Spring Data Science Workshops Are Open to All

OIT's Data Science iconThe Spring 2024 O’Donnell Data Science and Research Computing Institute (ODSRCI) and OIT Research and Data Science Services (RDSS) workshop series provides a hands-on experience that will guide those of the SMU campus community in the basics of using SMU’s supercomputing resources to take advantage of AI workflows, learn the fundamentals of deep learning, start programming in Python, and more. The topics cover information useful for users to quickly begin to use the advanced compute capabilities provided by SMU’s High-Performance Computing (HPC) clusters, the NVIDIA DGX SuperPOD and M3.

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SMU Faculty Continue Professional Development in January

Instructional Technology Workshops 2021This January, SMU offered several days of training and resources to kick-start the spring semester and help faculty use the SMUFlex model of teaching at the 2021 Instructional Technology Workshops. Lead by many of the Academic Technology Service Directors, these sessions covered everything from re-discover the Zoom basics, to using ManeFrame II, to providing accessibility tips or answers to your Canvas LMS questions. Hundreds of SMU faculty took advantage of this opportunity attending over 700 combined sessions. Continue reading SMU Faculty Continue Professional Development in January

A-LEC/OIT Learning Workshops Return for Fall!

We are excited to announce this semester’s student workshops at the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC)! Along with the A-LEC’s stellar lineup of learning strategy workshops, OIT also joins in with classes on Lynda.com, note-taking, and Excel. Here’s a quick rundown of the classes we will present this semester: Continue reading A-LEC/OIT Learning Workshops Return for Fall!

New IT Training Available: Canvas, Qualtrics, Excel, and More.

IT TrainingWe have added several new IT Training Workshops for the spring term, including new courses in using Canvas, Box, and Qualtrics.

Canvas: An Introduction

Canvas This class covers the newly introduced Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) that will be replacing Blackboard. These open sessions will introduce you to the Canvas interface, creating course content, customizing your course’s look and feel, assignment grading, and new features that were not included in Blackboard. Find the full schedule on the IT Training page.

Box: Getting Started

BoxThis class is a quick introduction to SMU’s new cloud storage system, Box. Learn how to log into Box, add and organize files, install desktop sync software, and share/collaborate files with others. To register, please visit the IT Training page.


This 1 hour hands-on workshop is designed with students in mind. We’ll explore basic workbook management, working with tables and charts, using the basic functions SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX, and MIN, plus much more. For more information, please visit the IT Training page.

Excel 2013: Understanding Formulas and Pivot Tables

ExcelWe’ll kick off this workshop by reviewing basic formulas and order of operations. Next, we’ll explore more advanced features such using IF logic, VLOOKUP, creating Pivot Tables, and more. To register, please visit the IT Training page.

Qualtrics: Creating Basic Surveys and Registration Forms

In this introductory session, we’ll learn how to use Qualtrics for event registration and basic surveys. To register, please visit the IT Training page.

Sitecore Training

Sitecore We are offering several courses in using Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System. In Sitecore: Getting Started, we cover the basics of using Sitecore. This introductory training is for individuals who have never used Sitecore or will be responsible for editing existing content and adding basic pages. In Sitecore: Advanced Topics, we take advantage of HTML & CSS to spice up those pages. New this year is Sitecore: A Q&A. Have a question about Sitecore that has been bugging you? Join our open forum to get your questions answered about using Sitecore. To find out more or to register, please visit the IT Training page.

Sharepoint: Moving Inside.SMU to the Cloud

SharePointThis session is designed to get you acquainted with the new look and feel of Inside.SMU (SharePoint 2013). We’ll review the basics of working with a team site and will also briefly discuss some of the new features you should expect as we move to the cloud. To register, please visit the IT Training page.

Meet the New IT Training Team

The IT Training Team2015 was a year of transition for the Training and Communications team. Now that we are fully staffed we wanted to take a moment to introduce ourselves. To get to know us a little better, visit the IT Connect blog.