preparing for Fall

Simmons Instructor StationEach year, SMU leadership and the Academic Technology Council reviews and approves a collection of classroom upgrade projects to be funded by the University Technology Fund.  Project requests are submitted by each school in addition to identified major maintenance/fixes based on the age or current state of each room. These are vetted and prioritized to ensure we are providing stability across classroom experiences while also modernizing the technology in as many spaces as possible.  In addition to the classrooms funded by the University, several schools or departments independently fund additional upgrades that are critical to their environment.  The majority of these projects are conducted during either the summer months or during winter break to minimize impact to teaching.

The Covid-19 pandemic has drastically altered this year’s original upgrade plans.  Instead of the original proposal of work, Continue reading Classroom Technology Updates: Preparing for Fall

Teams pivot to support simultaneous in-person and online classes this fall

Epson ScreenClassroom instruction has been turned upside down this year, shifting from 100% in-person to 100% online.  As we return to the Hilltop for Summer 2, we are anticipating yet another transition where instruction occurs in both online and face-to-face modalities simultaneously.  Pedagogically, this will require a good bit of flexibility for faculty. The classroom technology to support this hybridized approach is also very different and complex. Continue reading Teams pivot to support simultaneous in-person and online classes this fall

Keep Working: Online Meeting Etiquette

This is part three of our “Working from Home Essentials” series, transcribed from the “Working from Home Essentials” webinar hosted in March 2020.

In this post, let us talk about online meeting etiquette because it is always a fun one. There are a ton of memes and very funny videos about online conference calls and some of the behaviors that you may observe. We will take a moment and look at a few online etiquette, or netiquette, tips because it is a little bit different meeting online than in-person.

Rachel Mulry on Zoom MeetingOur first one is to be mindful of our video feed. I usually turn on my webcam because I think it is essential to make that connection, but you will want to be cognizant of how you dress. I know if we are working from home, we might be a little bit more Continue reading Keep Working: Online Meeting Etiquette

Keep Working: Tips for Telecommuting

This is part two of our “Working from Home Essentials” series, transcribed from the “Working from Home Essentials” webinar hosted in March 2020.

I thought in this post that we would cover a few tips for telecommuting since this is a new world for many of you. I was fortunate to have done telecommuting a long time ago back in 2001 – before iPads and smartphones – so, I thought I would give you a few tips as you navigate the world of remote work.  Continue reading Keep Working: Tips for Telecommuting

Keep Working: Setting Up Your Home Office

This is part one of our “Working from Home Essentials” series, transcribed from the “Working from Home Essentials” webinar hosted in March 2020.

First of all, I want to say thank you! I know everyone is doing some heroics these days to continue supporting our campus and our community, so thank you for all you are doing and know that it is very much appreciated.

Work from Home iconIn this blog post, we are going to go through a couple of different things about working from home or working remotely. I know our situation now is a little bit different than your normal telecommuting situation. Many of us will have children and spouses in the house as well, so that adds some complications. Hopefully, you’ll find some useful information today on the equipment that you need and the different resources that we have available to you. Continue reading Keep Working: Setting Up Your Home Office