Online Campus News You Can Use – June 2022

Blackboard Online Campus News You Can Use

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.

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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 in​to​ 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.

The Online Readiness Module is available through Go 2 Orientation. Once logged in with your MATC account, click the Online Readiness link.

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 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.

CourseDelivery ModeDate/Time
SU2023-ZERD-198-400ONLINESundays 6/19/22 – 7/3/22  Register today, don’t miss out!
SU2023-ZERD-199-400ONLINESundays 7/10/22 – 7/31/22
SU2023-ZERD-197-401VIRTUALMonday/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.

Session TopicDate/Time
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

Chromebook Resources

Faculty and students who are new to using Chromebooks may find these resources helpful.

Resources to Support Online Instruction

Faculty Support 

Student Support

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