Blackboard News You Can Use – September 2018

Blackboard Online Campus News You Can Use

Welcome back to a new semester and a new issue of Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through instruction with Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we review resources to support and enhance your teaching practice.

A Gentle Reminder: Make Past Courses Unavailable, Make New Courses Available

To support our students, please make prior semester courses that have ended unavailable and make current semester courses available in Blackboard. See these instructions to manage course availability. Remember: Fall 2018 courses begin with FA2019.

What Faculty Can Do to Support Student Success

All semester classes are given a course shell in Blackboard through an automated process that starts with Course Scheduling and INFOnline. At minimum, all faculty are required to upload a syllabus to each course section in Blackboard and make courses available to students. However, we strongly recommend that all faculty use the following instructional strategies and tools in Blackboard to support students across learning environments.

Fall Blackboard Training Courses Begin Soon

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this fall. All courses will be offered at the Milwaukee campus with additional online requirements. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit. See the Fall Training Schedule and register through INFOnline.

Fall 2018 Faculty Instructional Support

Do you have questions about using Blackboard in your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance. Faculty Liaisons can also answer general questions regarding WIDS and COS. See their schedule for their availability in your local campus Faculty Resource Center.

Introducing Quality Matters – A System for Quality Course Design

Vetted by MATC’s Online Quality Council, Quality Matters (QM) is a gold-standard research-based system for evaluating and improving online and blended course design to facilitate effective learning. Two main features of the QM system are the Quality Matters Rubric and the Course Review process. To learn more about Quality Matters, see our Quality Matters Resources site in Blackboard. At this time, a Course Review process is initiated by faculty request by sending an email to

We Need Your Help: Join MATC’s Online Quality Council

The Online Quality Council is looking for faculty to join the team to establish standards and training mechanisms that ensure quality instruction in online courses. Past initiatives included implementing Quality Matters, creating the Instructional Resources document, and identifying faculty requirements for online teaching. To join, send an email to

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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