Automated Duo Phone Call Discontinuation for Chinese Phone Numbers

DuoDuo has recently notified OIT of a change in authentication options for those who have registered a Chinese phone number as an authentication method in their Duo account. We would like to make you aware in case you utilize phone service in China.

Due to telecom limitations put in place by the Chinese government, Duo has Continue reading Automated Duo Phone Call Discontinuation for Chinese Phone Numbers

Explore with LinkedIn Learning this Summer

For students, summer is a time for exploration. Whether you find yourself exploring a foreign country, working at an internship, or taking new classes back on campus, LinkedIn Learning is ready to help you make the most of your experience.

LinkedIn Learning is a free, personalized learning platform provided by the Office of Information Technology here at SMU. Students can use the platform to develop new or underdeveloped skills, and then share their accomplishments with their peers on their associated LinkedIn accounts. The platform contains thousands of course videos on a variety of topics taught by experts of all kinds. Here are a few of our favorites: Continue reading Explore with LinkedIn Learning this Summer

Want a Blog? You’ve Got It!

WordPress LogoYou never know when the writing bug will hit you. When inspiration strikes and you’ve just got to get your words out to the world, you have lots of options. You could stick to social media, or you could create your own website to publicize your writing. When creating your own site, things get even more complicated. Choosing web hosting plans, figuring out which blog software to use, and maintaining it all can get frustrating and overwhelming if all you want to do is create. Thankfully, if you’re wanting to dip your toes into the blogging world, we can help!

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Learn a new skill over Spring Break with LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn LearningWith Spring Break less than a week away, we would like to remind you that it is a great time to learn a new skill. Many of you will be traveling or taking a break, and you can use the time getting there along with the LinkedIn Learning app to make your time away from campus more productive to be more fruitful when you return. By using the LinkedIn Learning Mobile app, you can download courses to view on your mobile device for offline viewing in areas you don’t have a network or wifi connection, such as in a plane, in a car, or on the beach. We have compiled a few courses – from fun new skills to productivity tips – that might be worth your time while on Spring Break. Continue reading Learn a new skill over Spring Break with LinkedIn Learning

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.

Connecting Box.SMU and Linux

Box@SMU Tips & Tricksupdated for ubuntu 18.04.1 LTS (November 12, 2018)

If you are primarily a Linux user and have started using Box.SMU, you’ve probably noticed that the incredibly useful Box Sync application is not available for Linux. But don’t worry! There is a method for Linux users to get access to their Box files directly within their computer’s file manager.

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Password Managers Make Security Easy

PadlockAs National Cybersecurity Awareness Month draws to a close, one of the easiest things you can do to help protect your identity and your sensitive files is to ensure that you have unique, secure passwords for all of your online services. Of course, that is easier said than done! Keeping up with all of the passwords for every last service you use online can be overwhelming if you go it alone. Thankfully, there are plenty of tools out there that can help.

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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