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Office of Information Technology

IT Training

Upcoming Workshops & Training

Online 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.  

Canvas: An Introduction

CanvasThis 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. (90 minutes session)

Courses will begin in January 2016 and run through August 2016. The following workshops are slated through the end of June.

These courses are walk in sessions. Registration required only for webinars.

If after 15 minutes, the class will be cancelled if no participants have shown.

Upcoming Sessions:

Friday April 1 1:30PM Crow 186
Monday April 11 2:30PM Crow 186
Monday April 11 4:30PM Crow 186
Wednesday April 20 10:30AM Crow 186
Thursday April 28 10:30AM Crow 186
Friday May 6
1:30PM Crow 186
May 9
2:30PM Crow 186
Monday May 9
4:30PM  Crow 186
May 20
10:30AM Hughes Trigg Atriums A-B 
May 24
2:00PM Hughes Trigg Atriums A-B
May 25
Webinar Registration
June 3
1:30PM Crow 186
Monday June 6
Hughes Trigg Atriums A-B
June 13
Webinar Registration
June 23
Webinar Registration
Feel free to bring your laptop for an opportunity for hands on instruction. 

Note: Crow 186 is a computer lab.


Introduction to Excel

This foundational course will introduce you to the basics of working with Excel. In this workshop, you'll learn:

  • Basic Workbook Management
  • Data Entry Tips
  • Excel Shortcuts
  • Discover Auto-fill and Flash Fill
  • Use Format Painter
  • Format Workbooks & Spreadsheet
  • Learn the 5 Basic Formulas (SUM, AVERAGE, COUNT, MAX and MIN)
  • Create Cell References
  • Insert and Format Bar and Pie Charts
  • Explore Freeze Pane Options

Upcoming Sessions:


April 27 - 9:00 - 10:30AM   Register
May 4 - 9:00 - 10:30AM  Register
May 4 - 1:00 - 2:30PM  Register

Excel 2013: Understanding Formulas and Pivot Tables

ExcelWe’ll kick off this workshop with a quick review of basic formulas and order of operations. Next, we’ll explore more advanced features such as:

  • Concatenating text
  • Using IF logic
  • Working with VLOOKUP
  • Creating Pivot Tables
  • Formatting and Filtering Data
  • Working with Pivot Charts *
  • 4 easy steps to keep the leading zero in your worksheet and more!
Note: We recommend that you are familiar with the topics covered in our Introduction to Excel course prior to enrolling in this session.

Upcoming Sessions:

May 5 - 2:00 - 4:00PM
May 6 - 9:00 - 11:00AM Register
May 10 - 9:00 - 11:00AM Register
May 10 - 2:00 - 4:00PM  Register
May 11 - 9:00 - 11:00AM Register

Using Appspace 5

AppspaceA trainer from Appspace will be on campus to show what's new with Appspace (formerly Nexus On-Demand) and answer questions about using the updated software.(120 minutes)

Upcoming Sessions:

May 5 - 10AM Register

my.SMU Training

Security and training for my.SMU (formerly Access.SMU) must first be approved by the Registrar’s Office or appropriate Module Lead. Managers may request security and training for their employee by submitting a Help Desk ticket. Please note, for security purposes the Training Team can only accept my.SMU training requests via the Help Desk ticket system. Instructions for selecting the appropriate form can be found here. Once the Training Team has received approval to train on my.SMU, we will schedule the appropriate in-person or online training.


my.SMU Administrative Tutorials

Over 80 web based tutorials used for Academic Advising, Admissions, Campus Community, Financial Aid, Student Financials and Student Records.

my.SMU Self Service Tutorials 

Contains over 50 step-by-step guides and tutorials for Faculty, Staff and Students. Staff will find the TIMEaccess resources helpful. Faculty information on Gradebook, processing grades, and advising is available. Students can access instructions for enrolling, updating personal information and viewing academic and financial information.

TIMEaccess: Bi-Weekly Supervisor

Train now.


SMU Financials Tutorials

SMU Financials- 20 web based tutorials used for Getting Started, Set-up and Defaults; Searching for Vendors, Vouchers, and Payments; Journals; and Additional Links: Accounting Concepts and Tips. 

Online Systems Training

SMU Financials

Before SMU Financials training can be taken an account request form must be submitted by your Financial Officer on your behalf. You’ll need to have your FO open a help desk ticket. They will need to complete the following items:

  • Under IT Forms select Account Request
  • select employee accounts,
  • select Financial Accounts
  • select New SMU Financials Account.


Once the managers of the Financial system receive the ticket, they will send it to us indicating which type of financials training you need.


Additional Resources

Blackboard Online Learning Center (Courses.SMU)- Features online tutorials, instructional videos and other learning resources on how to use Blackboard's current Learning Management system.

Courses.SMU- Our homepage for Courses.SMU help and training

Inside.SMU - Over 75 training links providing a combination of instructional videos and illustrations.

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.