Important Notice about Power Outages and Campus Computers

power surgeAs recently reported by local news outlets, there is an extremely high likelihood of electrical fluctuations “brownouts” or full electrical outages that might occur due to extraordinary strain on area electrical grids due to increased demand during current severe weather.

All sensitive technology equipment should be powered down and unplugged as possible. Continue reading Important Notice about Power Outages and Campus Computers

OIT Launches New Web Support Site and Assistant Pilot

Web SupportAfter a decade of using Sitecore for SMU’s web content management system, we know how challenging it can be for editors who make changes infrequently. In the past couple of years, we have made great strides in making the tool easier to use for everyone. With the rollout of the Cornerstone templates and the Experience Editor’s enabling WYSIWYG editing of our site’s webpages, Sitecore has never been more user friendly. Yet, there are times when a school or department doesn’t have the time to edit their webpages or just needs some additional help.  To help, OIT is launching a Web Assistant pilot plus a new support site. Continue reading OIT Launches New Web Support Site and Assistant Pilot

You Need to Update Your iPhone and iPad ASAP

Software Update iOS 14.4If you have an iPhone or iPad, you need to update your device right now. It’s okay, we will wait…

While you are waiting for the update download to complete, read on.

Apple has announced that its recent iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4 update will help protect against three security vulnerabilities that “may have been actively exploited” by hackers. In yesterday’s document describing the security content of iOS 14.4 and iPadOS 14.4, Apple stated the following. Continue reading You Need to Update Your iPhone and iPad ASAP

SMU Faculty Continue Professional Development in January

Instructional Technology Workshops 2021This January, SMU offered several days of training and resources to kick-start the spring semester and help faculty use the SMUFlex model of teaching at the 2021 Instructional Technology Workshops. Lead by many of the Academic Technology Service Directors, these sessions covered everything from re-discover the Zoom basics, to using ManeFrame II, to providing accessibility tips or answers to your Canvas LMS questions. Hundreds of SMU faculty took advantage of this opportunity attending over 700 combined sessions. Continue reading SMU Faculty Continue Professional Development in January