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Office of Information Technology

IT Training

Upcoming Workshops & Training

Online and On-Demand training is available for many of the services and software supported by the Office of Information Technology. For all other software, we do offer thousands of video training courses, available 24/7, through lyndaCampus. We have Training On-Demand available anytime for over a dozen SMU-specific trainings. Just click the sidebar link "OIT Training On-Demand" to get started. 

Training for Faculty and Staff

Instructor Led workshops are listed below.
All workshops will be held in Fondren Library East, Room 109 unless otherwise indicated.

Video Production & Editing Essentials

Classroom SupportNeed to create videos for your class or office? Don't know where to start? This class will show you what software and services are available to you as an SMU faculty/staff member as well as show you some of the basics of producing and editing your videos. You'll learn how to use programs like Zoom, Adobe Audition, and Adobe Premiere. We will also cover how to store your videos once completed. Length: 90 Minutes

Wednesday, September 27: 2:30-4:00 PM

Fondren Library East 109

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Adobe Acrobat Basics

Adobe Acrobat IconAdobe Acrobat is installed on almost every computer on campus, and you probably use it to view PDF files every day. Have you ever wanted to know more about what Acrobat can do? In this two-hour hands-on course, you'll learn more about creating PDF files, editing and formatting files, publication methods, and the basics on creating your own online forms. We will also cover why PDFs are a useful file format and different use cases for them. Length: 2 Hours

Wednesday, October 11: 9:00-11:00 AM

Fondren Library East 109

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Sitecore Basics

SitecoreSitecore is the underlying software that runs the SMU website. This session covers the basics of creating a web page from scratch within the updated Sitecore 8 interface. You will also learn how to work with links, images, and how to edit existing pages.

Monday, October 2: 9-10:30 AM

Fondren Library East 109

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Advanced Sitecore

Do you want to give your Sitecore pages that little something extra? 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 get it to shine. This class will cover how to spice up those pages by editing the CSS, or Cascading Style Sheets, and HTML. We will also look at using widgets to present content in different ways.

Monday, November 13: 2:30-4:00 PM

Fondren Library East 109

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Working with Wordpress

WordpressSMU utilizes WordPress as the blog hosting platform for faculty, staff, and student personal blogs as well as blogs for certain departments and organizations. In this class you will learn how to work with the WordPress system and discover how you can set up and administer your blog with ease.

Thursday, November 9: 1:00-2:30 PM

Fondren Library East 109

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Student Training

IT Training offers a limited number of training sessions every semester that students may attend free of charge. These sessions are offered independently or in conjunction with the Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center (A-LEC) Workshops. We invite you to join us at one of our upcoming sessions!

For all other software, we offer thousands of video training courses, available 24/7, through lyndaCampus.


A-LEC/OIT Workshops

These sessions are held in the A-LEC, located in the Loyd All-Sports Center suite 202.

Lynda.com: Your 24/7 Tutor & MOS Exams
Tuesday, August 29, 4:00 PM
Note-Taking & Organization
Tuesday, August 29, 4:30 PM
Note-Taking & Organization
Wednesday, September 6, 4:15 PM
Microsoft Office Certification Info Session
Monday, September 11, 5:30 PM
Note-Taking & Organization Wednesday, September 13, 4:15 PM
Intro to Excel (bring your laptop)
Tuesday, September 26, 4:00 PM
Excel Formulas (bring your laptop)
Monday, October 2, 4:15 PM
Excel PivotTables & Charts (bring your laptop) Wednesday, October 25, 4:15 PM

my.SMU Documentation and Training

Please visit the my.SMU service page for updated documentation.

Additional Resources

Lynda - Over 2000 courses and 104,000 tutorials.

Mactopia - Find product help for Microsoft Office for Mac.

Microsoft Office Online Training - Browse through hundreds of helpful tips on your favorite Microsoft products.

Statistical Training- Academic Technology provides training and consulting every semester. Visit for course descriptions and consulting services.
Note: Please click on the Statistical Consulting Tab on the Help page.

Sitecore Clinic


Have a Sitecore question?  Want hands-on help with a page edit, widget, form, or graphics?

Drop in anytime during our Sitecore Clinic. We’re here to help.

Clinic Times

 

October 11

Fondren Library East Computer Classroom 323
2:00 – 4:00 PM

November 14

Fondren Library East Computer Classroom 323
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Know Before You Go: If you’re brand new to Sitecore, or if it’s been a while, consider taking an introductory class so that we can better assist you.  In-person sessions and on-demand webinars are available.  Learn more about web publishing at SMU.