Blackboard News You Can Use – August 2019

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 share a few updates and reminders. Blackboard Has a New Look As faculty may remember from our May 2019 communications, MATC’s Blackboard home page and base […]

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Strategies for Active Learning

Students learn best when they are engaged in active, authentic learning experiences. Review these resources to discover strategies and tools for fostering active learning in your teaching practice. From Passive to Active Learning (Barucha, 2019) Three Active Learning Strategies You Can Do in 10 Minutes or Less (Honeycutt, 2018) 7 Things You Should Know About […]

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Getting Started with the New Blackboard

As faculty may remember from our May 2019 communications, MATC’s Blackboard home page and base navigation were updated with a modern, streamlined look over summer. See Understanding the Changes and this video overview to learn more about the new interface. Please note that your current courses have not changed, but you are invited to pilot Ultra Courses, a new form of course […]

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August BITS Webinars – Best Practices to Start Fall Semester

The Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinars are FREE 60-minute professional development webinars lead by educators from around the world to train fellow educators on teaching strategies that increase instructional efficiency and effectiveness with Blackboard. See the BITS schedule and register for August 2019 sessions here to view on your own. Each webinar is provided […]

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Best Practices for Developing Effective Multimedia Instructional Content

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a set of guidelines for designing instructional content and activities that engage students of diverse abilities. According to the UDL principle Multiple Means of Representation, faculty should integrate visuals with text or other media to support comprehension and perception. However, there are several research-based best practices for designing multimedia content for effective […]

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