Blackboard News You Can Use – January 2018

Blackboard Blackboard News You Can Use


Welcome 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 review resources to help you get started in your Spring 2018 courses and announce a new type of assignment tool.

Preparing for Spring Semester

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 tools.

To prepare courses in Blackboard, review the tasks and tutorials in our Beginning of the Semester Checklist. If you have questions about using Blackboard, contact your campus Faculty Support Liaison for personal consultation.

Standards for Online Delivery

Instructors who teach online classes at MATC are expected to adhere to the following best practices guidelines for delivering effective instruction that supports student success.

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 drop box 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.

New Tool Available – Qwickly Jot Assignments

A new tool for creating visual assignments called Qwickly Jot is now available in Blackboard. Through this tool, you can create a digital assignment that requires learners to annotate an image that you provide, such as a diagram, chart,  or map. Once the student submits the annotated image, the instructor can grade it and assign feedback comments through Blackboard’s Grade Center tools.

Do you have questions about these tools or how to implement them to support your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.

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