Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshops 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.

For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly.

End of the Semester Process

During this one hour information session, faculty will review the End of Semester Process, the best practices for closing out their Spring 2017 courses. Topics covered will include: downloading grades; making courses unavailable; downloading an archive of each course taught; and working with personal masters.

Date & Time Location Leader
Thurs. May 11th,  2-3 PM South Campus, room A-135 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu

 

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Summer 2016 Courses before June 2nd

Summer 2016 Course Removal Coming Soon

If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process, download an archive and Grade Center file from each summer 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday June 2nd at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2017.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

End of Semester Tasks – Online Teaching Best Practices

At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is helpful for preserving a record of an instructor’s course content, Grade Center, and student work in an Archive file.

PLEASE NOTE! It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform the Archive process and download steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

Blackboard ‘End of the Semester Tasks’

At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process.  This process is necessary for preserving a full record of an instructor’s Blackboard course content, Grade Center, and student work for future reference because semester courses are deleted from Blackboard one year after the end of the semester. It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform these steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

If you do not have a “master copy” of each of the course’s you teach in Blackboard,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Tutorial Resources

 

Winter Blackboard Upgrade Coming Soon!

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MATC will be upgrading to Blackboard Learn 9.1, service pack April Release 2014 on December 30th through January 1st. During this time, Blackboard will be unavailable. Blackboard will become available again on January 2nd (unless otherwise communicated).

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO DO TO PREPARE?
As a part of the “end of semester” best practices, we strongly recommend that faculty perform the following tasks before the upgrade on December 30th:

IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR SAFEASSIGN USERS
Please be aware that with the upgrade, the SafeAssign feature will be integrated with Blackboard Assignments and will no longer be a separate content type. To prepare for this integration, please delay adding SafeAssignments to your spring 2015 courses until the upgrade is complete on January 2nd.

WHERE CAN YOU LEARN MORE ABOUT WHAT’S COMING?
Please see these resources to learn about the upgrade:

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