Faculty can Now Submit Final Grades through Blackboard – Learn More By Attending Our Info Sessions this Fall!

Successfully piloted in Summer 2017, the tool to submit final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline is now available in your fall courses. All faculty may use this tool. To learn more, review our tutorialFAQ, and training videos.  Faculty are also invited to attend an in-person information session at the Milwaukee Campus this fall.

Information Session Dates

To attend, send an RSVP email to tltdept@matc.edu – space is limited. To make the most of this session, review the tutorial prior to attending!

DATE & TIME LOCATION LEADER
Tues. 9/19, 8:30-9:30 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Mon. 9/25, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love
Weds. 9/27, 9:00-10:00 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Tues. 10/3, 9:00-10:00 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Weds. 10/4, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love
Mon. 10/9, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love
Fri. 10/13, 9:00-10:00 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Mon. 10/16, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love
Weds. 10/18, 9:00-10:00 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Mon. 10/23, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love
Tues. 10/24, 9:00-10:00 AM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Megan Hamilton
Mon. 10/30, 2:00-3:00 PM Milwaukee Campus, room M201A Kameal Love

Additional dates will be announced as we get closer to the end of the semester – watch your MATC Gmail for updates.

INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage September 8th through 10th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday September 8th at 9:00 PM through Sunday September 10th 12:00 PM (Noon). All times are Central time.

During this time, the MATC Portal and INFOnline will not be available to faculty or students.

  • To access Blackboard, go to Blackboard.matc.edu directly to log in using your MATC network account.
  • To access your MATC Gmail, go to https://mail.google.com/  to log in using your full MATC email address and MATC network password.maintenance-bots

Upcoming Fall Blackboard Training Courses for Faculty

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If you are new to using Blackboard and are looking for hands-on training opportunities, we strongly recommend enrolling in our free 1-credit professional development courses.

Be trained as early at September 12th by enrolling in:

COMPSW-197-500 Introduction to Blackboard
Tues. September 12th & September 19th, 4 PM – 8 PM and online
Instructor: Erin Dischler

See our complete Fall 2017 Schedule for more sections. You may register for these classes online at INFOnline - seats are limited, enroll today!

Closed Captions on Instructional Video Benefits All Students

If you use instructional video in your courses, are you providing your students with alternative methods of experiencing the video’s content, such as closed captions or text transcripts?

Defining Closed Captions

You may be thinking, why is this important?

It is a Legal Requirement!

Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act obligates all schools or agencies receiving federal funds to provide accessible content, or comparable accessible versions of content, to learners with disabilities. This means that all instructional videos must have closed captions, transcripts, and be available in accessible video player.

It Can Benefit All Learners

According to a recent article by Educause Review, all learners can benefit from closed captions because it…

  • Gives students a better chance at using and understanding content by supporting different learning styles and aiding comprehension.
  • Promotes engagement with video by allowing students to choose how they will experience the video’s content.
  • Minimizes language barriers – transcripts can be translated.
  • Supports viewing in situated learning environments – video can be muted and viewed in sound-sensitive environments.

What Can You Do?

For videos you created yourself that are under 15 minutes long, you may request the FIC video transcription service or use YouTube’s built-in tools to host and add accurate closed captions. To learn more about video accessibility with YouTube, see our presentation and video accessibility rubric.

For videos you did not create yourself, contact the video’s copyright owner to inquire about obtaining the video in a closed captioned format. You cannot add closed captions to videos to which you do not have copyright permission.

Lastly, you may consider adopting online videos that are already prepared with closed captions, such as those provided through Films on Demand.

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New Workshops Added- SumTotal Training

HR will be offering the following training sessions on the SumTotal system starting the week of August 14:
 

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Register for Session:      
1. Log into Sum Total Systems using your MATC Username and MATC   Password
2. Click on the “Library” icon located on the top of your home page (3 books icon)
3. On the Featured Courses tab, locate the workshop  
4. Under Scheduled Classes, click on the box to the left of the session you want
5. Click on “Enroll in this Class”
 
Please let me know if you have any questions.
 
Best regards,
 
Michelle Krueger

Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Project Access Seminar – Supporting Student Success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

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Faculty, Administrators and Staff who work with or plan to work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar focused on providing the skills and information needed to increase success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students in a mainstream classroom. A complimentary lunch will be provided! See this event flyer for more details.

Event Details
Friday, September 8th, 2017 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Milwaukee Campus, room M605

To attend, complete the Online RSVP Form before Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

SU2018 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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Please urge your students to complete a course evaluation for your course. Students have received an email with a link to the evaluation, and they have a “Take Survey button” on the homepage of the Blackboard site for your course. The evaluations remain open until midnight on July 31.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

[WEBINAR] Creating a connection with students in online courses

 

Connecting with students in a fully online course

Innovations in Integrations Webinars

Connecting with students presents a unique challenge to fully online instructors. Join us for this next innovations in integrations webinar as Professor Rego shares best practices to overcome this obstacle by using the NBC Learn integration with Blackboard for a picture-perfect student engagement experience.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 1:00 pm Central 
Presenter: Rodolfo Rego
Digital Instructor
Florida International University
REGISTER HERE
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Update: Need Help with Sum Total? – Open Labs

sumtotal imageHR is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Tuesday, June 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A120
Friday, June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Tuesday, June 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

West Allis Campus – Room 238
Thursday, June 15 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on the right side of the SumTotal home page. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact me (Michelle Krueger) or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions.

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger
Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-7479

Internet Service – Scheduled Maintenance June 1st 2017

Per the IT Department:

All MATC internet connectivity will be unavailable on Thursday June 1, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Central Time) due to scheduled maintenance.

  • The outage will NOT affect access to Gmail or Blackboard because these systems are hosted offsite.

  • If you have questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 414-297-6541.

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses – Don’t Miss Out, Enroll Today!

Upcoming Blackboard Training Courses

If you are new to using Blackboard and are looking for hands-on training opportunities, we strongly recommend enrolling in our free 1-credit professional development courses. 

Be trained as early as May 30th by enrolling in:

COMPSW-197-201 Introduction to Blackboard  (See Spring Semester in INFOnline).
Tues. May 30th & June 6th, 12:30 – 4:30 PM; online requirements
Instructor: Erin Dischler

See our full summer 2017 schedule for more sections. You may register for these classes online at INFOnline - seats are limited, enroll today!