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About Megan Hamilton

In my current role as an Educational Assistant in web enhanced learning, I provide high-level support to faculty in the use of Blackboard and other web-based software to enhance teaching and learning. I have served as one of MATC's Blackboard Administrators for 6 years and have 10 years of experience in web development/visual communications.

Blackboard News You Can Use – April 2018

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April 2018

Welcome back to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we would like to share with you our schedules for upcoming training opportunities and a few updates.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

The faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions, assistance, and helpful workshops. All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS! Contact workshop leaders directly if you have questions.

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Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Courses are Coming

If you have a teaching appointment for summer or fall 2018, you will begin to see your assigned course sections appear in Blackboard starting this week. Course assignments are automatically pushed to Blackboard within 24 hours once they are assigned in INFOnline. If you have questions about your course assignments, please follow up with your associate dean.

Remember – your upcoming summer courses will begin with the ID prefix SU2019 and fall will begin with FA2019. This is how the automated process with INFOnline generates the courses, which cannot be changed.

Summer Blackboard Training Course Schedule

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard in their teaching are encouraged to enroll in a 1 credit free professional development course this summer at the Milwaukee Campus. Each course has additional online requirements. You will be able to search and register for these courses in INFOnline soon.

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Changes to the Blackboard Course List Effective Spring 2018

The Course List in Blackboard lists all semester courses, master courses, and test courses to which you have access. To improve access to older course records, semester courses will now remain in Blackboard for a duration of seven (7) years past course end date.  To manage the information in your growing Course List, you may hide, show, and reorder courses using these instructions. These changes do not impact course enrollments or availability.

Workaround to Safari 11 File Upload Error

When using the Safari 11 web browser on a Mac to upload files in Blackboard, faculty and students may experience a “failed to submit” error message. This is a known issue caused by a recent Safari update. If you experience this error in Safari, please use an alternative web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, to upload files successfully.

A Friendly Reminder About Printing Services

Did you know that you can send your classroom handouts e.g., syllabi to Print Services? Print requests from instructors can be sent to print services through interoffice mail, dropped off in person Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., placed in the drop box after hours or sent via email at printservices@matc.edu, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.


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INFOnline/COSMO Outage Coming Sunday March 11th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance on Sunday March 11th  from 6:30 AM until 12:00 PM (CDT). During this time, the MATC Portal and INFOnline will not be available to faculty or students.

Because the MATC Portal will be unavailable, we recommend accessing Blackboard and Gmail by going to these web addresses directly to log in with your MATC network account:

Blackboard News You Can Use – March 2018

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March 2018

Welcome back to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn. In this edition, we review resources to help you adopt Career Essentials Assessment in Blackboard.

What is Career Essentials Assessment?

The Higher Learning Commission requires that faculty assess student attainment of the college’s Career Essential core abilities. Every program student at MATC needs this soft skills evaluation through a process facilitated through Blackboard. Each program course that faculty teach must include a minimum of one (1) Career Essential related to skill proficiency within the course.

To learn more about the role of Career Essentials in curriculum and its associated rubrics, see the MATC Portal’s WIDS Career Essentials page. For questions about Career Essentials, contact the Curriculum Department at curriculum@matc.edu

How Do I Get Started?

Faculty assess student attainment of a Career Essential competency within a course in Blackboard through a three (3) step process. To learn how to perform this process, review the videos and linked tutorials below, or complete the Career Essentials training in SumTotal to earn 5 hours of FQAS credit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When Do I Perform this Process?

Faculty perform Step One: Alignment when developing a courses materials, such as at the start of a course. Towards, the end of the course, faculty perform Step Two: Assessment. This ensures that only the student’s most mature work is assessed to determine the mastery of the Career Essential.

How Often Do I Perform this Process?

Faculty perform one (1) course-level Career Essentials assessment in each course that they teach.

What Do I Do If I Have Existing Final Assessments in My Course?

In courses where you already assess student mastery of competencies based on content knowledge, you may create a parallel assignment to assess a student’s behavioral demonstration of Career Essential competencies. See this guide for more information.

How Do Students See Their Results?

After you have assigned grades on an assignment aligned to a Career Essentials goal, students may view their results through the course’s Goal Performance tool. Students may also monitor their results across courses through the Goal Performance Dashboard that is available in Blackboard’s global navigation.

Where Can I Learn More about Using Blackboard?

See the Blackboard Faculty Support Guide.


A Friendly Reminder About Printing Services

Did you know that you can send your classroom handouts e.g., syllabi to Print Services? Print requests from instructors can be sent to print services through interoffice mail, dropped off in person Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., placed in the drop box after hours or sent via email at printservices@matc.edu, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.


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Upcoming Blackboard Workshops – March 2018

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All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!

For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly.

Workshop Date Location Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Provide an extra layer of support for your students using Collaborate Ultra, a synchronous online meeting tool.
Tuesday March 13th, 1-2 PM Mequon Campus, room B220 Stephanie McKennie
mckennis@matc.edu

Free Quality Matters Course Design and Improvement Webinars – Spring Schedule

qm-logoDo you teach online and want to find ways to improve the design of your courses?

Consider learning about Quality Matters (QM), a well-known system for improving course design to facilitate effective learning. Vetted through the work of MATC’s Online Quality Council, a voluntary QM course review process is currently being piloted.

To learn more about QM, register for a free one-hour webinar to view on your own. The spring schedule is posted below – reserve your seat today!

Webinar Time/Date To Register
Welcome to Pasta 401: Bring Your Appetite for Course Alignment

In this session, you’ll practice the fundamental process of designing a course with aligned learning objectives, assessments, and activities from “scratch.”

Presented by: University of Southern Indiana

Weds. March 14th, 1PM CST Click Here
Preparing for a Formal QM Review: Comparing Three Models

In this moderated panel, QM Coordinators from three universities (New Mexico State, Texas A&M International, and Indiana) will compare and contrast how faculty and courses are prepared for QM course review.

Presented by: Indiana University; Indiana University Southeast; New Mexico State University; and Texas A&M International University

Tues. April 3rd, 12 PM CST Click Here
Everything I Need to Know About Student Engagement I Learned From a Rabid Sports Fan

Learn strategies and tools used by sportscasters that online instructors can use to increase student engagement.

Presented by: Salt Lake Community College

Thurs. May 10th, 1 PM CST Click Here

Are You New to Using Blackboard? We Have the Course for You!

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There is still time to sign up for professional development’s free Introduction to Blackboard course that counts for 1 FQAS credit hour. 

COMPSW-197-200  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x
Date: Mondays February 26th & March 5th
Time: 4:30 PM- 8:30 PM (with online requirements)
Instructor:  Erin Dischler

Enroll in INFOnline today to claim your seat!

Blackboard News You Can Use – February 2018

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Welcome to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn.  In this edition, we review resources to support your use of Blackboard.

Spring Blackboard Training Courses Begin Soon

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard to support  teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this spring. All courses will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit. See our schedule here and register through INFOnline.

Faculty Instructional Support Hours

Do you have questions about using Blackboard in your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance. Faculty Liaisons can also answer general questions regarding WIDS and COS’s. See their schedule for their availability in your local campus Faculty Resource Center.

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Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS! For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly. Watch your MATC email for workshop announcements and send an RSVP to tltdept@mtc.edu to attend.

Workshop Description Time/Date Location Presenter
Qwickly Jot Assignment Tool We will be reviewing a new tool available within Blackboard called Qwickly Jot Assignment.  This will also be an open session to ask questions about Blackboard. Thurs. February 15th, 1-2 PM Oak Creek Campus,
Room A-214
Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu
Blackboard Tips and Tricks We will be reviewing several tips and trips to support your teaching practice in Blackboard. Weds. February 28th, 12-1 PM West Allis Campus,
Room 350
Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu


Printing Services

Did you know that you can send your classroom handouts e.g., syllabi to Print Services? Print requests from instructors can be sent to print services through interoffice mail, dropped off in person Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., placed in the drop box after hours or sent via email at printservices@matc.edu, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.


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Upcoming Blackboard Workshops – February 2018

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All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!

No registration is required.  However, we ask that you complete our RSVP form to reserve your seat. 

For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly.

Workshop Date Location Presenter
Qwickly Jot Assignment Tool
We will be reviewing a new tool available within Blackboard called Qwickly Jot Assignment.,This will also be an open session to ask questions about Blackboard.
Thursday February 15th, 1-2 PM Oak Creek Campus,Room A-214 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu
Tips for Better Gradebook Management
We will be reviewing several tips to help you manage student grades in your course’s Grade Center.
Tuesday February 27th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201A Danica Olson
olsond38@matc.edu
Blackboard Tips and Tricks
We will be reviewing several tips and tricks to support your teaching practice in Blackboard.
Wednesday February 28th, 12-1 PM West Allis Campus,Room 350 Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu

Blackboard News You Can Use – January 2018

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Welcome to Blackboard News You Can Use, your brief monthly newsletter to help you promote student success through MATC’s web-based learning environment, Blackboard Learn.  In this edition, we review resources to help you get started in your Spring 2018 courses and announce a new type of assignment tool.

Preparing for Spring Semester

Per college leadership, all faculty are required to post a syllabus to each of their courses in Blackboard and to make their courses are available to students. Faculty teaching face-to-face courses are strongly encouraged to support student success by using Blackboard’s communication, content sharing, and grade feedback tools.

To prepare courses in Blackboard, review the tasks and tutorials in our Beginning of the Semester Checklist. If you have questions about using Blackboard, contact your campus Faculty Support Liaison for personal consultation.

Standards for Online Delivery

Instructors who teach online classes at MATC are expected to adhere to the following best practices guidelines for delivering effective instruction that supports student success.

Printing Services

Did you know that you can send your classroom handouts e.g., syllabi to Print Services? Print requests from instructors can be sent to print services through interoffice mail, dropped off in person Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., placed in the drop box after hours or sent via email at printservices@matc.edu, 24 hours a day/7 days a week.

Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.

New Tool Available – Qwickly Jot Assignments

A new tool for creating visual assignments called Qwickly Jot is now available in Blackboard. Through this tool, you can create a digital assignment that requires learners to annotate an image that you provide, such as a diagram, chart,  or map. Once the student submits the annotated image, the instructor can grade it and assign feedback comments through Blackboard’s Grade Center tools.

Do you have questions about these tools or how to implement them to support your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.


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Winterim Faculty Support Guide 2017-18

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Do Not Use Course Copy to Develop Courses

We strongly advise using the Archive and Import process of moving course materials from one section into another to avoid experiencing technical problems caused by Course Copy.

Support Resources

Faculty may use the tutorials and contact form on the Faculty Blackboard Support website.  Additional information to advise Winterim students is available here.

Students new to using Blackboard should review the Start Here page and Blackboard Student Orientation.  Students may use the tutorials and contact form on the Student Blackboard Support website.

Login Problems

Use the online Password Manager  to retrieve your login credentials or update an expired password.  If you can not use the Password Manager, create a ticket using the Help Desk’s online form to request assistance. The password to submit the request form is: MATC.

Resolving Common Technical Problems

  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use Student Preview Mode to see what students see.

  • Use Blackboard’s Browser Tester to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions to common issues.

  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.

  • For problems with publisher content, please contact your publisher’s technical support directly for assistance. We have compiled a list of publisher support resources here.


If you have questions, contact tltdept@matc.edu

Blackboard Update Coming January 2018

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Key Enhancements

We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3200 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3300. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur, but the following enhancements will be added.

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Course Availability Icon

Instructors will be able to manage the availability of a course through an icon on the course’s Home module page. This tool is an addition to existing course availability management tools, such as Qwickly.

More Efficient Grade Center Management

The Grade Center’s Column Organization tool will allow you to select and delete multiple columns at once. However, assessments linked to a course menu can only be cleared using this tool. An assessment must be deleted from the course menu before its column can be deleted.

Discussion Board “Replies to Me” Filter

Discussion participants will see a “Replies to Me” counter icon when viewing a forum. This feature displays the number of replies added to a participant’s thread. The participant can view replies by clicking on the “Replies to Me” icon.

Discussion Board “Remove Sorting” Button

If the instructor has sorted forums alphabetically, a “Remove Sorting” button will appear. Clicking this button will undo the sorting and allow the instructor to click and drag forums into a desired order.

Updated Inline Grading

Crocodocs will reach the end of its life and will be replaced by a comparable preview and annotation tool called Box View by January 8th, 2018. MATC must take the update to Box View to maintain the availability of Inline Grading to our faculty and students. To learn more about this change, see our guide.

Annotations added to documents using Crocodocs prior to the Box View conversion will be preserved, but will be read-only.

Fixes to Known Issues

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Resolved Issue

Announcement

An “Access Denied” error will no longer display to guests when viewing a course’s Announcements page.

Course Menu

Changes to the order of course menu items stay in position after page is refreshed or navigation to a different page.

Course Messages

An error generating an “Unknown Sender” message in the Course Messages tool is resolved in this update.

Discussion Board

An error preventing discussion board subscription notifications from being sent to subscribers is resolved in this update.

Grade Center

The Grade Center’s email tool sends attached files with correct file extensions.

Retention Center

The Retention Center now displays risk markers aligned within table cells.

5 Reasons to Submit Final Grades through Blackboard

Successfully piloted in Summer 2017, the tool to submit midterm or final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline is available in your fall courses. All faculty are invited to use this tool for the following reasons.

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Reason 1 – You asked for it, and we listened.

This feature has been long requested by faculty and it is finally here. College leadership is excited to provide you with additional tools to support your successful completion of the final grade submission process.

Reason 2 – Even if you don’t use Blackboard, you can use this tool.

Every course taught at MATC has a course shell in Blackboard that contains a final grade tool called ILP Integration. If you do not use Blackboard to provide continuous grade feedback to students, you can still use this tool to submit final grades to INFOnline through the tool’s simple form.

Reason 3 – Efficiency!

If you already use Blackboard’s Grade Center throughout the semester, you can configure a Total or Weighted Total column to calculate a final letter grade to use as a reference when submitting final grades through Blackboard. You will confirm and send these grades to INFOnline through completing the tool’s simple form.

Reason 4 – Final grades are due December 29th  by 5:00 PM CST

With such ready access to a final grade submission tool in Blackboard in addition to INFOnline, there are few reasons to miss the December 29th deadline for final grades.

Reason 5 – Support resources are available.

We have a variety of resources available to help you learn how to use this simple and efficient tool. Review our tutorial, FAQ, and training videos. Contact the TLT Department  if you have questions.

Blackboard End of the Semester Process

End of the Semester Process

At the end of each semester, it is the instructor’s responsibility to perform this process. To review how to perform this process and assign final grades through Blackboard, see these tutorials and attend a workshop this December. Faculty may earn 1 CEU hour towards FQAS by attending!

If you have questions about these processes, contact a Blackboard Faculty Liaison for one-on-one assistance during their open lab hours or by appointment. See their schedule and contact information.

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