Canvas Tips for Students: Choosing Favorite Courses

As classes get underway, you may notice that many classes are starting to fill up your Courses list in Canvas. If a particular class will not be using Canvas or if there are still classes from the previous semester showing up, you have the option to clean up your course list for easier use. Today’s tip shows you how to do just that! Continue reading Canvas Tips for Students: Choosing Favorite Courses

Change Vimeo’s privacy settings & embed video defaults.

Vimeo a useful tool for sharing videos and presentations, but sometimes you need to restrict the access for those video by changing Vimeo’s privacy settings and how those videos can be embedded. You can even create a default preset to speed the process.

At SMU, our videos are restricted to only being seen on SMU domains and through our learning management system, Canvas. If you have batch uploaded videos or found the settings not to be different for some reason, you can easily change them. Continue reading Change Vimeo’s privacy settings & embed video defaults.

Setting Up Duo Two-Factor Authentication at SMU

Please Note:

These instructions are for new users only. For those re-enrolling a device, please call the IT Help Desk at 214.768.HELP (4357). More information is also available on the Duo 2FA page at


The following steps are our recommendations for the initial setup of Duo’s Two-Factor Authentication (2FA) at SMU.

  1. Install the Duo Mobile app on a smartphone or tablet.
  2. Enroll your mobile device with Duo.
  3. Activate Duo Mobile for your Device.
  4. Add a second device, such as your office phone.
  5. Configure Duo to automatically send a Duo Push to your mobile device.

We will go through these steps to get you started with two-factor authentication with Duo. Continue reading Setting Up Duo Two-Factor Authentication at SMU

Using Instagram


InstagramYou may have heard of Instagram after Facebook purchased it for $1 Billion in 2012, but many still are not really sure what it is or does. The simple answer is Instagram is a photo and video sharing app. Sort of a Facebook for pictures, and part of the reason Facebook acquired it. You can take photos, add filters to them (this is one of Instagram‘s signature features), share photos, tag your friends, browse other great photos from all over the world. In this post, we are going to cover some of the basics of using the popular photo sharing app, Instagram. Continue reading Using Instagram