Welcome back to a new semester and a new issue of Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through instruction with Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we review some updates and resources to help you prepare for the fall semester.
Blackboard Update Coming August 9th
On Thursday August 9th at 5:00 PM (CDT), Blackboard will undergo a cumulative update to correct several known issues. The process will complete in 24 hours with no expected downtime. We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3400.0.1 to version 3400.0.2. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation, icons, or tools will occur. See this guide to review the expected changes.
MATC Online Teaching Requirements & Training
The online teaching requirements have been updated in the Faculty Handbook Appendix, please review. The Teaching & Learning Technology team is here to support you in offering courses to help you satisfy the requirements. Contact Teaching and Learning Technology if you have questions.
There is Still Time to Learn Blackboard this Summer
There are still a few seats available in Professional Development’s free 1-credit training courses, where you can learn to use tools for assessment, collaboration, and more. Enroll via INFOnline today. More training courses will be available this fall. Watch your MATC Gmail for the schedule.
- COMPSW-197-451 “Introduction to Blackboard”: Tues. August 7th & 14th, 9 AM – 1 PM; Milwaukee Campus
- COMPSW-199-451 “Advanced Blackboard”: August 5th – 18th, online; 1-hour campus session required.
New Tool Spotlight: Introducing NBC Learn
We are proud to announce the availability of the NBC Learn tool in Blackboard, which faculty can use to provide students with over 21,000 engaging, accessible instructional videos. Every video is equipped with closed captions and a transcript. These resources enable faculty to add real-world case studies and current events to instructional content to keep students up-to-date on the latest developments in their fields. To learn more, see the First Time Guide to Using NBC Learn and these resources.
- Tips for Using NBC Learn
- Health & Medicine Subject Guide
- Business & Management Subject Guide
- U.S. History Subject Guide
- Arts & Humanities Subject Guide
Beginning of the Semester Resources
If you have returned from summer break, make sure that you can log into MATC workstations and applications with your MATC network account. If you experience a login problem, use the Online Password Manager to update your password or call the Help Desk at (414-297-6541). Only the Help Desk can assist with login problems.
Minimum Technology Requirements
Review the minimum technology requirements for using Blackboard to ensure that you have access to a compatible laptop or desktop computer.
All course sections in Blackboard must provide students with access to a digital version of a syllabus and each course section must be available by its start date. MS Word templates for face-to-face and online course syllabi are available for you to download and customize with your information.
- Syllabus Template Face to Face v8 5.3.18 (Word Document)
- Syllabus Template Online v8 5.3.18 (Word Document)
Course Preparation and Delivery Checklists
To help you prepare for teaching with Blackboard this fall, we have composed some brief task checklists with links to step-by-step tutorials. If you have questions about these tasks, contact the Blackboard Faculty Support team using the Contact Us Form.
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.