OneNote Now Integrated in Canvas!

OneNote LogoOneNote is a great solution for digital notetaking, with students and faculty alike utilizing it to capture not only written notes, but any multimedia that can reinforce said notes. Now, our Canvas LMS has the ability for faculty to integrate a OneNote notebook directly within their class using Office 365! This provides the same experience as any other OneNote notebook, but with the added convenience of editing and collaborating directly within Canvas.

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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

Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

In 2017, the Office of Information Technology (OIT) surveyed students and staff regarding technology use and support in order to assess and improve existing OIT services and discover new and innovative areas to pursue. The Fall 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment surveyed over 1,900 undergraduate and graduate students at SMU, and the Faculty Technology Satisfaction Survey collected information from almost 200 faculty members. Continue reading Results of the 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment [Infographic]

Introducing the New Campus Technology Idea Form

Bright Tech Ideas

Have you ever had a technology idea which could improve experiences at SMU?

Are there software solutions which would offer clear advantages and opportunities across multiple schools or business units?  Do you ever recognize opportunities to advance SMU’s capabilities with innovative hardware or cloud systems?  If you have ideas which require new technologies or new technology capabilities, please keep reading! Continue reading Introducing the New Campus Technology Idea Form

2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment Now Available

SurveyAcademic Technology Services is currently soliciting feedback on the services and support offered by SMU’s Office of Information Technology (OIT) to students.  They are asking undergraduate and graduate student to take a few minutes to complete the survey for the second annual Student Technology Needs Assessment. The input gained from the questionnaire will help OIT to improve existing services and support, and create new technology initiatives. Continue reading 2017 Student Technology Needs Assessment Now Available

Classroom Technology Planning Report for 2017 Now Available

As we began planning for the summer classroom upgrades, we took a more collaborative approach to the planning and design.

  1. Completed a full inventory of all the classrooms including researching the original installation date of the equipment.
  2. Categorized the rooms into three distinct types that would help guide the design of the technology.
  3. Met with each of the Academic Technology Service Directors to obtain a wish list of classroom upgrades and changes.
  4. Identified rooms from the OIT perspective that needed to be addressed based on the number of support calls and maintenance issues.
  5. Reviewed the full list and assigned estimated quotes for each room.
  6. Determined the rooms that could be completed utilizing the $500,000 allocated for Classroom Upgrades for FY18.

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Classroom Technology Refreshes with New Collaboration Devices

The Solstice Pod, just one of the new technologies coming to classrooms this summer.

Working closely with the Academic Technology Service Directors and the Academic Technology Council, we have identified approximately 70 rooms to receive classroom technology upgrades this fiscal year.  We are currently in the process of scheduling the rooms and finalizing bids with our vendors.  The scheduling component will largely determine how many of those rooms we are able to complete over the summer months.  SMU classrooms are still in such heavy use during the summer months that it leaves little time for major upgrade work.

There are a few exciting new changes that are included this year. Continue reading Classroom Technology Refreshes with New Collaboration Devices

Results of the 2016 Student Technology Needs Assessment

SMU’s Office of Information Technology will use the assessment results to improve existing services, support, and create new and innovative technology initiatives. Delivered during fall 2016, the Student Technology Needs Assessment surveyed over 1,200 undergraduate and graduate students at SMU, and focused on three major areas: