Blackboard News You Can Use – February 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 a few resources and reminders to support your teaching practice.

A Reminder: All Spring Course Sections Must Contain a Syllabus and Be Available to Students

Per college leadership, all faculty are required to post a syllabus to each of their courses in Blackboard and to make their courses are available to students.  Faculty teaching face-to-face courses are strongly encouraged to support student success by using Blackboard’s communication, content sharing, and grade feedback toolsInstructors who teach online classes at MATC are expected to adhere to the following best practices guidelines for delivering effective instruction that supports student success.

Do You Have Questions About Using Blackboard: The Faculty Instructional Support Liaisons are Here to Help!

The faculty liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions and assistance.  They can also answer general questions regarding WIDS and course outcome summaries. See their schedule for their availability to consult one-on-one in your campus Faculty Resource Center.

Alternative Ways to Conduct Class in the Event of Snow Days or Other Closures

In the event of inclement weather or other emergencies, faculty may prepare alternative means for delivering instruction to students remotely. Please see the Instructional Contingency Plan document to review strategies for conducting lectures, activities, and assessments online. If you have questions about using Blackboard or Collaborate Ultra to deliver instruction, please contact your campus’s faculty support liaison for one-on-one consultation or send an email to

Engage Students with Instructional Video through NBC Learn

NBC Learn is a collection of more than 21,000 high-quality closed-captioned news clips and educational programs that can integrate with teaching materials or discussion activities in Blackboard. Take advantage of NBC Learn’s Curriculum Alignment Service to find resources that fit your course by sending your syllabus to The NBC Curriculum Team will return a document with links and summaries of related videos.

Best Practices for Creating and Taking Tests

If you plan to implement testing through Blackboard, we recommend reviewing these resources to follow test-design best practices and to support student success in online testing.

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses: Intro 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. Register through INFOnline or visit your campus Welcome Center for assistance.

ZERD-197-600 Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended
Thursdays, March 5th and 12th, 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

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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