Webinar Opportunity – Effective Strategies to Prevent Cheating in Distance Learning Courses

 

Instructors who are concerned about preventing cheating in online courses are encouraged to attend a free 30-minute webinar provided through the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series.  You may register to view the webinar on your own computer through the link provided below.

Register Here:  http://bbbb.blackboard.com/bits-strategies-to-prevent-cheating

 

MATC Planned Internet Outage on Sunday February 5th

Information Technology has been informed by our Internet Service Provider that they require a brief (15 minute) maintenance window on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, to upgrade our Internet router. This will result in a loss of Internet connectivity from Midnight to roughly 12:15 a.m. this Sunday morning.

Note:  This will NOT affect access to the Blackboard Learning Management System as this is hosted offsite. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 414-297-6541.

Need Help with Sum Total? – Open Labs

Michelle Krueger, Manager of Training & Development is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by and attend one of the Open Labs listed below. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Thursday, January 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A120
Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Friday, January 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on MyMATC or Sumtotal. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact Michelle Krueger or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions.

Michelle Krueger
Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-7479

Webinar Opportunity – Literacy Tools through the Read&Write Google Extension

Faculty who are interested in supporting literacy learning are invited to attend a free 1 hour webinar introducing a Google Chrome extension called Read&Write. With this extension installed, students may use powerful tools to:

  • Hear text from PDF and Google Docs documents read aloud with on-screen highlighting
  • Access translations and definitions of text
  • Create and listen to notes directly in Google Docs
  • Receive predictive suggestions for word choice as they type

Webinar Details  

“Looking for Great Literacy Tools for ALL Students? Milwaukee Public Schools Share Their Story With Read&Write for Google”

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Tues. January 31st
3 PM to 4 PM (Central)
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

Winterim Faculty Guide to Preparing Courses

Because MATC’s campuses and support services are closed during the holiday break, we strongly advise faculty teaching Winterim semester courses to refer to these guidelines and resources.

Do Not Use Course Copy to Develop Courses

We strongly advise using the Archive and Import process of moving course materials from one section into another to avoid experiencing technical problems caused by Course Copy.

Support Resources

Faculty may use the tutorials and contact form on the Faculty Blackboard Support website.  Additional information to advise Winterim students is available here.

Students new to using Blackboard should review the Start Here page and Blackboard Student Orientation.  Students may use the tutorials and contact form on the Student Blackboard Support website.

Login Problems

Use the online Password Manager  to retrieve your login credentials or update an expired password.  If you can not use the Password Manager, create a ticket using the Help Desk’s online form to request assistance. The password to submit the request form is: MATC.

Resolving Common Technical Problems

  • Use the Browser Tester on Blackboard’s home page to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions.
  • Advise students using Google Chrome as their browser to update it to the latest version to prevent technical problems when taking tests in Blackboard.
  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.
  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use your course’s Student Preview Mode to see what students see.
  • For problems with publisher content, please contact your publisher’s technical support directly for assistance. We have compiled a list of publisher support resources here.