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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.

Teaching and Learning Technology – Instructional Support

The Teaching & Learning Technology Department coordinates with the Curriculum Department to provide instructional support to facilitate effective teaching and learning in traditional, blended, hybrid, and online courses. Visit their website at Edtech News for information about faculty resource centers, tools, training, and best practices. Faculty Support Liaisons are available to consult faculty regarding getting started with Blackboard and general WIDS questions.

If you have questions, contact tltdept@matc.edu.

Blackboard News You Can Use – June 2018

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June 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 provide information about some updates and a new tool.

Updated Syllabus Templates

All course sections in Blackboard must provide a digital syllabus document to students. Templates for face-to-face and online course syllabi are available for you to download and customize with your information. To add a syllabus to your course section in Blackboard, see these instructions.

Changes to Teaching Style Customization

With the May 2018 update to Blackboard 9.1 release 3400, Course Themes and menu button styles have been discontinued and are no longer supported. By default, all courses will appear with course menus composed of white links on a black background and subheaders will appear in a bold white text. However, faculty may stylize their course by adding a course banner to the course’s entry point and by changing the background and link colors in the course menu. See these instructions to learn more.

Attendance Tool

Blackboard has released a new course tool that you can use to record student attendance for each class session and incorporate attendance into Grade Center calculations. A complete record of attendance can be downloaded from a course for the instructor’s records. To learn more, see this video and tutorial.

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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Website: tlc.matc.edu | Email: tltdept@matc.edu
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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.


Published by The Teaching and Learning Technology Department
Website: tlc.matc.edu | Email: tltdept@matc.edu
To receive MATC email at your personal email see these instructions.