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IT Training

Upcoming Workshops & Training

Check below for the most up-to-date times for training sessions for the upcoming semester. Spring 2017 classes are currently being scheduled, so check often!

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. 

Also, IT Training will be promoting professional development through the month of January showcasing our learning partner  We will be celebrating Lynda Weinman’s birthday, founder of, all month long! Please see our recent post "Save the Date: Lynda’s Birthday Bash" to find out more.


Prepare for the spring semester and stop by our Canvas training courses! Whether you're completely new to Canvas, want to learn about a specific feature, or just need a refresher course, these classes are for you.

Faculty Boot Camps  Faculty members are invited to join us for Canvas Boot Camp classes on January 18 & 19. Click here for more information.

Intro to Canvas
Jan. 23, 1:00 PM
Mastering Modules
Jan. 25, 9:00 PM
Jan. 25, 10:00 PM
Canvas Course Set Up
Jan. 31, 1:00 PM
Canvas Assignments
Jan. 31, 2:00 AM
Canvas Intro
Feb. 7, 9:00 AM
Mastering Modules
Feb. 7, 10:00 AM
Canvas Assignments
Feb. 8, 2:00 PM
Canvas Course Set Up
Feb. 8, 3:00 PM
Canvas Quizzes
Feb. 10, 10:00 AM



We will be posting the dates and times for our spring 2017 hands-on Sitecore classes soon. Until then, we welcome you to view our recordings of our most recent online training sessions.

Sitecore Basics

Sitecore Advanced Tips & Tricks with HTML & CSS


Student Training Sessions

OIT Training holds several training sessions each semester specifically for the student body. Visit our blog for more information!

Upcoming A-LEC Sessions Your 24/7 Tutor Tuesday, January 31 4PM
Note-Taking & Textbook Reading Tuesday, January 31 4:30PM Your 24/7 Tutor Wednesday, February 8 4:15PM
Note-Taking & Textbook Reading Wednesday, February 8 4:45PM
Intro to Excel Monday, February 20 4:15PM
Excel Formulas & PivotTables Tuesday, February 28 3:30PM
Intro to Excel Thursday, March 23 4PM
Excel Formulas & PivotTables Wednesday, March 29 4PM

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

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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.