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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.

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.

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!

Free Google Training Webinars from SimpleK12 – Saturday May 20th

Faculty who are interested in developing skill in the use of Google Apps to support their teaching practice are invited to sign up for a free day of learning provided by SimpleK12 on Saturday May 20th, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM (Central). Although designed for K-12 instructors, college-level instructors may benefit from the following brief webinar sessions:

  • Google Session #1: Google Drive and Tools: An Introductory Overview
    9:00 AM – 9:30 AM
  • Google Session #2: Virtual Explorations and Field Trips with Google Tools
    10:00 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Google Session #3: Getting the Most Out of Google Forms
    11:00 AM – 11:30 AM
  • Google Session #4: Did You Know Google Could Do That? – Search Tools and More
    12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
  • Google Session #6: Flipping Your Class with Videos and Live Streaming from YouTube Live
    2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Use this link to register for the event and watch on your own. Seats are limited, register today!

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshops to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.

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

End of the Semester Process

During this one hour information session, faculty will review the End of Semester Process, the best practices for closing out their Spring 2017 courses. Topics covered will include: downloading grades; making courses unavailable; downloading an archive of each course taught; and working with personal masters.

Date & Time Location Leader
Thurs. May 11th,  2-3 PM South Campus, room A-135 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu

 

Upcoming Quality Matters Webinars – Free to Attend

qm-logoFaculty who are interested in learning more about the Quality Matters system of course design and the Quality Matters standards for online courses are encouraged to register for a free Quality Matters Success Stories webinar to view on their own.

Their webinar schedule is listed below. Seats are limited, register today!

What to Do When We Don’t Know What We Don’t Know: Lessons Learned from QM Rookies

It’s hard to know what to do when we don’t know what we don’t know about implementing and maintaining Quality Matters at our institutions. Join three QM rookies for this discussion on implementation and sustainability of QM at their respective institutions. The presenters will share innovative ways to implement and maintain QM through best practices and life lessons.

Date & Time Registration Link
Weds. May 10th, 12:00 PM (Central) https://www.qmprogram.org/qmresources/registration/index.cfm?sid=8977

The QM K-12 Rubric as a Course Development Roadmap

In this session we will explore strategies for applying the QM K-12 Rubric to the process of online course development. See how the development team at Michigan Virtual School used the QM K-12 Rubric and Annotations to increase course quality and development efficiency. First, we will present a process for developing institutional best practices by closely studying each Standard. Next, we will look at how to apply these practices to the development of course and lesson templates. Sample templates will be provided and participants will be encouraged to share their own best practices.

DATE & TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Weds. July 19th, 12:00 PM (Central) https://www.qmprogram.org/qmresources/registration/index.cfm?sid=9173

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Summer 2016 Courses before June 2nd

Summer 2016 Course's will be Deleted on June 2nd.

If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process, download an archive and Grade Center file from each summer 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday June 2nd at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the summer of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SU2017.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

If you have questions about this process, contact tltdept@matc.edu

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Last Spring’s Courses Before April 7th

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If you have not already done so as a part of the End of Semester Process,  download an archive and Grade Center file from each spring 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday April 7th at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the spring of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SP2016.

Best Practices for Saving Courses

If you do not have a “master copy” of your course permanently stored on the Blackboard system,  please complete the Personal Master request form and import your archived course file into it for future use and revision.

Warning

Due to changes in username formats, hosting servers, and service packs, requests for old course archives may be time-consuming and restorations may be unsuccessful. Downloading an archive of your course and grade data NOW ensures that you will have easy access to them LATER!

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshops to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.

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

In-Line Grading in Blackboard: Crocodoc!

During this one hour information session, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s inline grading tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows you to grade and annotate documents that students submit as assignments right in the course’s Grade Center!

Date & Time Location Leader
Thurs. March 9th. 1-2PM South Campus, room A-120 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu

 

Winterim Faculty Guide to Preparing Courses

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snowflake2Because MATC’s campuses and support services are closed during the holiday break, we strongly advise faculty teaching Winterim semester courses to refer to these guidelines and resources.

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

  • Use the Browser Tester on Blackboard’s home page to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions.
  • Advise students using Google Chrome as their browser to update it to the latest version to prevent technical problems when taking tests in Blackboard.
  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.
  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use your course’s Student Preview Mode to see what students see.
  • 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.

Deterring Cheating in Proctored Exams with Respondus Lockdown Browser

This December, faculty may view a one hour training session on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to deter cheating on tests delivered through Blackboard. Please note that Respondus Lockdown Browser is a software program that is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Thurs. December 15th
12 PM – 1 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Wed. January 11th
1PM – 2PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Thurs. January 19th
2PM – 3PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

To help faculty identify more robust, effective strategies to deter cheating in online tests, we strongly recommend that faculty review these resources:

Upcoming Workshop: Blackboard End of Semester Process

All faculty are invited to attend the following workshop to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. No registration is required, simply attend the sessions of your choice.

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

End of Semester Process

During this one hour information session, faculty will review the end of semester process, a set of best practice tasks to close out courses and preserve content for your records. In this session you will review: managing course availability; downloading course grades; requesting a personal master; and downloading/using archive files to preserve content for reuse.

DATE & TIME LOCATION LEADER DETAILS
Weds. December 14th
12 PM – 1 PM
West Allis Campus
Room 350
Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu
See flyer for details.
Thurs. December 15th
11 AM – 12 PM
Oak Creek Campus
Room A110
Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu
See flyer for details.