LinkedIn Learning Student Champion Program: Apply Before September 27!

If you want to take advantage of unique experiential learning opportunities and harness your passions to build your professional brand and become an inspirational campus leader, LinkedIn can help!

LinkedIn Learning is now accepting applications to join their Student Champion program. This program is fully-managed by LinkedIn, and provides you with the resources and networking opportunities that can supercharge your academic and professional aspirations. Over the course of six months, you will have access to internal LinkedIn Champion events, gain experience using the LinkedIn platform, and receive a certification upon completion for your resume.

Sound intriguing? Find out more information here or in this PDF.


Announcing “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest

This October, prepare for the challenge of a lifetime. You’ve never witnessed a security awareness month like this!

The Biggest PhisherThis year for National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), the Office of Information Technology is encouraging everyone to think more critically when reviewing emails by putting themselves in the villain’s shoes and create their own phishing email as for the “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest. You will find out what makes a good phishing email, which in turn, will help you to spot the real ones when they hit your inbox. Continue reading Announcing “The Biggest Phisher” Phishing Contest

Join Us via Zoom for Fall 2020 IT Training Courses

For this fall, we are offering our usual IT training courses via Zoom webinar. From working on web pages in Sitecore to producing videos quickly with Adobe Premiere Rush, we invite you to take advantage of these upcoming sessions!

Adobe Acrobat Basics

September 28, 1 P.M.: Adobe Acrobat is installed on almost every computer on campus, and you probably use it to view PDF files every day. Have you ever wanted to know more about what Acrobat can do? In this one-hour hands-on course, you’ll learn more about creating PDF files, editing and formatting files, publication methods, and the basics on creating your own online forms. We will also cover why PDFs are a useful file format and different use cases for them.

Collaborating with Microsoft Teams

October 14, 10 A.M.: Microsoft Teams is a next-generation communications and collaboration platform that brings the ease of Skype for Business together with the power and versatility of chat apps like Slack and HipChat. In this course we will go over the foundations of working with teams, channels, chat, file sharing, applications, and more.

Video Editing with Adobe Rush

October 27, 1 P.M.: Learn about Adobe Premiere Rush, the easy-to-use, all-in-one video editing software for online video creators. Join us as we discover the creative possibilities Adobe Premiere Rush can bring.

Sitecore Basics for Content Editors

November 16, 2 P.M.: In this course, we will look at the basics of working within web pages using SMU’s Content Management System, Sitecore. Learn how to work with text, links, images, and publication options.

And as always, stop by for additional information, including how to access LinkedIn Learning for any time, on-demand training courses!

Academic Technology Webinar Sessions Now On Demand!

During the spring and summer, OIT’s Academic Technology Service Directors worked with faculty and staff to provide massive amounts of online training webinars to prepare for the unprecedented new styles of teaching and learning now in use on campus. If you missed any of these great sessions, we have them available for you to view anytime!

Spring 2020: Remote Learning: From Survival to Exceptional

Fall 2020: Advancements in EdTech Conference – in partnership with the Teaching Effectiveness Symposium

New Video Course for Sitecore Now Available

With the recent upgrades of SMU websites to newer, more streamlined design templates, the need for new training materials became apparent. After several live training sessions with select campus groups, we are now happy to offer a brand-new training video for those of us on campus who do basic editing in SMU web pages. The new Sitecore for Content Editors course is available below and at

We also hope to restart live webinars and eventually in-person Sitecore training sessions soon. Stay tuned to for future sessions!

University Provides Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing to Campus

To help protect the SMU community, the University is deploying two new tools for monitoring the health of students, faculty, and staff—A COVID-19 Symptom Checker and Contact Tracer.

Symptom Checker to Stay Mustang Strong

COVID-19 CheckerIf you are not feeling well or not sure if you should be on campus, you can use the Mustang Daily Symptom Checker. The survey will help you to determine if you are currently experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19. After answering a few questions, the Checker will provide guidance for your next actions, and based on the results, you will be given further instructions. Continue reading University Provides Symptom Checker & Contact Tracing to Campus