Online Learning News You Can Use – July 2021

Blackboard Online Campus News You Can Use

Welcome to Online Learning 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 and resources to support your teaching practice.

Hot Topics

YuJa Migration Coming by End of July 2021

In preparation for our college’s migration from TechSmith Knowmia to the new YuJa Video Platform by the end of July 2021, we ask that faculty and students stop creating new video content on TechSmith Knowmia by Friday, July 16th. You may continue to use videos already present in Techsmith Knowmia to facilitate instruction in summer courses, but do not create or upload new content past this date. New video or quiz content added to TechSmith Knowmia after Friday, July 16th will not be included in the migration to YuJa.

If you need to create new video content after July 16th, 2021, you may begin using YuJa through Blackboard! See our YuJa First-Time Guide for details. Faculty training on YuJa is available; see the YuJa Training Schedule schedule for upcoming sessions.

Best Practices for Re-Using Collaborate Ultra Recordings

If you have recorded live lectures in Collaborate Ultra that do not contain personally identifying student information and wish to preserve the recordings for future use, you may download them from your Blackboard sections and upload them to YuJa. See these instructions to learn how this is done. In addition to preserving an accessible copy of the video, this allows faculty to access viewership analytics and use additional engagement tools to support learning. Once you have moved the recording to YuJa, delete the original recording from Collaborate Ultra. Performing these steps will improve the availability and performance of these increasingly valuable online learning tools.

Additional resources to help you use Collaborate Ultra are located below:

Update Your Syllabi for 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 syllabi templates when preparing your syllabi for the upcoming summer and fall 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. 

Blackboard Faculty Training

Do you need to meet Level 2 of the 21st Century Classroom Self-Assessment? See the Summer 2021 Blackboard Training Course Schedule for upcoming training opportunities. Register in Self-Service.

  • ZERD-199-400 “Advanced Blackboard” – Runs Sundays July 25th through August 8th – Online, flexible 3 weeks.

Shorter free one-hour workshops on select topics are available through the Blackboard company’s Teaching with Blackboard from Basics to Advanced Series. Click on the provided link to view the training schedule and sign up for your preferred sessions.

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. See the First-Time Guide to Joining a Collaborate Session and use the session links below to join a session on its appointed date and time. For additional dates and times, see the Student Blackboard Orientation Schedule. When joining a session, please enter your first and last name so that we can support you better.

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


SmarterProctoring is MATC’s online test proctoring tool for securing Blackboard exams. Faculty can customize an automated proctoring session with options for recording the student, locking down the browser, and verifying student identity through photo-ID.To learn more about using SmarterProctoring to protect high-stakes Blackboard exams, see these resources:

Chromebook Resources

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

Resources to Support Online Instruction

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