Online Learning News You Can Use – November 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

Collaborate Ultra Recording Maintenance Coming in January 2022

As a part of regular maintenance to improve the performance of Collaborate Ultra, Blackboard Client Support will delete Collaborate Ultra recordings that were created before July 31st 2021. Recordings that faculty created after this date will remain on the Collaborate Ultra server until further notice.

Faculty have until January 31st, 2022 to move any Collaborate Ultra recordings that are eligible for deletion to the YuJa Video Platform to preserve them for future use. See the Collaborate Ultra Recording Best Practices Guide and the following videos to learn how to download a Collaborate Ultra recording and upload it to YuJa.

Online Learning Consortium Workshop – How to Increase Regular and Substantive Interaction

The Department of Education requires the delivery of online courses to incorporate regular, substantive instructor interaction with students through technology. We strongly encourage faculty who want to learn more about tools and strategies to support regular substantive interaction to attend the Online Learning Consortium’s How to Increase Regular and Substantive Interaction webinar on November 10th at 11 AM CST.  Register online; a recording of the session will be provided to registrants.

Blackboard Support

Faculty liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard  how-to questions and instructional support. See the Faculty Liaison Schedule for their availability to meet online for consultations. For high-level troubleshooting/errors, contact

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses

Need to Meet Level 2 of the 21st Century Classroom? Our free 1-credit Blackboard Training Classes can help! Faculty may enroll in these courses to 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 schedule.

CourseDelivery ModeDate/Time
ZERD-197-501 Introduction to BlackboardOnlineSundays, 11/7/21 to 11/21/21 with virtual meeting times on Wednesdays 12-1 PM. (Flexible online course – 3 Weeks!)

Upcoming Technology Webinars – Just in Time Training & Tips!

Ask a friendly expert and learn best practices in using new technologies to support learning when attending our special-topic 1 hour webinars. Recordings of select topics are available. 

Session TopicDate/TimeWebinar Link  – Click to Register or Join
YuJa Faculty TrainingNov. 10th, 11 AMJoin Session Here

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 August 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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