Blackboard News You Can Use – September 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 news and reminders about resources to support your teaching practice.

Faculty Training and Support 

The faculty liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions and assistance. See the Faculty Liaison Schedule for their availability to meet online for consultations. 

Upcoming Training Courses

Enroll in professional development’s free 1 credit online courses to learn how to use Blackboard tools. See our full schedule for course details and how to register.

Course Date/Time
ZERD-198-801 Intermediate Blackboard 9.x 9/8 – 9/17,  5:00 – 7:00 PM Online
ZERD-197-801 Introduction to Blackboard 9.x 9/16 -9/22, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Online

Upcoming Webinars

In addition to our training courses, faculty are invited to attend a series of free Remote Instruction Webinars that will be provided by the Blackboard Company throughout the fall term. 

Additional special topic webinars will be provided by MATC Faculty Support Liaisons this semester. Before you join a session, review the First-Time Guide to Using Collaborate to prepare your technology. On the appointed date and time, click on a provided webinar link and enter your full name to join a session!

Session Topic Date/Time Link to Join – Just Click!
Best Practices for Setting up and Utilizing Blackboard Collaborate Wed. 9/9 4:00 – 5:00 PM

Hot Topics

Finding Your Fall Sections in Blackboard

To find your fall sections when you are logged into Blackboard’s Courses page, either set the term at the top of the page to “Fall – 2020” or navigate to the “Upcoming Courses” section; see the Guide to Searching the Courses Page for details.

Making Courses Available to Students in Blackboard

Course sections in Blackboard are now assigned calendar start-dates reflective of the start-dates in INFOnline. Faculty may release their courses to students earlier than their scheduled start-dates by following our updated course availability instructions – see page 2.

Getting Started with TechSmith Knowmia – Our New Instructional Video Tool!

Faculty and students may use TechSmith Knowmia to record, caption, and share instructional videos.  Knowmia videos include tools for supporting and monitoring student engagement, including analytics, quizzing, and conversations. To learn how to get started with the product, see the linked resources below.  Additional training is available through the Knowmia Webinar Series.

Getting Started with Collaborate Ultra

Faculty may use Collaborate Ultra to meet with students online for synchronous lectures or office hours. Please see these resources to use this tool in your courses.

Resources to Support Your Move to Online Instruction

Faculty Support 

Student Support


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