SU2018 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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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 July 31.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

[WEBINAR] Creating a connection with students in online courses

 

Connecting with students in a fully online course

Innovations in Integrations Webinars

Connecting with students presents a unique challenge to fully online instructors. Join us for this next innovations in integrations webinar as Professor Rego shares best practices to overcome this obstacle by using the NBC Learn integration with Blackboard for a picture-perfect student engagement experience.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at 1:00 pm Central 
Presenter: Rodolfo Rego
Digital Instructor
Florida International University
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Update: Need Help with Sum Total? – Open Labs

sumtotal imageHR is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Tuesday, June 13 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A120
Friday, June 16 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Tuesday, June 27 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Tuesday, June 20 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

West Allis Campus – Room 238
Thursday, June 15 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on the right side of the SumTotal home page. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact me (Michelle Krueger) or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions.

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger
Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-7479

Respondus Online Training Webinars

May 2017

Summer term is almost here, and we’re ready to help you prepare your online tests. Take just 45 minutes this month to join a free training webinar – and increase your confidence in online testing.

You’ll see LockDown Browser and Respondus Monitor in action, and learn how to prevent cheating in both proctored and non-proctored online tests. Sign up for one of the dates below!

UPCOMING TRAINING DATES

Tuesday, May 9 at 3pm CT
Wednesday, May 10 at 3pm CT

 

Assessment Tools for Learning Systems
www.respondus.com

SP2017 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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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 15th.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

ER&D Spring 2017 Technology Tool Shop

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ZERD 094: Technology Tool Shop I (1c)

The college has an incredible inventory of innovative technologies to enhance teaching and learning, but it is difficult for faculty to find the time to explore these technologies and implement into a curriculum. This workshop helps bridge that gap. Participants will design their own curriculum specific project using the technology of their choice. This will be accomplished with the assistance and guidance of “technology mentors”. Participants will also review pedagogical best practices for instruction with new technologies. This FQAS course can be completed for “renewal” credit.

ZERD 012: Technology Tool Shop II

This advanced technology course will scaffold from the concepts explored in Technology Tool Shop I.  Participants will continue to build upon their curriculum-specific project or choose a new project to explore, using the technology of their choice.  This will be accomplished with the assistance and guidance of “technology mentors”. Participants will also review pedagogical best practices for instruction with new technologies.

FORMAT

DATES

TIME

LOCATION

Face to Face Workshops

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

9 a.m – 2 p.m.

(w/ 45 min lunch)

S120 and various computer labs

Independent Work w/Technology Guide(s)

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

various computer labs

An important announcement for WileyPLUS users

Planned Upgrades for WileyPLUS users:

On Saturday, April 22nd from 1 AM to 7 AM ET, WileyPLUS will be unavailable due to a scheduled improvement release.

This release focuses on performance improvements, better user experience for LMS integrated users, and updates for customers using Math courses.

Performance Improvements: WileyPLUS will be updated for improved performance.

Improvements for Integrated Users: Instructors integrating WileyPLUS with their campus Learning Management System (LMS) and using ungraded assignments will no longer see those ungraded assignments count towards the students’ total score in the LMS.

Updates for Math Customers: Question assistance in math courses, such as images, and algorithmic solutions, will appear as expected.

If you have any questions, please contact The WileyPLUS Team at accountmanager@wiley.com.

Need Help with SumTotal? – Open Labs

sumtotal imageHR is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Tuesday, March 14 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, March 17 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A214
Wednesday, March 15 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Wednesday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.

West Allis Campus – Room 200
Thursday, March 16 from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on MyMATC. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact me or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions..

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger
Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College
414-297-7479

SP2017 Mid-semester Course Evaluation

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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 21st.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

Join Professionals Abroad in Guatemala this summer!

Guatemala (2015)

  • May 26 – June 9
  • Open to full and part-time faculty and staff
  • Earn three credits
    • Cultural Competence – 1 credit
    • Service Learning – 1 credit
    • Spanish Language Acquisition – 1 credit

Contact: Deb Hoem-Esparza hoemesd@matc.edu or Barbara Surwillo surwillb@matc.edu

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MATC Planned Internet Outage on Sunday February 5th

Information Technology has been informed by our Internet Service Provider that they require a brief (15 minute) maintenance window on Sunday morning, February 5, 2017, to upgrade our Internet router. This will result in a loss of Internet connectivity from Midnight to roughly 12:15 a.m. this Sunday morning.

Note:  This will NOT affect access to the Blackboard Learning Management System as this is hosted offsite. 

If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 414-297-6541.

Need Help with Sum Total? – Open Labs

Michelle Krueger, Manager of Training & Development is hosting the following open labs to provide Sum Total assistance.  If you or any of your employees have questions or need assistance, please stop by and attend one of the Open Labs listed below. This is first come, first serve; there is no registration for the open lab.

Milwaukee Campus – M458
Thursday, January 26 from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 31 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Oak Creek Campus – A120
Wednesday, January 25 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Mequon Campus – A224
Friday, January 27 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

As a reminder, there are also electronic resources available for your use on MyMATC or Sumtotal. Employees not able to attend the open lab can contact Michelle Krueger or Jodie McCutcheon in Human Resources with questions.

Best regards,

Michelle Krueger

Manager, Training & Development
Milwaukee Area Technical College

5 Ways to Make Your Online Classrooms More Interactive

Faculty Focus | Higher Ed Teaching & Learning

By: Amy Peterson

The convenience and flexibility of the online learning environment allows learners to develop new skills and further their education, regardless of where they live. However, for all of its benefits, online learning can sometimes feel isolating for students and faculty. The question is: how do you build a sense of community in your online courses? One approach involves cultivating more interaction—between you and your students and among the students themselves. Here are five practical tips for increasing the human connection in your online classrooms.

1. Integrate real-time interaction

college student sitting outside with laptopWhen online courses are completely asynchronous, there is often limited interaction between you and your students and class members with each other. Consider, for example, that real-time conversations don’t occur during a video lecture, when you post announcements, or when students post on a discussion board. That lag in response time kills the momentum of a back-and-forth discussion and can sometimes lead to misunderstandings.

Integrating opportunities for real-time interaction into your online course can help change that and develop a sense of community in a course. Consider how impromptu conversations outside the traditional classroom forge relationships, clarify ideas, and spark new insights. You can facilitate these interactions by setting up opportunities for class members to meet online synchronously both formally and informally. Using web conferencing applications, you can create a variety of synchronous interaction opportunities, such as office hours, small group discussions, whole class discussions, and study groups.

2. Get creative with discussion boards

Discussion boards have long been the communication staple for online courses, but there are ways you can make this experience more interactive for much wider and deeper participation. In a traditional classroom, it’s common for only a small percentage of students to participate in discussion. In an online environment, you can structure your discussions so that everyone contributes, plus they’ll have more time to consider what they want to say before responding. Class size helps determine how you organize discussions. In a larger class of, say, 100 students, you can set up smaller discussion groups of 20 or so people so that students can get to know their fellow classmates. You can also create even smaller groups (5-7 people) for more intimate interaction, and rotate these groups to expand interactions. This approach also works with smaller class sizes.

One technique that fosters richer dialogue is creating discussion prompts that are open ended, such as requiring students to provide examples or asking them to interpret a concept from a variety of perspectives. You could also set up student-facilitated discussion opportunities where students craft the discussion prompt and guide the ensuing dialogue.

3. Maximize engagement with non-task interaction

Non-task interactions are those exchanges that are not part of the direct learning, but help create a supportive learning community. You can facilitate these types of interactions by leveraging the social networking capabilities that are available in many learning management systems, such as chat and web conferencing. Using the group functionality, students can create special interest groups or study groups. If your LMS doesn’t have the functionality to support a social network, you can still create one with a private Facebook page or one of the many group messaging apps available, such as Telegram and Slack.

information overload computer keyOf important note, academic social networks require planning and ongoing maintenance. The value of the social network needs to be explicit before it will become a common destination. Many schools begin by asking students to create bios and add profile pictures, but these activities alone will not encourage students to keep coming back to the network. Techniques for transforming the social network into a destination include frequently updating content (on a weekly or if possible daily basis) and incorporating contributions to the social network into classes (e.g. using the social network tools for group work; asking students to post their discussion contributions into their social network feed).

4. Use multiple communication tools

You’re not alone in wanting to increase and enhance student engagement and interaction. For example, schools can create a program-wide social network that allows students to continue their relationships with other students from course to course. Within this private social network, the administrators and support staff can use direct messages, announcements, and live events to enhance student engagement in the program.

This sort of institutional support is not necessary, however, for your class to be interactive. In addition to external social networking tools, such as Facebook, Telegram, Slack, and WhatsApp, students can meet each other in real time on Skype and Google Hangouts. Preprogrammed communication, such as introductory videos, content presentation, and email, are still important components of online learning, but student interaction can take the learning further, faster.

5. Have a plan around the tool

A tech tool is only as good as you the way you use it from a pedagogical perspective. When you move a face-to-face course online, or create an online course from scratch, consider how interaction will support the learning goals in your course. By enhancing the opportunities for interaction in your online classrooms, you can take an already powerful learning opportunity to the next level for all of your students.

Amy Peterson is senior vice president of course design, development and academic research at Pearson. She has more than 15 years of experience developing online and hybrid courses and learning experiences for dozens of universities and colleges.