Blackboard News You Can Use – March 2020

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.

Preparing to Scale Online Teaching and Learning During COVID-19 – Free Webinar Event

On Tuesday, March 10th at 12:00 CDT,  Blackboard will host a free 90-minute webinar to share best practices for transitioning instruction to an online environment in the event of natural disasters or other crises. To register and view the webinar on your own, click hereFor faculty who wish to prepare lectures, activities, and assessments for online delivery in the event of an emergency school closure, we recommend reading these resources; if you have questions, contact

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.

Game-based Learning for Engagement and Assessment

Game-based learning is the use of games to instruct students and assess learning through performance against low-stakes challenges that test one’s knowledge, skills, or attitude. Game-based learning can be integrated with curriculum through the creation of short self-scoring formative assessments that provide immediate feedback and that scaffold the development of knowledge or skill through situated practice in realistic scenarios. Instructors can create their own educational games and simulations through the following free web-based tools. Creating a game is as simple as filling out a template and sharing a link to the game with students.

  • Quia – A simple tool for creating flashcards, crossword puzzles, and matching games.
  • Flippity – Google Sheet templates for creating quiz shows, leaderboards, click-and-drag manipulatives, and more.
  • Muzzy Lane Author – A tool to create simulation games with branching scenarios and multimedia elements.
  • WISC Online Game Builder – Build your own arcade-style games using templates.

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-197-601  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.

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