Canvas at SMU: A New Era of Course Management

Canvas LMS LogoAs we begin the 2016-2017 academic year, Southern Methodist University begins a new era of course management. Consistent with the announcement and transition plan set forth in last August’s message to faculty from the Office of the Provost, Canvas has been transitioned into the sole course management system for university courses of record. If you haven’t heard by now, Canvas is a cloud-based course management system which offers a modern interface designed to better support the increased teaching and learning demands of higher education in functions such as blended learning, “flipping classrooms,” and providing a more robust overall foundation for current and future online education and distance learning activities. Continue reading Canvas at SMU: A New Era of Course Management

Save the Date: Canvas Boot Camp – August 16, 17 & 18

OIT Canvas Boot CampThis August the Academic Technology team and IT Training have partnered to arm faculty and staff with Canvas instruction and resources during a two days for a Canvas Boot Camp. These workshops have been created to answer those critical questions instructors may have at the onset of a new semester.

You may be asking yourself, “What methods of communication does Canvas offer?” “Can I create online tests?” “How can I track what files my student have accessed?” “How do I use the Grade book?” and even, “Where do I go for help?” It might be a little overwhelming, but don’t worry. All these questions and more will be answered during the Canvas Boot Camp.

Registration is not required to these drop-in sessions. However, seating is limited and we will be accommodating those on a first-come-first-served basis. Can’t make it to Canvas during the day? Consider joining us for Canvas Nights!

Canvas Boot Camp sessions include: Continue reading Save the Date: Canvas Boot Camp – August 16, 17 & 18

IT Training: Canvas, Sitecore 8.1, and a contest for staff


New Canvas trainings
Canvas Now that Blackboard is no longer an option, get up and running with the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS). These walk-in sessions will introduce you to the Canvas interface, creating course content, customizing your course’s look and feel, plus assignment grading. Find the full schedule on the IT Training page.

What is new in Sitecore 8.1
Sitecore We will be offering several courses in using the newly upgraded Sitecore 8.1, SMU’s Web Content Management System, later this summer. Until then, join us for “What’s New in Sitecore 8.1.” We will go through the new interface and highlight the changed from the current version of Sitecore. To register for one of the webinars, please visit the IT Training page.

President’s Picnic Contest
scooterAs part of the SMU Staff Association’s annual President’s Picnic, OIT will be there to join in the celebrations with giveaways and fun prizes! Staff, stop by our booth at the picnic on May 18th to learn more about OIT’s services including our lyndaCampus service which provides staff, faculty and students with thousands of courses on hundreds of topics.To make it even easier for you to watch courses, we’re giving away three Roku Streaming Sticks to three lucky staff members so you can watch courses (and also Netflix and other streaming services in your free time) on your television! We’ll be giving two away during the picnic, but follow the instructions below for a chance to win one right now.

Just simply log onto at anytime between now and May 17th and watch at least one video and you will be entered into a drawing for a Roku Stick! The winning staff member will be announced during the picnic.

Also, we’ll be giving away a scooter from our friends at Qualtrics, so you can cruise around campus in style!