OIT Quick Tip: Using Playposit with Canvas

In this Quick Tip, Simmons Academic Technology Service Director Jennifer Culver shows us Playposit, a new video solution currently being piloted that allows you to add quiz questions and other interactive elements to any YouTube video. Check it out!

If you are interested in joining the pilot program, send Jennifer an e-mail.

Microsoft Teams Coming to Campus

Microsoft Teams LogoCollaborating efficiently with your colleagues is an important part of everyday work. Making sure that all of the loose ends of a large project end up in a nice bow at the end of the day can be a daunting task. There are all kinds of collaboration and communication platforms that have popped up in recent years, allowing teams to quickly come together to share and store information. One of these platforms is Microsoft Teams, and OIT will be introducing Teams to campus in the coming months!

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New Version of Zoom Client: One Window, More Features

Zoom LogoZoom has been SMU’s video conference system of choice for a couple of years now, and plenty of you have taken advantage of its ease of use and stellar call quality. Recently, Zoom released an update to their desktop client, and here are some highlights of what’s new!

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Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

Windows 7 LogoLike Windows Vista and XP before it, Windows 7 will reach the end of its update support cycle early next year.

Full support and updates for Windows 7 have been halted since 2015, but January 14, 2020, will mark the day when even critical security updates stop for the operating system that made its big debut in 2009. That year was the heyday of the tiny and eccentric netbook craze, FarmVille was big on a burgeoning Facebook, and some tech news outlets were claiming that Apple’s rumored tablet computer would never happen. A lot has changed in the tech world since 2009, but Windows 7 has been one of the most long-lasting and popular versions of Windows. But nothing lasts forever in the IT realm. Continue reading Microsoft’s Windows 7 Update Support Ends January 2020

New Year, New Skills! Spring 2019 IT Training Schedule

Ready to learn a new technical skill this year? There’s no better time to start than now, with Spring 2019 packed with OIT training courses for all kinds of software and services!

Tech Tip Tuesdays

For three Tuesdays (and one Wednesday) in January, we will be presenting 30-minute webinars with quick and easy tips on how to utilize popular tools available to you at SMU. Continue reading New Year, New Skills! Spring 2019 IT Training Schedule

PlayPosit Brings More Features to Course Videos

PlayPosit LogoWe’re always looking for innovative and efficient new ways for faculty to harness technology for their teaching. Recently, OIT and the Academic Technology Council have announced a new pilot program for a new instructional video platform that allows for more interactivity and engagement for online courses.

With the PlayPosit video tool, you can create multiple interactions in a video; including polls, open-ended questions, discussions, and more. Continue reading PlayPosit Brings More Features to Course Videos

Help Desk Holiday & Winter Hours

Winter break is once again fast approaching, and we would like to make you aware of the winter hours for the IT Help Desk.

Regular hours will continue until December 13, when the Desk will switch to winter hours of 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM Monday-Friday. On Saturday, December 15, the hours will be from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. They will be closed on Sunday (12/ 16). The Desk will be closed entirely from December 22 to January 1. Winter hours continue until January 5 when the Desk will open at 9 AM.

Emergency IT support will be available as always by calling the Help Desk number.  Please note– staff will not be monitoring the requests submitted via email or on the online portal during the winter break.  If there is an emergency, please call.

From all of us at OIT, we wish you a very happy and safe holiday season for you and your families.

Check Out Tech Tip Tuesdays in January!

If you’ve been watching our ongoing Quick Tip series, you’ll want to tune in this January for our Tech Tip Tuesday webinars! For three Tuesdays in January (plus one Wednesday) we will be holding live 30-minute webinars with quick and easy tips to make using your technology that much easier. Continue reading Check Out Tech Tip Tuesdays in January!