Blackboard News You Can Use – January 2020

Blackboard Blackboard News You Can Use

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 helpful resources and reminders to help you get prepared for the spring semester.

Finding Your Spring 2020 Courses

Once you are assigned sections in INFOnline, they are pushed to Blackboard through an automated process. All of your assigned sections will appear on Blackboard’s Courses page. Review our guide to Searching and Editing the Course List for helpful tips for navigating and customizing your course list.  

Course Preparation Best Practices

Per college leadership, all faculty are required to post a syllabus to each of their courses on Blackboard and to make their courses are available to students. To prepare courses in Blackboard, review the tasks and tutorials in our Beginning of the Semester ChecklistFaculty teaching face-to-face courses are strongly encouraged to support student success by using Blackboard’s communication, content sharing, and grade feedback tools. Instructors who teach online classes at MATC are expected to adhere to the following best practices guidelines for delivering effective instruction that supports student success. If you have questions about using Blackboard, contact your campus Faculty Support Liaison for a personal consultation.

Support Resources for Students

As faculty, you have access to instructional technology resources to support your teaching. Did you know that students have access to support resources as well? Review the Student Support Resources and share them with your students. For example, you can add links to the directions to submit an assignment, use the discussion board, online test-taking, and accessing
academic support resources and more to your courses. Students with questions about online learning may contact distancelearning@matc.edu.

Upcoming Blackboard Training Classes

Are you looking for training in the use of Blackboard to support teaching and learning? Enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses at the Milwaukee campus. Seats are limited, register online at INFOnline today! 

Introduction to Blackboard

Perfect for beginners! Take this course to learn the basics of adding content, assessments, and activities to a course. In addition to uploading a syllabus, you will learn how to create a Career Essentials Assessment, use simple communication tools, and perform regular course management tasks.

ZERD-197-600 Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended
Thursdays, February 6th & February 13th, 4 PM – 8 PM and online, Room M458
Instructor: Kameal Love                                         

ZERD-197-601  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended
Saturdays, March 14th and 21st, 2019, from 8 am to 12 pm, and online, Room M458  
Instructor: Doni Bartley

ZERD-197-602  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended
Thursdays, April 16th and 23rd, 4 PM – 8 PM and online, Room M458  
Instructor: Erin Dischler

Intermediate Blackboard

Take your basic Blackboard skills to the next level by learning about enhanced communication, assessment, and grading features. Topics covered include: wikis and blogs; SafeAssign plagiarism detection; online tests and surveys; and grade center management.

ZERD-198-600  Intermediate Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended          
Thursdays, April 30th and May 7th, 4 PM – 8 PM and online, Room M458
Instructor: Erin Dischler  

ZERD-198-601  Intermediate Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended              
Saturdays, April 18th and 25th, 8 AM – 12 PM and online, Room M458
Instructor: Doni Bartley

Advanced Blackboard

Learn how to use advanced Blackboard features to monitor student performance and implement strategies to support success. Topics include: course design best practices with Quality Matters; student performance evaluation tools; alternative format assessments; collaboration tools inside and outside the LMS; interactive grading rubrics; and deterring cheating in online tests.

ZERD-199-600 Advanced Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours)
Online May 10th  through May 17th; One-hour synchronous online session required.


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 dropbox after hours or sent via email at printservices@matc.edu, 24 hours a day/7 days a week. Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provides print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis, and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.

FIC Equipment Checkout

Did you know that you can check out a laptop or iPad for instructional use for a period of 14 days? For questions, send an email to tltdept@matc.edu. To request equipment, complete the FIC Equipment Checkout Request Form. The FIC is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M201.


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