Welcome to Online Campus 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 resources to support your teaching practice and learn more about Blackboard Learn Ultra Courses.
A Gentle Reminder – Update Your Syllabi for Summer and Fall Term
All faculty must provide an up-to-date digital copy of a syllabus to students in each course section in Blackboard. Please make sure that you are using the Center for Teaching Excellence’s updated student-centered syllabi templates when preparing your syllabi for the upcoming terms. The Center for Teaching Excellence maintains and updates these templates through Google Docs to ensure that you will always have the latest available version. You may download a template as a Word File or copy a template into Google Docs for customization.
Fall Section Availability in Blackboard
The Fall 2022 (FA2023) sections will begin their migration to Blackboard by July 15, 2022. Faculty may request a personal master shell to prepare instructional content for a course while they wait for a section to be assigned. Preparing content in a personal master is time efficient and protects content from the impact of scheduling changes. Faculty may transfer the content of a personal master to a semester section through the archive and import processes.
Online Readiness Module
Encourage students who are new to online learning to review our excellent Online Readiness module for a quick orientation to study skills, time management, and navigating tools commonly used in online learning. Students may access this great resource by logging into www.go2orientation.com/matc with their MATC network account and clicking on the Online Readiness link to begin viewing its contents. Students who complete the module receive a certificate of completion at their MATC email address; students may also download their certificate of completion from the module itself.
Online Learning Department – Summer Contacts
The Online Learning Team’s offices in M336 and M338 are temporarily closed for construction until August. The Online Learning staff are working remotely and will be available online for consultation – contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request support or to arrange a web meeting. The Dean (and her assistant Paul Aceto) will be located in M244 and will be on campus up to 3 days per week.
During the Summer 2022 semester, contact the Online Learning Department for high-level Blackboard support. The Faculty Support Liaisons will resume availability in the Fall term.
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Important Blackboard Updates
Blackboard Training Courses
Faculty may learn how to use Blackboard tools for teaching and learning online. Register for classes online in Self-Service. See this video for more information. Additional information is available in our Summer 2022 Schedule.
|SU2023-ZERD-198-400||ONLINE||Sundays 6/19/22 – 7/3/22 Register today, don’t miss out!|
|SU2023-ZERD-199-400||ONLINE||Sundays 7/10/22 – 7/31/22|
|SU2023-ZERD-197-401||VIRTUAL||Monday/Thursday 8/8/2022 – 8/15/20225:00 PM – 7:30 PM with additional 8 hrs of coursework required|
Upcoming Blackboard Webinars – Learn about Blackboard Ultra Courses!
Faculty are welcome to join Blackboard’s Instructor Webinar Series to learn more about using Blackboard’s modern, streamlined, and intuitive course experience, Ultra Courses. Register to attend a live session or be sent a recording to your email address. If you are interested in trying an Ultra Course, join our Ultra Course Pilot.
|Q&A with Experts: Blackboard Learn Ultra|
Curious about Ultra Courses? Attend this session to ask Blackboard experts questions, view demonstrations, and receive guidance for using Ultra Courses to teach remotely.
|Tuesday, June 14|
9:00 AM CDT
|Grading and Managing the Gradebook in an Ultra Course|
This intermediate session will provide a deeper dive into setting up grading criteria for assessments, utilizing different types of assessments, and creating gradable assignments in Ultra Courses.
|Wednesday, June 15|
9:00 AM CDT
|Creating Assessments in an Ultra Course|
In this session, we will focus on creating different assessments and assignments in Ultra courses.
|Thursday, June 16 |
9:00 AM CDT
|Ultra Advantage – Converting Original to Ultra|
This session will help you understand how to convert your Original Courses to Ultra Courses.
|Tuesday, June 28|
9:00 AM CDT
Student Online Blackboard Orientation Schedule
Students whose courses will be delivered in an online format this semester are advised to attend a Student Blackboard Orientation Webinar through Collaborate Ultra. Sessions will be offered throughout the month and additional sessions will be planned for the future.
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 email@example.com.
Faculty and students who are new to using Chromebooks may find these resources helpful.
- Chromebook Basics Tutorials
- Using a Chromebook to Submit Assignments in Blackboard
- Access Web-based Microsoft Office 365 for Education on a Chromebook with your MATC email account.
- For Students – Want to learn more about using your Chromebook? Attend a Chromebook Chronicle session
- Chromebook Help
Resources to Support Online Instruction
- Contingency Guide for Remote Instruction
- Blackboard Faculty Support Guide
- Key Blackboard Resources for Online Teaching
- Quick Start Guide to Open Educational Resources
- Get Help Now – Virtual Student Services
- Online Course Access Guide
- Internet Resources for Wisconsin Residents during Public Health Emergency
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