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 Blackboard Training 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!
8 Week Course Conversion Workshop
Faculty interested in learning best practices in adding an 8-week option to teach your existing 16-week courses are invited to join the 8-Week Course Conversion Workshop. You will earn FQAS hours for participating in the workshop and completing the 8-week course option process. Join the workshop here on March 3rd at 5 PM, March 8th at 9 AM, and March 19th at 11 AM (All times CST). If you have questions about this opportunity, contact the Center for Teaching Excellence at email@example.com.
Open Educational Resources Week 2021
The Community College Consortium for OER (CCCOER) is offering a series of activities for Open Education Week from March 1st through March 5th, 2021. Visit the OER Week 2021 webpage to attend live sessions, view recorded webinars, and participate in online discussions. You will learn about OER basics, pedagogy, leadership, and how students benefit from OER adoption.
Upcoming Blackboard 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.
Submitting Progress Grades through Blackboard
Midterm progress grades are due on Friday, March 5th by 5 PM CST. To submit midterm progress grades, faculty use the Blackboard ILP Integration course tool within their semester sections. All faculty may use this tool, even if they haven’t used Blackboard to facilitate instruction. To learn more about using this tool, see our instructions, demonstration video, and FAQ.
Educational 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- First Time Faculty Guide to Using SmarterProctoring | Demonstration Video
- Student Guide to Accessing a Test through SmarterProctoring | Demonstration Video
Supporting Regular Substantive Communication
In an online course, regular communication occurs at frequent intervals throughout the semester. Substantive communication is instructor-initiated contact with students that creates opportunities for relevant discussion of academic topics or scaffold support. Review our Guide to Regular and Substantive Communication to learn how to use educational technology tools to engage and support students in learning.
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.
- Using Assessments and the Grade Center – Recorded Webinar
- Creating Assignments | How Students Submit Assignments | Grading Assignments
- Creating Tests | How Students Submit Tests | Reviewing/Grading Test Results
Resources to Support Your Move to Online Instruction
- Blackboard Support Guide
- Key Blackboard Resources for Online Teaching
- Quick Start Guide to Open Educational Resources
- Faculty Guide to Using Collaborate Ultra
- Google Meet Training & Support Resources
- Get Help Now – Virtual Student Services
- Alternative Course Access Guide
- Live Online Blackboard Orientation
- Internet Resources for Wisconsin Residents during Public Health Emergency