Blackboard News You Can Use – December 2019

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 a few updates and reminders.

Career Essentials Reminder

Faculty should now be assessing student attainment of MATC’s Career Essentials learning outcomes using Blackboard. If you have not already done so, set up Career Essentials assessment in your courses and talk to your students about Career Essentials. If you have questions about setting up your Blackboard for assessment, including attaching the Career Essentials rubric and aligning to an institutional goal, see the tutorial linked above and contact your campus Faculty Support Liaison for consultation.

Final Grades Due December 27th

Final grades are due by December 27th, 2019 5:00 PM. To submit final grades through Blackboard ILP Integration, see the first time guide, video demonstration, and FAQ.

Upcoming Faculty Innovation Center Workshops

All MATC faculty are invited to attend Blackboard workshops to qualify for 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!  To receive credit, keep track of your participation hours to report to FQAS. Watch your MATC Gmail for announcements about additional workshop topics offered at outlying campuses!

  • Using the ILP Tool to Submit Final Grades
    Wednesday, December 4th, 12:00-1:00 PM, West Allis Campus, room 350
    Leader: Erin Dischler |
  • Using the ILP Tool to Submit Final Grades
    Wednesday, December 11th, 2:00-3:00 PM, room M201, Milwaukee Campus
    Leader: Danica Olson |
  • End of the Semester Processes
    Thursday, December 12th, 2019, 12:15-1:15 PM, room B165, Oak Creek Campus
    Leader: Doni Bartley |
  • Tools and Best Practices for Providing Closed Caption Videos
    Friday, December 13th*, 9:00-10:30 AM, Milwaukee Campus, room M201A OR attend by webcast
    Leader: FIC Staff | Click Here to Register.
    (*December 6th session has been canceled).

For recorded webinar topics you may view on your own, see the Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series Archives.

End of the Semester Best Practices

At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of simple tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is critical for preserving a record of an instructor’s course content, Grade Center, and student work in an Archive file for future reference.  See this video playlist for a short demonstration of these tasks.

Preparing for Winterim Courses

Because MATC’s campuses and support services are closed during the holiday break, we strongly advise faculty teaching Winterim semester courses to refer to the linked resources and tips in the Winterim Faculty Support Guide. If you have questions about preparing your course in Blackboard, Contact Faculty Support as soon as possible.

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 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 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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