Blackboard News You Can Use – October 2019

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 share a few updates and reminders.

Best Practices and Support for Blackboard Use

All faculty are required to upload a current syllabus in their fall FA2020 sections, set up a Career Essentials Assessment, and make sections available to students. See our Best Practices for All Course Sections guide for tips and tutorials to support student success. If you have questions about getting started, the Faculty Support Liaisons are your first point of contact for one-on-one consultation; more support resources are available here

Reminder – All Instructional Video Must Have Closed Captions

Per MATC’s Closed Caption Policy, faculty who provide instructional videos to students must ensure that they are accompanied by closed captions that describe the video’s content. Closed captions are required by law and are beneficial for all learners.  See this resource guide to support your efforts towards satisfying this requirement. Remember – NBC Learn and Films on Demand are sources of high-quality closed-captioned instructional video for your courses.

Upcoming Faculty Innovation Center Workshops

All MATC faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop 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.

  • Preventing Cheating During Blackboard Exams: Respondus Lockdown Browser  (Webinar Only)
    Thursday October 3rd, 1:00-2:00 PM CDT | Click Here to Register
  • Tools and Best Practices for Providing Closed Caption Videos (In-person and Webinar)
    Friday October 4th or 11th  9:30 – 11:00 AM, Milwaukee Campus, room M201A and through webinar.
    Friday October 25th, 12:30-2:00 PM, Milwaukee Campus, room M201A and through webinar.
    Leader: FIC Staff | Click Here to Register

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-197-801 Introduction to Blackboard
    Thursdays, October 3rd & 10th, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
    Oak Creek Campus, Room  A110 with online requirements.
  • ZERD-198-800  Intermediate Blackboard               
    Saturdays,  October 5th & October 12th, 8:00 AM to 11:55 AM
    Milwaukee Campus, Room M458 with online requirements

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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