Blackboard News You Can Use – July 2018

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 offer a few updates and resources support your teaching practice.

There is Still Time to Learn About Blackboard this July

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard in their teaching are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this July at the Milwaukee Campus. Enroll in INFOnline today to claim your seat. See the Complete Summer 2018 Schedule for more Blackboard training opportunities.

Video Accessibility Resources

Per Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act and Quality Matters best practices for instruction, faculty who give instructional videos to students must offer closed captions or text transcripts of the video’s content. This is to make sure that students of all abilities can benefit from closed-captions.

Instructors who create their own instructional videos may host and caption them through YouTube.  Instructors using videos they did not create themselves may look for alternative videos that offer closed captions and transcripts.  See these sources of accessible videos that can be shared in Blackboard through links.

  1. NBC Learn Mashup Tool – Directly accessible from within a course in Blackboard, the NBC Learn Mashup tool provides over 21,000 videos with closed-captions that can be integrated with learning activities. Send your syllabus or a list of topics to the NBC Learn Curriculum Team at to receive a customized list of videos with descriptions to help you get started.
  2. Films on Demand – Through the MATC Library subscription to Films on Demand, faculty may access to over 6,000 high-quality digital videos that can be shared with students through links in Blackboard.

Sources of Free Images to Support Learning

Including relevant or engaging imagery in lesson plans can capture learner interest. According to Universal Design for Learning guidelines, images can also be used to represent information through multiple means that support perception and comprehension. To help faculty find free, high-quality, accessible images to join with course content in Blackboard, see these resources.

A 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 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

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