Blackboard News You Can Use – November 2019

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 updates and reminders.

Best Practices for Supporting Student Success

The Blackboard  Faculty Support Site has many resources for faculty including this document on What Faculty Can Do to Support Student Success.  Topics include the use of communication and multimedia tools, using reflection and collaboration tools,  collecting assignments and attendance using the grade book, and more.

Instructional Videos Shared with Students Must Have Closed Captions

Per MATC’s Closed Caption Policy and the Americans with Disabilities Act’s requirements, faculty who share instructional videos with students must make sure that they are accompanied by closed captions. The resource guide contains tool tutorials and a rubric to support your efforts towards satisfying this requirement. 

You are cordially invited to complete a short survey to provide feedback about the Video Accessibility Resources Guide and your needs related to closed caption video support. This feedback will be used to improve the faculty innovation center’s services and is a part of faculty support team member Megan Hamilton’s Master’s level course work. If you are interested in completing the survey, the link is available here: The survey will be open to collect responses until Friday, November 15th.

Upcoming Faculty Innovation Center Workshops

All MATC faculty are invited to attend Blackboard workshops to qualify for 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!  To receive credit, keep track of your participation hours to report to FQAS. Watch your MATC Gmail for announcements about additional workshop topics offered at outlying campuses!

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses

Prepare yourself for teaching with Blackboard by enrolling in our Fall 2019 Blackboard Training Courses. The following sections begin this week- enroll in INFOnline today. Don’t miss out!

  • ZERD-197-802  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours) Blended
    Saturdays,  November 9 and Saturday, November 16,  8 AM – 11:55 AM and online, Room M458
  • ZERD-199-800 Advanced Blackboard 9.x  (1 Credit/40 Renewal Hours)
    Online November 10 through December 1; One hour synchronous online session required

Winterim and Spring 2020 Courses Coming Soon

Winterim 2019 and Spring 2020 course sections will begin pushing to Blackboard starting Friday, November 8th.

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 provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis, and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.

FIC Equipment Checkout

Did you know that you can check out a laptop or iPad for instructional use for a period of 14 days? For questions, send an email to To request equipment, complete the FIC Equipment Checkout Request Form. The FIC is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M201.

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