Blackboard News You Can Use – June 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 provide information about some updates and a new tool.

Updated Syllabus Templates

All course sections in Blackboard must provide a digital syllabus document to students. Templates for face-to-face and online course syllabi are available for you to download and customize with your information. To add a syllabus to your course section in Blackboard, see these instructions.

Changes to Teaching Style Customization

With the May 2018 update to Blackboard 9.1 release 3400, Course Themes and menu button styles have been discontinued and are no longer supported. By default, all courses will appear with course menus composed of white links on a black background and subheaders will appear in a bold white text. However, faculty may stylize their course by adding a course banner to the course’s entry point and by changing the background and link colors in the course menu. See these instructions to learn more.

Attendance Tool

Blackboard has released a new course tool that you can use to record student attendance for each class session and incorporate attendance into Grade Center calculations. A complete record of attendance can be downloaded from a course for the instructor’s records. To learn more, see this video and tutorial.

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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