On Track for Fall 2020: Unprecedented Faculty Response to Fully Online & SMUFlex Instruction & Technology Readiness

Dear SMU Faculty,

Into this second week of July, we recognize the unprecedented effort and long hours that you are contributing toward Fall 2020 instructional readiness.  I’m pleased to report high levels of enrollments and participation in the Online Teaching and Canvas technology courses which are being expertly facilitated by SMU’s Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) and Office of Information Technology (OIT).  Over 120 faculty have already completed at least one of these two online courses in this first week!  Nicely done!  In addition to those making online preparations, some faculty are right now successfully teaching again on campus in classrooms equipped with new “SMUFlex” remote technology and their experiences are helping shape and improve support resources as we re-open our classrooms just next month. Continue reading On Track for Fall 2020: Unprecedented Faculty Response to Fully Online & SMUFlex Instruction & Technology Readiness

Keep Teaching: Week In Review
(April 6, 2020)

Finding the New Normal

There has been little time throughout the events of the last month for much thoughtful reflection as to the nature of what we’re doing and what we’ll be doing next. While initial online readiness meant deploying and activating essential online basics to get up and running, week two found us rapidly working to normalize online classrooms as well as working to stabilize student experiences.

As our unprecedented teaching odyssey continues, right alongside a continual, often dizzying narrative of information and misinformation about what’s going on in the world versus what’s going on with Zoom continues, please remember that we’re here to help you navigate and simplify the complex work of online teaching. If you’re struggling to embrace new online teaching technologies, to make course modifications, or to develop new testing and quizzing options, we can help. Continue reading Keep Teaching: Week In Review
(April 6, 2020)

Zoombombing? What to Know for Public Zoom Meetings

Zoom Update: In response to the issues concerning privacy and security, Zoom has automatically defaulted the as screen sharing settings for Education customers to “Only Host” as of March 26, 2020. To enable participant sharing, please visit the following link: support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/360041591671

Zoom logoZoom, the video & web conferencing solution, has become the de-facto service of choice for working remotely and staying in touch with loved ones during the stay-at-home orders taking place across the country. As with any rapidly adopted service, however, some folks want to rain on the parade. Continue reading Zoombombing? What to Know for Public Zoom Meetings

Asana to End Internet Explorer Support April 1

Asana logoIt’s no April fools joke! Asana, the project/task management and collaboration platform, recently sent notification to customers announcing that the collaborative Asana web app will no longer be accessible using Internet Explorer after April 1, 2020. Continue reading Asana to End Internet Explorer Support April 1

Your Portal to High-Performance Computing is Now Available

HPCWe are excited to announce the immediate availability of the new HPC OnDemand Web Portal for ManeFrame II. The portal provides an integrated, single web-based access point for High-Performance Computing (HPC) resources on ManeFrame II (M2) and is open to the entire SMU research community.

This new portal features Continue reading Your Portal to High-Performance Computing is Now Available