Students: Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming at End of December

On December 30th 12:01 AM CST through January 1st, MATC’s Blackboard Learning Management System will be unavailable to faculty and students so that a maintenance upgrade can be performed. Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

  JTERM STUDENTS
We apologize for the disruption of Blackboard availability during JTerm.  When planning for the annual upgrade, this was the best time based on contract and services.

  WHAT WILL BE DIFFERENT?
The routine maintenance will update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. Although the way Blackboard looks and how you will use its tools will not change, there will be a few slight enhancements to tools you commonly use:

  WHERE CAN I GO TO LEARN MORE ABOUT USING BLACKBOARD?
Students are encouraged to attend a Live Blackboard Orientation Session at their nearest campus or view the Online Blackboard Orientation at the beginning of the semester to review basic Blackboard navigation and how to use the Assignment, Test, and Discussion tools.

If you have questions, please use the Student Support Contact Us form.

Echo 360 Active Learning Event Coming December 4th!

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Come check out a great active learning tool that helps both faculty and students! Faculty are invited to attend any of the following drop-in sessions to learn how Echo 360 can create more effective and engaging learning experiences for students.

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December 4th, 2014
9:30 AM – Noon  (Faculty focused presentations)
1:00 – 3:30 PM (Student focused presentations)

  • Milwaukee Campus – Room S116
  • Mequon Campus – TBD
  • Oak Creek Campus – TBD
  • West Allis Campus – 345

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Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon!

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MATC will be upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, service pack April Release 2014 on December 30th through January 1st. During this time, Blackboard will be unavailable. Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
As a part of the “end of semester” best practices, we strongly recommend that faculty perform the following tasks before the upgrade on December 30th:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SAFEASSIGN USERS
Please be aware that with the upgrade, the SafeAssign feature will be integrated with Blackboard Assignments and will no longer be a separate content type. To prepare for this integration, please delay adding SafeAssignments to your spring 2015 courses until the upgrade is complete on January 2nd.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING?
Please see these resources to learn about the upgrade:

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Scheduled Network Outage Coming – Friday December 26th

Per the IT department, on December 26th, 2014 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CST, there will be a scheduled network outage. This is  to allow MATC IT and Operations staff to perform maintenance on electrical systems.  

During this time, the following services will be unavailable:

  • MATC phone lines
  • MATC Internet connectivity or access to MATC websites via VDI Remote Access
  • Blackboard
  • INFOnline/COSMO
All systems will be available after 4:00 PM CST.

Embed Films on Demand Video in Your Course

Through MATC’s subscription to Films on Demand, instructors can have access to an up-to-date, cross-curricular library of over 6,000 high quality digital videos. Videos can be shown to students by sharing a URL Web address linking to a particular video or by embedding the video directly within a page in your online course.

To get video embedding options that are supported by our Blackboard learning management system, instructors are encouraged to create and customize their very own Films on Demand account using these instructions.  Continue reading