News

May 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 a few reminders about end of the semester tasks and a few updates.

Final Grades are Due by Friday, May 25th 5:00 PM CST
Per the Registrar’s Office, please submit final course grades by May 25th 5:00 PM CST. After this time, the Registrar’s Office will make final grading submission temporarily unavailable.
During the timeframe that grading is available, faculty may choose to submit final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline using the ILP Integration tool located within their courses. All faculty may use this convenient tool if desired. To learn more about using this tool, view our video tutorials. Additional information about this tool is available in the FAQ.

Routine Blackboard Update to Occur Friday, May 25th After 6 PM CST

After the final grading period closes, Blackboard will undergo routine maintenance to update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. The update process will take approximately 24 hours to complete with no expected downtime.
We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3300 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3400. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur.


At the end of each semester, instructors teaching within Blackboard must perform a series of tasks called the End of the Semester Process. This process is helpful for preserving a record of an instructor’s course content, Grade Center, and student work in an Archive file.

For a video demonstration of each step in the process, see this playlist.

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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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WileyPLUS Planned Maintenance


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WileyPLUS Planned Maintenance

Maintenance Details

May 19, 4:30 – 6:15 CST

Dear WileyPLUS User,

Wiley continues to fine-tune WileyPLUS. On Saturday, May 19th, they will be updating their system. As a result, WileyPLUS will be unavailable from 4:30 – 6:00 AM CST.

They apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact your WileyPLUS Customer Success Specialist or send a message to customersuccess@wiley.com. If you are a student, please use our 24/7 Live Chat at http://hub.wiley.com/community/support/wileyplus.

Sincerely,

WileyPLUS, Product Manager

Spring 2018 End of Semester Course Surveys

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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 May 21.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

COSMO and INFonline Outage on Sunday (5/6/18)

The Information Systems Team will perform COSMO maintenance on Sunday 5/6/18.Image result for outage image

COSMO and INFOnline will be unavailable between 7 AM and 2 PM. 

Thanks

MATC’s Information Systems Team
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For concerns or questions regarding the information contained in this message, please contact the IT Support at 414-297-6541.

WileyPLUS Planned Maintenance


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WileyPLUS Planned Maintenance

May 5, 5:00 – 5:15 CST
Maintenance Details
Dear WileyPLUS User,

Wiley continues to fine-tune WileyPLUS. On Saturday, May 5th, we will be updating our system. As a result, WileyPLUS will be unavailable from 5:00 – 5:15 AM CST.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. If you have any questions, please contact your WileyPLUS Implementation Specialist or send a message to implementationspecialist@wiley.com.

Thank you for using WileyPLUS!

Sincerely,
Ryann
WileyPLUS, Product Manager

Reminder: Respondus LockDown Browser Advanced Webinar

LockDown Browser

Attend a special training webinar tomorrow that focuses on the advanced settings and features of LockDown Browser. A Respondus product specialist will show how to allow ebooks, spreadsheets and calculators during an online test.

We’ll also discuss how students can use LockDown Browser on different devices (such as an iPad) and cover some best practices. The session is intended for instructors who already have basic knowledge of LockDown Browser. Register now!

WEBINAR:

LockDown Browser Advanced Settings

Wednesday, May 2 at 1 pm CT

ER&D New Course Offering *REQUIRED*

REQUIRED OF ALL FACULTY

checklist of instructor responsibilitiesZERD 104: Institutional Data & Evaluation Workshop
Format: Online
Available on May 6, 2018

Facilitator: Dr. Meredith Reeves

WTCS has determined that ALL part-time and full-time faculty successfully complete an online workshop ZERD-104.  You will register for the workshop on INFOnline and the workshop completion date is December 9, 2018.

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ZERD – 104:  Institutional Data and Evaluation Workshop provides a unique opportunity designed to provide a captivating look into important MATC data as well as satisfy the requirements for the new Data and Evidence Analysis competency for the WTCS Instructor Credentialing.

Please register in INFOnline!

Click here to view the tutorial on how to register for a course in INFOnline.

ER&D’s Summer Schedule 2018-2019

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ZERD 011: Preparation for Online Teaching
Dates: 6/10 – 7/29/2018
Facilitator: Toshiba Adams
Format: Online

Prerequisite: COMPSW-197 Introduction to Blackboard

ZERD-011 is required for any faculty interested in teaching online classes.

This course is open for faculty needing Recertification credits or FQAS hours.This course will provide participants with an introduction to designing and delivering an online course. The course will provide a theoretical framework for course design and delivery; demonstrate the importance of engaging students’ interactive experience; emphasize the importance of building an online learning community; promote strategies for integrating educational technologies into online teaching; review best practices related to course design; and model approaches for incorporating a variety of online assessments. After completing this course, participants will be able to understand the pedagogical concepts, trends and mechanics of online course design and delivery; recognize the types of learning tools and resources available in an online environment; conduct a self and peer assessment of an online course design; and apply the principles learned in this course to begin designing or enhancing an online course. Blackboard will be utilized as the content management system. Online hours are incorporated for completion of assignments and the final project.

(2 crs/80 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 104: Institutional Data & Evaluation
Available on May 6, 2018
Facilitator: Meredith Reeves
Format: Online Workshop

REQUIRED OF ALL FACULTY

WTCS has determined that ALL part-time and full-time faculty successfully complete an online workshop ZERD-104.  You will register for the workshop in INFOnline.

Institutional Data and Evaluation Workshop provides a unique opportunity designed to provide a captivating look into important MATC data as well as satisfy the requirements for the new Data and Evidence Analysis competency for the WTCS Instructor Credentialing.

Please complete this workshop no later than December 9, 2018.


ZERD 200: Online Teaching Methods
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Stephanie McKinney
Format: Online

This course will explore teaching methods and best practices for online course delivery. Students will build on the theoretical framework from ZERD 011 and will continue to refine their online course.  Strategies to deal with challenging student situations in the online environment will be explored.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 202: Teaching & Learning w/ Technology
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Mernathan Sykes
Format: Online

This course will explore a variety of technology tools to enhance teaching and learning. This course explores the use of various academic technologies for the online, blended, hybrid and face-to-face learning environments. Technology tools for instruction will be applied to developing course curriculum.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 203: Teaching Direct from High School
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Kameal Love
Format: Online

This course will focus on new teaching methodologies to address the characteristics of the direct-from-high-school students, including generational differences in learning styles, socioeconomic and ethnic differences and the impacts of achievement gaps for the MATC student. Creating a culture of success, teachers will develop learning activities including the use of social media, varied technology, and improving the study skills for students.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 204: Teaching Career Essentials
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Lori Kornblum
Format: Online

This course teaches instructors how to integrate Career Essentials into their classrooms to prepare students for the workplace.  Instructors will develop authentic assessments to meet at least one Career Essential.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 205: Engagement & Technology
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Amarilis Martinez
Format: Online

This course is designed to help faculty learn and apply effective student engagement strategies.  In this course, faculty will learn about active learning, leading dynamic discussions, and be introduced to teaching techniques that use technology in the classroom, in an online course, and in a flipped classroom.  Instructors will revise their current curriculum to incorporate new engagements strategies.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


 For more information, please contact:

Dr. Meredith Reeves ER&D Curriculum Coordinator reevesmk@matc.edu

Click here to access INFOnline

Click here to view the tutorial on how to register for a course in INFOnline.

Click here to view Summer Course Schedule in PDF format.

Spring 2018 Mid-semester course surveys

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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 March 19.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

ER&D New Course Offering

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Please Register Early to Prevent Cancellation of Course

ZERD 106-200:  Integrate Reading Strategies

Blended

Milwaukee Campus  

Instructor:  Dr. Meredith Kay Reeves

This course provides instructors with strategies and best practices to enhance students’ study skills and expand students’ reading skills including comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills.  Instructors will revise their current curriculum to facilitate students’ application of reading skills to academic tasks as they read to acquire and retain content-based information.

Please register in INFOnline: Click here to register for ZERD-106-200

Click here to view the tutorial on how to register for a course in INFOnline.

 

Are Chromebooks compatible with LockDown Browser?

Did you know that there are limitations to using Chrome OS and that “Respondus Lockdown Browser and some types of content specific to Microsoft applications will be inaccessible on Chrome OS”?

 

 

LockDown Browser for Chromebook is available to 1) K-12 schools that, 2) have

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purchased a LockDown Browser license, 3) use school-wide mobile device management for their Chromebooks, and 4) have an enterprise license of Canvas, Schoology, or Blackboard Learn. Respondus is only offering LockDown Browser for Chromebook only to K-12 institutions at this time.  LockDown Browser for Chromebook is not available to Higher Education institutions, nor to K-12 institutions that have dual enrolled students needing to take exams at colleges and universities.

Click on the link below to view the faculty and student minimum technology requirements guides:
Faculty Technology Requirements
Student Technology Requirements

 

 

FA2018 (2017) End of Semester Course Surveys

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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 December 19th.

Thank you,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

Course Survey Instructions for Students

New Course Offering by ER&D

ZERD 106-200:  Integrate Reading Strategies

1 credit = 40 FQAS hours 
Blended Classroom Format
Milwaukee Campus

Instructor:  Dr. Meredith Reeves

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 Dates 

MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/02/2018 – 02/02/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/16/2018 – 02/16/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/23/2018 – 02/23/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 01:00PM – 04:55PM 02/23/2018 – 02/23/2018
This course provides instructors with strategies and best practices to enhance Zerd 106 imagestudents’ study skills and expand students’ reading skills including comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. Instructors will revise their current curriculum to facilitate students’ application of reading skills to academic tasks as they read to acquire and retain content-based information.