IT Training

Tech Day

October 22 in Hughes Trigg

Tech Day is free for SMU Faculty, Staff and Students. Topics range from Adobe to LinkedIn with subject matter experts from various departments at SMU as well as special guest speakers from Adobe and Apple. The full schedule and workshop descriptions are listed below. As there are a limited number of seats, all sessions will be on a first come first served basis. No Registration Required. We look forward to seeing you there!

Tech Day Schedule

Adobe Acrobat: Forms Central

Hughes Trigg Forum 10am

Adobe® Acrobat® XI software brings you new features to make your day easier. From converting PDF files into editable Microsoft Word, Excel, or PowerPoint files to turning existing paper or Word forms into fillable PDF forms, Acrobat XI is loaded with new features to help you:

  • Convert PDFs — Convert PDF files to editable Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files
  • Edit PDF files — Make fast, easy edits to text and images directly in PDF files
  • Create fillable PDF forms — Don’t waste time with inefficient paper or Word forms

Secure-O-Matic: Comedic Coaching in Information Technology

Hughes Trigg West Ballroom 10am

In this training, Information Security Officer George Finney uses a humorous approach to rethinking the security of your personal information. Do your habits of handling sensitive information guard it from snooping cyber criminals? Learn how you can keep your data safe with the most successful tool in information security, the Secure-O-Matic 9000. The best part is the tool is absolutely free! Save the date and join us for a fun and practical tune up of your security tools.

Adobe: New Features in CC

Hughes Trigg Forum 11am
The 2014 release of Creative Cloud includes all-new versions of your favorite desktop apps — including Photoshop, Illustrator, and Muse — with hundreds of new features and performance improvements. Do your best work more efficiently using the latest innovations and modern standards.

Sitecore Basics

Hughes Trigg West Ballroom 11am

Are you new to Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System? Are you a user, but you’re not using it regularly enough to remember how to use it? We can help. The Sitecore Basics class will cover everything you need to know to get started using Sitecore.

Topic Covered Include:

  • Logging in to Sitecore
  • Customizing your Toolbar
  • Creating New Pages.Uploading Media, such as PDF files and images
  • Inserting images into Pages
  • Linking to Pages and Media
  • Using Widgets
  • Staging your pages for review
  • How to preview your site
  • Making your content live

Adobe: Creating Student Portfolios

Hughes Trigg Forum 12pm

Join us as Adobe Trainer Scott Trudeau demonstrates how you can create a portfolio using InDesign and Acrobat. He will share tips and tricks on how to give your digital portfolio a competitive edge.

Outlook Productivity: Organizing Your Inbox for 2015

Hughes Trigg West Ballroom 12pm

Do you ever feel like you are drowning in email and need some strategies to reduce inbox clutter? Since we know it takes 21 days to develop new habits, the Outlook Productivity session is just in time for you to beef up your inbox and calendar skills before the start of the new year! In this session we will cover a number of time saving tips in Outlook 2013 to manage your electronic communications more effectively.

Learn how to:

  • Learn how to create quick steps to process mail in a timely manner
  • Minimize distractions by creating rules and alerts
  • Utilize task features including: categories, custom fields, view settings and more…

Getting LinkedIn:  Essentials for Building Your Personal Brand Online

Hughes Trigg Forum 1pm

In this workshop, Devon Skerritt, Assistant Director of Employer Relations at the Hegi Career Center, will discuss how to best develop your online brand using LinkedIn for networking and professional development.  You will take a tour through the LinkedIn profile and learn how to promote your experiences, network with other professionals, and identify professional opportunities.  Devon will discuss “What makes a LinkedIn profile stand out?” and offer suggestions for how to engage with content, ideas and people to cultivate your network.

Apple: iPad for the Classroom

Hughes Trigg West Ballroom 1pm
Delve into the breadth and depth of educational content available for both iPad and Mac. Learn about the Apps, Books, iTunes U materials, and the commercial iTunes content available for the classroom.

Social Media for the Workplace

Hughes Trigg Forum 2pm

Looking for ways to drive involvement with your social media? We are excited to announce that Steve Lee from SMU Communication Studies and the QSI Group, Katherine Nickles from Dedman College, Sarah Sage from the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, and Kathleen Tibbetts from the Office of Public Affairs will be sharing from their experience as marketing educators and professionals. Joins us to find out how you can make the most of social media when promoting your events and programs. 

New Media Streaming Services and Blackboard

Hughes West Ballroom 2pm

Lisa Daniels Wall, Fondren Library’s Media Collection Manager, and Bradley Boeke, OIT’s Director of Academic Technology Services, will demonstrate Central University’s Library’s recent media streaming services, Kanopy and Digital Campus, and how best to use these services in your classes through Blackboard. Kanopy, a leading distributor of online videos to colleges, provides a streaming platform and a broad catalog of over 26,000 streaming videos, representing more than 800 leading producers. Digital Campus provides legal access to feature films for instructional use. Join us to learn how you can get started now.