About Megan Hamilton

In my current role as an Educational Assistant in web enhanced learning, I provide high-level support to faculty in the use of Blackboard and other web-based software to enhance teaching and learning. I have served as one of MATC's Blackboard Administrators for 6 years and have 10 years of experience in web development/visual communications.

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

 

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.

Deterring Cheating in Proctored Exams with Respondus Lockdown Browser

This December, faculty may view a one hour training session on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to deter cheating on tests delivered through Blackboard. Please note that Respondus Lockdown Browser is a software program that is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Thurs. December 15th
12 PM – 1 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Wed. January 11th
1 PM – 2 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Thurs. January 19th
2 PM – 3 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

To help faculty identify more robust, effective strategies to deter cheating in online tests, we strongly recommend that faculty review these resources:

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops for November

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshop to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.

Grade Book Workshop

During this one hour session, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s Grade Center to create, share, and manage continuous grade feedback.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. November 14th, 12-1PM Mequon Campus, room B220 Stephanie Mckennie

What’s New in Blackboard and the End of Semester Process

During this one hour session, faculty will be introduced to the following Blackboard tools to support teaching and learning tasks: Date Management ; Course Reports ; Grade Center Color Codes; and the Qwickly Tools . Faculty will also review the End of Semester Process best practices for closing a course.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. November 16th, 12-1PM West Allis Campus, room 350 Erin Dischler

INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage Planned for Sunday November 6th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance on Sunday November 6th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 3:00 PM (Central).

During this time, the MATC Portal and INFOnline will not be available to faculty or students.

  • To access Blackboard, go to Blackboard.matc.edu directly to log in using your MATC network account.
  • To access your MATC Gmail, go to https://mail.google.com/  to log in using your full MATC email address and MATC network password.

Maintenance is Coming