New Dedman Law and Cox Websites Revolutionize SMU’s Web Presence

Cox School of Business HomepageIn August and September 2018, the Dedman School of Law and the Cox School of Business both revealed their new websites to the public.  After many months of planning, programming, and design, these sites present a new vision for the future of SMU’s entire presence on the web.
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Sitecore Clinics Return This Fall

Sitecore ClinicThey’re baaaack! Do you need help creating a new page or editing an existing one?  Feeling stumped by widgets, forms, or something else?  Want to know more about a feature or function in Sitecore?

Drop in at any of these Sitecore Clinics for a little one-on-one support with those questions or ones of your own answered by SMU’s Sitecore administrators and specialists. No registration is required, so just bring yourself and your questions! Read on for dates and locations.

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Making PDF Files Accessible Starter Kit

While you may already know how to make PDF files in a jiffy, have you ever wondered if your documents were easily readable by those who use assistive technologies with their devices? Be it a software screen reader, a braille interpreter, or some other system, it is important to keep these in mind when creating a PDF. In this video tutorial, you will learn how to get started with Adobe Acrobat’s built-in accessibility settings that can quickly make your new and existing documents readable to as many people as possible. Continue reading Making PDF Files Accessible Starter Kit

Improved Booking System Simplifies Advising Appointments

The old RoomRes system.

Years ago, a customized application called RoomRes was created to facilitate student advising appointments and reservations of several study spaces within the libraries. As the usage of RoomRes grew, the limitations of that solution became clear. Continue reading Improved Booking System Simplifies Advising Appointments

SMU Linux User Group Arriving in October

Tux, the Linux mascot
Tux, the Linux mascot

The OIT Academic Technology Services is excited to announce the formation of a new Linux User Group (LUG) for SMU. Starting this September October, the LUG will be open to any campus community members who share an interest in the Linux operating system, free and open source software and other related topics—both technical and non-technical. Continue reading SMU Linux User Group Arriving in October

Kaltura Unveils New Capture Software, Features

Kaltura has been hard at work releasing new features to their already robust video capture platform. We recently let you know about the new features in video quizzes. Now, an entirely new video capture application is replacing the previous software, CaptureSpace.

The new Kaltura Capture software.
The new Kaltura Capture software.

Kaltura Capture is a complete revamp of the application. Like the old CaptureSpace, Capture can record multiple video inputs like a webcam and your computer monitor, but now setting everything up is easier than ever. Select what you want to record, and click the big red record button. That’s it!

Once you’re done recording, uploading to Canvas is a snap. The Kaltura interface within Canvas has been improved as well, with more editing features that make it behave more like mainstream video editing software like Camtasia or iMovie. Once you have edited your work, placing the video in your Canvas courses is just like before.

New Kaltura CaptureReady to get started? Just go to your My Media page in Canvas and click on Add New, then click Kaltura Capture in the menu that appears. You will then have the option to download the new Capture software for Windows or Mac. If you have any questions, let the Help Desk or your ATSD know!

Notes from InstructureCon: What’s New & Next in Canvas

Late last month, OIT’s two intrepid Canvas administrators, Steve Snider and Cassidy Porter, traveled to Keystone, Colorado for the annual InstructureCon conference. At this meeting of the minds, the creators of Canvas share the latest and greatest features to educators and IT administrators alike. There were a lot of interesting developments this year, and Cassidy and Steve have brought back a few to talk about!

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