Faculty Guides

Our list of faculty guides is updated daily!  Check this page often for new information about online instruction.

Overview Guides

Time Zone Reminder:

SMU’s schedule of classes must be held at the same schedule time as the class is held on the physical SMU campus.  All class start times and end times will continue to be on Central Standard Time (CST)

For more information, please see Canvas Time Zone Reminder.

OIT Tech Guides


Accessing Computer Labs

Assignments, Exams, and project


Other Tools and Resources

Please Note:
A Canvas LMS training course is now available to all faculty.  The can be accessed at smu.edu/canvas. It is simply another option for learning how to use canvas.
Lockdown Browser/Monitor Testing Resources

Respondus has put together a set of resources that we encourage you to share with administrators, trainers, and instructors.

Daily Training Webinars with LIVE Q&A

SMU faculty can participate in daily training webinars for LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor: web.respondus.com/webinars/. The trainings are about 45 minutes, with an extended Q/A period where questions are answered live. The trainings are an amazingly effective way at getting instructors quickly up-and-running with these applications. Register Now.

Rapid Rollout Guide for Instructors

The essential information for using Respondus Monitor with online exams is available on the Rapid Rollout (for Instructors) page.

Create a Practice Exam

Have students take a practice exam with Respondus Monitor to ensure their computer, webcam and Internet are working properly. Allow students more than one attempt on the quiz so they can try the practice exam whenever their device or networking environment changes

24/7 Live Chat

Remember that students can access built-in troubleshooting and live chat from within Respondus Monitor if they encounter a technical problem. You can find more resources for students, including how to access Live Chat, on the Respondus Student Resources site.