Qualtrics to end support for older browsers with TLS 1.0/1.1

QualtricsAs Qualtrics works to improve their user experience, that sometimes means removing older functionality to make room for new features and improved security. In order to maintain the highest security standards, promote the safety of our data, and align with industry-wide best practices, Qualtrics will disable the use of Transport Layer Security (TLS) 1.0/1.1 across all Qualtrics services on November 21, 2018. After this date, TLS 1.2 or higher (TLS 1.2+) must be used. This means if you are using an older web browser or 3rd party applications that do not support TLS 1.2+, you will not be able to access Qualtics. Continue reading Qualtrics to end support for older browsers with TLS 1.0/1.1

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! 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 Lynda.com courses, we’re giving away three Roku Streaming Sticks 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 as a staff member you can get a chance to win one right now.

Just simply log onto smu.edu/lynda 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 winner 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!

Get up to $15,000 in research grants at MRweek™

Qualtrics Behavioral Research GrantQualtrics is offering students and faculty grants ranging from $5000 to $1500 as part of the MRWeek™. If you are not familiar with MRWeek, it’s touted as the “largest market research event in the world.” This free five-day conference connects you with industry leaders, peer review sessions, Q&A forums and content downloads – without leaving the comfort of your own home or office. You will be able to learn the secrets of these top-tier market researchers though online webinars.

From Qualtrics:

At Qualtrics, academic research is at our core. It’s how we got our start, and there’s nothing we love more than empowering researchers and seeing the insights they’re able to uncover.

As a part of MRweek™, we’ll be giving students and professors an opportunity to apply for a Qualtrics Research Grant.

MRweek takes place December 7-11. It’s completely free, online, and the perfect chance to both fund and spark the study you’ve been wanting to conduct.

Three winners will be chosen and awarded with grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000.

Register & Apply

Qualtrics Team


What happened to Qualtrics?

If you’re reading this then you’re likely to have signed into Qualtrics one afternoon hoping to quickly retrieve some piece of data and was shocked to see the new look and feel.


After being a user of their previous version this overhaul certainly took me by surprise. So, what is different in Qualtrics? With the latest update to Qualtrics, you’ll see over 20 feature enhancements. Below is a quick synopsis of just a few of features.

Landing Page – One of the first changes you’ll notice is the new My Projects landing page. This page replaces the old My Surveys page. You’ll also notice the Projects, Contacts, & Libraries section has moved to the far right of the menu.

Editing Your Survey – The former Edit Survey tab has now been replaced by the Survey module. Don’t worry too much, this is mostly a cosmetic change.

Distributing your Survey – There are a number of updates to the  Distribute Survey tab which is renamed the Distributions Module. Page changes include:

  • Added a new Distribution navigation page for the first time you enter.
  • Combined Email Survey and Email History into the new Emails tab.
  • Relabeled Generated Links as Personal Links.
  • Updated social media options.

View Results tab = Responses & Results Modules – Qualtrics identifies the items below as the major changes for the Results tab. The visualization options take a little getting used to but could prove very helpful. Visualizations include word clouds, charts, gauges tables, and more. Click here for a sneak peek.

  • Removed the Advanced Options menu in Responses and shifted its functionality to other areas.
  • Relabeled Download Data as Export Data and moved it to the Tools menu in Responses (Import Data is found here as well).
  • Moved all response-related actions (viewing, exporting to PDF, etc.) to the Actions drop-down menu in Responses.
  • Moved Cross Tabulations to the Report Options menu in Results.

Library – Gone are the different libraries (surveys, block and questions). They’ve been combined into a simplified and enhanced library.

Contacts – If you’re looking for Panels, they are now relabeled to Contacts. It seems the primary goal was to ease navigation in order to switch between categories. If you used panels previously, then you’ll probably want to view this Contacts Summary.

Give yourself some time to get adjusted to the new look and feel for Qualtrics, there is certainly an abundance of change to get used to! Also, if you need a little help getting started with Qualtrics, we will be offering in-person training in the spring.

IT Training: Upcoming Training for Qualtrics, Sitecore, and lynda.com

IT TrainingWe have added additional IT Training Workshops through Winter Break, including a new course in Qualtrics. Take your skills to the next level by engaging in one of our online or instructor-led trainings.

lyndaCampus Now Available 

We understand not everyone can make our in-person training sessions due to scheduling conflicts, a busy week, or life just getting in the way. In an effort to provide quality training that works with everyone’s schedule, OIT has licensed lyndaCampus for the university. The lyndaCampus provides a vast online library of instructional videos covering the latest software, creative, and business skills. Taught by accomplished teachers and recognized industry experts, lynda.com is a high-quality resource for students, faculty, and staff looking to develop skills in Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, project management, social media, and a wide range of other topics. You can even view courses on your iPhone, iPad, Android phone or tablet, or other mobile device at your convenience — anytime, day or night.

To begin, just go to smu.edu/lynda and log in with your SMU ID and password.

lyndaCampus Webinars

If you have never used lynda.com before we invite you to join us for the lynda.com + SMU: Formal Overview webinar presented by lynda.com.

Register: Wednesday, October 28, 2015 3pm – 3:45pm CST
Register: Thursday, October 29, 2015 3pm – 3:45pm CST

Sitecore Basics

Are you new to Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System? Have you been using Sitecore, but not regularly enough to remember what to do when you log in? We can help. OIT is offering a special hands-on Sitecore Basics class to the SMU community. Not only will we cover everything you need to know to get started using Sitecore, but will walk you through building out a complete site within Sitecore.

Register: Wednesday, November 11 from 2:30pm-4pm

Advanced Sitecore

Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System, does a lot of the work in creating your pages, but sometimes it needs a little wrangling to really get it to shine. In this advanced class, will cover basic HTML usage in Sitecore and how to spice up those pages by adding CSS formatting, using widgets, and creating forms. This class is for advanced users.

Register: Wednesday, November 18 from 2:00-3:30

Photoshop for Sitecore

Learn how to take advantage of Photoshop to add slide shows and format images for use in Sitecore. In this advanced class, will cover basic Photoshop usage and how to upload the items to the Media Library in Sitecore. We will also discuss the slide show widgets.

Register: Wednesday, December 9 from 10:30am – 12:00pm

Updated 11/12/2015 to remove Qualtrics courses.