Blackboard News You Can Use – February 2021

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 online learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we share news about new features and 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 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 spring term. Additional special topic webinars will be provided by the Online Learning department – see the schedule and webinar links below to join. Additional webinars will be coming soon!

Session Topic Day Time Leaders Collaborate Room Link – Click to Join
Open Q&A!  Stumped in Bb?  Let us help Wednesday Feb. 10th 12- 1 PM E. Dischler
D. Olson
Dynamic Assignments Tuesday Feb. 16 12- 1 PM D. Bartley
Grade Center Management Friday Feb. 19 1 – 2 PM D.Bartley

Upcoming Training Courses

Enroll in professional development’s free 1 credit online courses to learn how to use Blackboard tools. See our Spring Training Course Schedule for additional offerings and instructions for registration.

Course Date & Time
Advanced Blackboard
Tuesdays March 2nd -16th, 5 PM – 8 PM; An additional 7 hours of coursework is required
Introduction to Blackboard
Saturday March 13th & 20th, 9 AM to 1 PM; an additional 8 hours of coursework is required

Technology Resources

The following tools are available to support remote teaching and learning in Blackboard. If you have questions about using these technologies, please contact

Using Assessments and the Grade Center in Blackboard

Faculty are strongly encouraged to use the assessment tools and grade center in Blackboard to collect student homework digitally and coordinate the delivery of feedback to students. See these resources to learn more about using these tools.


SmarterProctoring is MATC’s new online test proctoring tool for securing Blackboard exams. Faculty can customize an automated proctoring session with options for recording the student, locking down the browser, and verifying student identity through photo-ID. To learn more about using SmarterProctoring to protect high-stakes Blackboard exams, see these resources:

TechSmith Knowmia – For faculty and student use!

Faculty may use TechSmith Knowmia to support instruction and assessment. Students may log into Knowmia to record their own videos to share with you and fellow students and share videos of their own. This can be a great option for authentic assessments, such as speeches and projects. See these resources to learn more:

Resources to Support Your Move to Online Instruction

Faculty Support 
Student Support