Blackboard News You Can Use – August 2019

Blackboard Online Campus 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 a few updates and reminders.

Blackboard Has a New Look

As faculty may remember from our May 2019 communications, MATC’s Blackboard home page and base navigation were updated with a modern, streamlined look. See Understanding the Changes and this video overview to learn more about the new interface. Current courses have not changed, but you are invited to pilot Ultra Courses, a new form of course design; contact to join.

To get started with Blackboard, follow these helpful tips.

Best Practices for Blackboard Use

All faculty are required to upload a current syllabus to each fall section and make sections available to students. See our Best Practices for All Course Sections guide for more tips to support student success.

Faculty Support

See our updated Faculty Support Guide for important information about training courses, faculty support liaison contact information, and more. This fall, a new team member is available to support faculty, instructional designer Dr. Mark Benedict; contact him at for instructional support and course reviews.

Blackboard Training Courses and Webinars are Available

For in-depth training, faculty complete Professional Development’s free 1-credit Blackboard courses. See the Fall 2019 Blackboard Training Course Schedule for details.

Faculty are invited to view the following free live or recorded webinars provided by Blackboard experts to learn about improving instructional efficiency and effectiveness with Blackboard tools. To register for a webinar, click on the provided links.

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, 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.

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 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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