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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.


Adobe Acrobat Essentials

Adobe 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 one-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.
(1 hr)

Friday, March 24, 10:00 a.m.

Register

Thursday, April 6, 10:00 a.m.

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Appspace

Appspace

Appspace for Beginners

This course is for users new to the Appspace digital signs on campus. In this webinar, we introduce you to the basics of creating a sign, saving content from PowerPoint for the digital sign, adding content, and managing your digital sign.
(30 min)

Webinar: Thursday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.

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Appspace for Designers

This course is for users who are fa.m.iliar with the Appspace digital signs on campus. In this webinar, we cover using widgets, using multiple media zones, scheduling content, and sharing content between multiple signs.
(1.5 hr)

Webinar: Thursday, February, 23, 2:00 p.m.

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Box

Box

In this 30 minute webinar, you'll learn how to log into SMU's Box cloud storage service as well as how to manage your files. We'll also show you tips on how to collaborate and share documents to make tea.m.work easier.
(30 min)

Webinar: Monday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.

Register 


Mastering Digital Notetaking with OneNote

Bring your notes into the digital realm using Microsoft OneNote! Included within Microsoft Office,OneNote enables you to make your notes more organized, effective, and searchable. This training session helps you with getting started in OneNote by creating notebooks, formatting information, searching for content, and of course taking notes. You'll also learn about OneNote's cloud capabilities using OneDrive and mobile apps so you will always have your notes handy.
(60 minutes)

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.

Register 

 


Excel

Intro to Excel

Are you new to Excel, or do you use it rarely? This foundational course will introduce you to the basics of Excel. We'll explore the ins-and-outs of workbook management including data entry and shortcut tips. You'll also get up to speed with the 5 basic Excel Functions (sum, average, count, max, and min) and learn how to create simple bar and pie charts.
(1hr)

Friday, February 24, 10:30 a.m.

Register 

Exploring Excel Functions & Pivot Tables

Do you have the basics of Excel but want to dive a little deeper? Join us as we explore more advanced functions including using functions for formatting text, IF logic, and H and VLOOKUP functions. You'll learn tips and tricks when working with tables, and gain hands-on experience with Pivot Tables and Charts.
(2 hrs)

Thursday, March 30, 10:00 a.m. - FULL

Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.

Register 


PowerPoint & Sway

Enhancing Your Presentations through PowerPoint & Sway

Could your presentations use a little pizazz? Join us for this 1 hour webinar full of tips and tricks and practical guidelines for any PowerPoint presentation. We'll also introduce you to Sway, Microsoft's storytelling application. Learn how to access it and create quality presentations effortlessly.
(1 hr)

Webinar: Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.

Register 


Sitecore

Sitecore

Sitecore for Content Editors

This basic hands-on training course for the is tailored for those on campus who may not be designing pages from the ground up, but who need to update, add, or remove information from web pages. Learn how to enter information, upload and insert images, links to other pages, and how to navigate the Sitecore interface. No prior experience in Sitecore is required.
(1.5 hrs)

Thursday, February 16, 9:30 a.m.

Register 

Tuesday, April 4, 2:00 p.m.

Register 

Sitecore for Designers

Are you ready to take your web pages beyond the basics? Sitecore, SMU’s Web Content Management System, does much of the work in creating your pages, but sometimes it needs a little wrangling to get it to shine. This session is for more advanced users of Sitecore. We will cover how to spice up those pages by editing the CSS and HTML. We will also look at using widgets to present content in different and interesting ways.

Thursday, March 2, 2:00 p.m.

 Register 

Wednesday, April 26, 2:00 p.m.

Register

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

The following sessions are located in the Loyd All-Sports Center.

Lynda.com: Your 24/7 Tutor

Tuesday January 31 4 p.m.
Note-Taking & Textbook Reading
(OIT’s digital presentation followed by A-LEC’s note taking skills workshop)
Tuesday January 31 4:30 p.m.
Lynda.com: Your 24/7 Tutor Wednesday February 8 4:15 p.m.
Note-Taking & Textbook Reading Wednesday February 8 4:45 p.m.
Intro to Excel Monday February 20 4:15 p.m.
Excel Formulas & PivotTables Tuesday February 28 3:30 p.m.
Intro to Excel Thursday March 23 4 p.m.
Excel Formulas & PivotTables Wednesday March 29 4 p.m.

Note: All other "general" sessions shown below are held in Fondren Library East, Room 109 unless otherwise indicated.


Box

In this 30 minute webinar, you'll learn how to log into SMU's Box cloud storage service as well as how to manage your files. We'll also show you tips on how to collaborate and share documents to make teamwork easier. (30 min)

Webinar: Monday, March 6, 2:30 p.m.

Register 


Mastering Digital Notetaking with OneNote

Bring your notes into the digital realm using Microsoft OneNote! Included within Microsoft Office,OneNote enables you to make your notes more organized, effective, and searchable. This training session helps you with getting started in OneNote by creating notebooks, formatting information, searching for content, and of course taking notes. You'll also learn about OneNote's cloud capabilities using OneDrive and mobile apps so you will always have your notes handy. (60 minutes)

Tuesday, February 21, 2:00 p.m.

Register 


Excel

Intro to Excel

Are you new to Excel, or do you use it rarely? This foundational course will introduce you to the basics of Excel. We'll explore the ins-and-outs of workbook management including data entry and shortcut tips. You'll also get up to speed with the 5 basic Excel Functions (sum, average, count, max, and min) and learn how to create simple bar and pie charts. (1hr)

Friday, February 24, 10:30 am

Register 

Exploring Excel Functions & Pivot Tables

Do you have the basics of Excel but want to dive a little deeper? Join us as we explore more advanced functions including using functions for formatting text, IF logic, and H and VLOOKUP functions. You'll learn tips and tricks when working with tables, and gain hands-on experience with Pivot Tables and Charts. (2 hrs)

Thursday, March 30, 10:00 am

Register 

Tuesday, April 18, 1:00 p.m.

Register 


Enhancing Your Presentations through PowerPoint & Sway

Could your presentations use a little pizazz? Join us for this 1 hour webinar full of tips and tricks and practical guidelines for any PowerPoint presentation. We'll also introduce you to Sway, Microsoft's storytelling application. Learn how to access it and create quality presentations effortlessly. (1 hr)

Webinar: Tuesday, March 21, 1:00 p.m.

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.

Tutorials

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

 

Financials.SMU Training

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

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 Office Hours


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

Drop in anytime or schedule an appointment for our Sitecore Office Hours. We’re here to help.

March Schedule

March 1 2 - 4 p.m.
March 8 2 - 4 p.m.
March 15 By appointment only.
March 22 2 - 4 p.m.
March 29 2 - 4 p.m.

Location March 1: Fondren Library East 323
Location all other days: Fondren Library East 109 Classroom

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.

This is a pilot program.  We will continue to offer drop-in sessions in the future on a to-be-determined basis.