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 smu.edu/ittraining 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

Adobe Flash Player’s Time is Coming to an End

Get Adobe Flash PlayerAfter a long reign as the king of interactive media for the web, Adobe Flash Player – usurped in recent years by open standards such as HTML5, WebGL, and WebAssembly – is coming to an end. After over a billion downloads, on December 31, 2020, the once standard for adding rich web content will step down from its throne for good.

Adobe announced in July 2017 that they would stop distributing and updating Flash Player after December 31, 2020 (“EOL Date”). This means Adobe will no longer issue Flash Player updates or important security patches after that date. Continue reading Adobe Flash Player’s Time is Coming to an End

Adobe Hosts Virtual Creative Jam for Self-Quarantined Students

Some of us might be feeling a little cooped up these days and you might be looking for a creative outlet. Now that SMU students have been provisioned with temporary Creative Cloud licenses until May 31, 2020, it is time to do something creative and win some swag!

College + Nickelodeon Creative Jam LIVE with Adobe XDNickelodeon and Adobe have teamed up to create a virtual Creative Jam for college students across the nation to compete in a beginner-friendly project challenge. Students teams, of two or more, will have an opportunity to Continue reading Adobe Hosts Virtual Creative Jam for Self-Quarantined Students

Adobe Grants Temporary Access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps

Adobe Creative Cloud folderAs a result of the campus closure, student access to Adobe Creative Cloud in labs and classrooms is not available. Adobe has provided temporary at-home access for impacted students and faculty so that they can continue their work remotely. Continue reading Adobe Grants Temporary Access to Creative Cloud Desktop Apps

Adobe License Expiring? Here’s the Fix!

A screenshot of the Adobe license error.Some folks on campus have reported receiving a notification that their Adobe software license is expiring. If you have received this notice, don’t fret! Our license with Adobe is still active and you can continue using Adobe products as before, but there is a new way to obtain the software and keep the license up-to-date. Continue reading Adobe License Expiring? Here’s the Fix!