Blackboard News You Can Use – September 2019

Blackboard 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 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

Student Support Resources

Review the Student Support Resources and share them with your students. You can link the directions on how to submit an assignment, use the discussion boardprepare for online test-taking, academic support resources and more.

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses

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

  • ZERD-197-800 Introduction to Blackboard
    Thursdays September 12th & 19th, 4-8 PM with additional online requirements.
    Milwaukee Campus, Room M458
  • ZERD-197-801 Introduction to Blackboard
    Thursdays, October 3rd & 10th, 4:30 – 8:30 PM with additional online requirements.
    Oak Creek Campus, Room A110

Upcoming Faculty Innovation Center Workshops

Watch your MATC Gmail for announcements about additional workshop topics offered at outlying campuses.

  • Learn New Ways of Managing Blackboard
    Wednesday, September 11th, 3:00-4:00 PM, Mequon Campus, Room B220
    Leader: Dr. Stephanie McKennie – Contact to RSVP
  • Adding the Attendance Tool
    Wednesday, September 11th, 2:00-300 PM, Milwaukee Campus, Room M201
    Leader: Danica Olson – Contact to RSVP
  • Tools and Best Practices for Providing Closed Caption Videos
    Friday, September 13th, 20th, and 27th  9:30-11:00 AM, Milwaukee Campus, room M201A
    Leader: FIC Staff – Click here to RSVP for your choice of a workshop date, seats are limited.
  • Adding the Attendance Tool
    Wednesday, September 18th, 12:00-1:00 PM, West Allis Campus, Room 350
    Leader: Erin Dischler – Contact to RSVP
  • Blackboard Innovative Teaching Series (BITS) webinars – View live or as a recording on your own. This month’s topics include Increasing Student Success Using Analytics and How Successful Students Take Advantage of Classroom Technology. Click here to view the BITS schedule and to register.

New Tool Spotlight: Edpuzzle

Edpuzzle is a student engagement and active learning tool for creating short video lessons with embedded questioning and video tracking capabilities. Faculty who are interested in creating up to 20 video lessons with Edpuzzle’s library of trusted, closed-captioned sources such as Khan Academy, National Geographic, and TED Talks may take advantage of the free basic Edpuzzle integration with Blackboard. See this guide for details.

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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