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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 – November 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

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 several communication tools that you can use to connect and interact with your students in face-to-face and online courses.

Use the Announcement Tool for Weekly Announcements

One way to keep students engaged and on track in their learning is through frequent, timely communication. Faculty can use the Announcement tool to notify students of course events, introduce or summarize class activities, provide general feedback for all learners, or post regular class updates. Announcements can be pushed out to student email immediately or they can be scheduled in advance. If you teach multiple sections of a course that would benefit from the same announcement, consider using the Qwickly tool to send immediate announcements to multiple sections at once.

Support Learning and Community through Discussion Boards

The Discussion Board is a communication tool that allows students and the instructor to discuss, interact, and exchange ideas. The Discussion Board tool can be used by faculty to foster a sense of community and open communication in a course. Common uses of this tool include creating a “Welcome to Class Introductions” forum to get to know students and a  “Question and Answers” forum to allow students to post questions and receive support from you as well as their classmates. By subscribing to a forum, you will receive an email notification whenever there is a new message posted.

Sending Emails from Blackboard

Students are advised to access their MATC Gmail accounts frequently, as this is their main source of communication with the college. Each semester course that you teach contains an Email tool that you can use to send email notifications to an entire class or specific students. Email notifications are automatically sent to student’s MATC Gmail accounts based on the course’s roster.

Do You Have questions About Using Blackboard in Your Teaching Practice?

You are invited to attend a free 1-hour Blackboard Workshop and earn 1 CEU that counts towards FQAS! Or, connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.


Published by MATC’s Teaching and Learning Technology Department
Website: tlc.matc.edu | Email:tltdept@matc.edu

To receive MATC email messages at your personal email account, see these instructions.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops – November 2017

Bb FQAS CreditThe Blackboard Faculty Support Liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions and assistance. They can also answer general questions regarding WIDS and COS’s.

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

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

Milwaukee Campus

Workshop Topic Date & Time Room Leader
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Mon. November 13th
11:30 AM
M201A Danica Olson
olsond38@matc.edu
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Weds. November 15th
2:30 PM
M201A Danica Olson
olsond38@matc.edu
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Mon. November 20th
1:00 PM
M201A Danica Olson
olsond38@matc.edu
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 21st
9:00 AM
M201A Megan Hamilton
hamiltml@matc.edu
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 28th
2:00 PM
M201A Kameal Love
lovek2@matc.edu

Oak Creek Campus

WORKSHOP TOPIC DATE & TIME ROOM LEADER
End of Semester Process & Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Thurs. November 30th
1:00 PM
A120 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu

West Allis Campus

WORKSHOP TOPIC DATE & TIME ROOM LEADER
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 28th
12:00 PM
350 Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu

Watch your MATC email for workshop announcements and send an RSVP to tltdept@matc.edu to attend.

INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage October 29th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance on Sunday October 29th from 7:00 AM until 2:00 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 and logging in with your MATC network account:

Blackboard Faculty Support Liaison Schedule and Upcoming Workshops

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The faculty liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions and assistance. Contact them for one-on-one consultation or attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop at your campus this semester.

Upcoming October Workshops

Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline

  • Weds. October 18th, 9:00 AM, Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A
  • Mon. October 23rd, 2:00 PM; Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A
  • Tues. October 24th, 9:00 AM; Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A
  • Mon. October 30th, 2:00 PM, Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A

Blackboard Tips and Tricks

  • Mon. October 30th, 12:00 PM, West Allis Campus, Room 350

More workshops will be announced as we get closer to the end of the semester. Watch your MATC email for announcements!

Using Quality Matters to Improve your Online Course – Free Webinar October 18th

Do 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 evaluating and improving online/blended 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.

A Brief Introduction to Quality Matters

QM concerns quality course design only – the forethought and planning that goes into developing an online or blended course. This is different and separate from standards for course delivery, the actual teaching of the course and interaction with students. A course design’s quality is evaluated using the QM Rubric, a set of standards that define 8 specific aspects of a quality online or blended course (see video playlist to learn more).

A great way to learn about QM and the impact it has had at other institutions is to attend a free QM Success Stories webinar.

Free Webinar Offered on October 18th:  Improving Both Design and Delivery

Join faculty from Portland Community College to explore the innovative way they use QM’s Improving Your Online Course (IYOC) workshop. Discover how faculty have benefited from the approach — including how they share and reflect on course design strategies, as well as best pedagogical practices for instructional delivery. Plus, learn how you can bring this approach to your institution and expand on your own IYOC experience with a flexible F2F component designed to promote effective online teaching strategies in addition to good course design. You’ll also gain an understanding of how you can fine-tune and the apply instructional improvement plans through instructor collaboration beyond the IYOC.

DATE & TIME REGISTRATION LINK
Weds. October 18th 2PM (CDT) https://www.qmprogram.org/qmresources/registration/index.cfm?sid=9704

 Register today, seats are limited!

Blackboard News You Can Use – October 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

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 first letter, you will find links to tips, support resources, and training opportunities! To receive MATC email messages at your personal email account, see these instructions.

Did You Know That All Course Sections Require a Syllabus Posted in Blackboard?

It’s true! All faculty are required to post a syllabus to each course they teach in Blackboard. To learn more, review our First-time Login Instructions and our First-Time Guide to Adding a Syllabus.

How Faculty Can Help Students Be Successful in their Courses

If you are new to using Blackboard, there are several great tools that you can use to communicate with students, share resources, and post grade feedback to inform students throughout the semester. Check out our guide to learn more.

Did You Know that Faculty Can Now Submit Final Grades through Blackboard?

By popular request, Blackboard now has a tool for posting final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline. All faculty are invited to use the tool. To learn more, attend an info session this fall!

Where Can You Get Training or Support?

For in-depth training, complete Professional Development’s free Blackboard training courses. They are offered every semester and do count towards FQAS! For how-to questions and guidance, MATC’s faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact. See their schedule for one-on-one consultation availability. Lastly, check out the Blackboard Faculty Support Website for illustrated self-paced tutorials and support forms.


Published by MATC’s Teaching and Learning Technology Department
Website: tlc.matc.edu | Email:tltdept@matc.edu

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