Welcome back to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we provide a few reminders about end of the semester tasks and a few updates.
Final Grades are Due by Friday, May 25th 5:00 PM CST
Per the Registrar’s Office, please submit final course grades by May 25th 5:00 PM CST. After this time, the Registrar’s Office will make final grading submission temporarily unavailable.
During the timeframe that grading is available, faculty may choose to submit final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline using the ILP Integration tool located within their courses. All faculty may use this convenient tool if desired. To learn more about using this tool, see the First Time Guide to Assigning Final Grades through Blackboard or view our video tutorials. Additional information about this tool is available in the FAQ.
Routine Blackboard Update to Occur Friday, May 25th After 6 PM CST
After the final grading period closes, Blackboard will undergo routine maintenance to update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. The update process will take approximately 24 hours to complete with no expected downtime.
We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3300 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3400. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur.
At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is helpful for preserving a record of an instructor’s course content, Grade Center, and student work in an Archive file.
For a video demonstration of each step in the process, see this playlist.
A Friendly Reminder About Printing Services
Did you know that you can send your classroom handouts e.g., syllabi to Print Services?
Print requests from instructors can be sent to print services through interoffice mail, dropped off in person Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., placed in the drop box after hours or sent via email at email@example.com, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.
Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.
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On Friday, May 25th after 6:00 PM CST, Blackboard will undergo routine maintenance to update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. The update process will take approximately 24 hours to complete with no expected downtime.
Questions about the update can be sent to Distance Learning by completing the Contact Us form.
We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3300 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3400. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation, icons, or tools will occur, but the following enhancements and fixes to known issues will occur.
Blackboard has released a new course tool that you can use to record student attendance for each class session and incorporate attendance into Grade Center calculations. To learn more, see this tutorial.
Blackboard’s visual look and feel will be updated to the Bb Learn 2016 system theme. This theme will apply a sleek mobile-responsive design to improve page accessibility and navigation. The following changes will occur:
With the Bb Learn 2016 theme, instructors will now be able to:
Fixes to Known Issues
A file submission failure message preventing file uploads to process successfully when using Safari 11 has been resolved with this release.
Updates to Browser Support
Please make sure that you are using one of the following compatible web browsers. If you are unsure if your browser is supported, use the Blackboard Browser Checker.
Google Chrome 49+
Mozilla Firefox 48+
Internet Explorer 11+
WileyPLUS Planned Maintenance
May 19, 4:30 – 6:15 CST
Dear WileyPLUS User,
Wiley continues to fine-tune WileyPLUS. On Saturday, May 19th, they will be updating their system. As a result, WileyPLUS will be unavailable from 4:30 – 6:00 AM CST.
They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact your WileyPLUS Customer Success Specialist or send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are a student, please use our 24/7 Live Chat at http://hub.wiley.com/
WileyPLUS, Product Manager
Please urge your students to complete a course evaluation for your course. Students have received an email with a link to the evaluation, and they have a “Take Survey button” on the homepage of the Blackboard site for your course.
The evaluations remain open until midnight on May 21.