Free Webinar: Trends in Course Materials and Student Learning


On Wednesday October 25th, 1:00 PM CDT, Inside Higher Ed will be offering a FREE 1-hour webinar called Student Learning and Course Materials. All MATC faculty are invited to attend this presentation to learn about:

  • The importance of course materials to student learning.
  • Trends in course materials.
  • Issues of effectiveness and cost-effectiveness from the perspective of students and institutions.

Click Here to Register

Project Access Seminar – Supporting Student Success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing Students

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Faculty, Administrators and Staff who work with or plan to work with Deaf or Hard of Hearing students are encouraged to attend this one-day seminar focused on providing the skills and information needed to increase success for Deaf or Hard of Hearing students in a mainstream classroom. A complimentary lunch will be provided! See this event flyer for more details.

Event Details
Friday, September 8th, 2017 8 A.M. – 4 P.M.
Milwaukee Campus, room M605

To attend, complete the Online RSVP Form before Wednesday, August 30, 2017.

Internet Service – Scheduled Maintenance June 1st 2017

Per the IT Department:

All MATC internet connectivity will be unavailable on Thursday June 1, 2017 from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Central Time) due to scheduled maintenance.

  • The outage will NOT affect access to Gmail or Blackboard because these systems are hosted offsite.

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

MATC’s Internet Service – Scheduled Maintenance April 11, 2017

Per the IT Department:

On Tuesday April 11th from 7:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Central), all MATC internet connectivity will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance and hardware upgrades.

This will NOT affect access to Gmail or the Blackboard Learning Management System, as these are hosted offsite.
If you have additional questions, please contact the IT Helpdesk at 414-297-6541.
Thank you for your understanding.

Webinar Opportunity – Literacy Tools through the Read&Write Google Extension


Faculty who are interested in supporting literacy learning are invited to view a free 1 hour webinar on their own computers introducing a Google Chrome extension called Read&Write. With this extension installed, students may use powerful tools to:

  • Hear text from PDF and Google Docs documents read aloud with on-screen highlighting
  • Access translations and definitions of text
  • Create and listen to notes directly in Google Docs
  • Receive predictive suggestions for word choice as they type

Webinar Details  

“Looking for Great Literacy Tools for ALL Students? Milwaukee Public Schools Share Their Story With Read&Write for Google”

Tues. January 31st
3 PM to 4 PM (Central)
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage Friday December 2nd through December 4th

Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance starting on Friday December 2nd 4:00 PM  through Sunday December 4th 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 directly to log in using your MATC network account.
  • To access your MATC Gmail, go to  to log in using your full MATC email address and MATC network password.


Upcoming Blackboard Workshops for November

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’s leader directly.

Grade Book  Workshop

During this one hour session, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s Grade Center to create, share, and manage continuous grade feedback.

Date & Time Location Leader
Mon. November 14th, 12-1PM Mequon Campus, room B220 Stephanie Mckennie


What’s New in Blackboard and the End of Semester Process

During this one hour session, faculty will be introduced to the following Blackboard tools to support teaching and learning tasks: Date Management ; Course Reports ; Grade Center Color Codes; and the Qwickly Tools . Faculty will also review the End of Semester Process best practices for closing a course.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. November 16th, 12-1PM West Allis Campus, room 350 Erin Dischler


Register Today: Google Apps for Online Teaching Course Begins September 16th

Date/Time:  Fridays 10/14/16 – 11/04/16, 9:00 AM – 11:55 PM plus 4 hours online.
Location: Milwaukee Campus, room M458
Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

This free 1-credit  faculty professional development course involves techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student groupwork and faculty interaction).

Register Today Using INFOnline

Adding Closed Captions to Your Own Instructional Videos


Instructors who create their own instructional videos must provide learners with closed captions and text transcripts of the video’s content to be in compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Closed captions are text subtitles that can be turned on or off when viewing a video. They are different from open captions, which is text that is always visible and “burned” into the video.

Closed Caption Options

Option One – Do It Yourself
Instructors are strongly encouraged to use their MATC Google Apps YouTube accounts to host and caption videos. YouTube videos support closed captions, transcripts, and are accessible on mobile devices.

Option Two – Request Transcription
You may request assistance from the Faculty Innovation Center (FIC) to transcribe your video into a caption file that you can pair with your video on YouTube.  After receiving a caption file from FIC staff, you must upload the caption file to your YouTube video. The captions in the file will automatically sync with the YouTube video’s timings.


  • To be compliant with US copyright law, FIC Staff can only transcribe videos that instructors have created themselves! For purchased or copyright protected works, the instructor must contact the video’s publisher to legally acquire closed captions.

  • FIC Staff will transcribe video that is provided to them in a downloadable digital video file in .MP4 or .MOV format.  If the video is web-based or written to a camcorder mini-DVD, the instructor will need to convert the video to a supported file format before requesting transcription services.

Request Process

If your video is ready for transcription, please use the transcription request form to submit your request and send your video file to the Faculty Innovation Center.

Transcription requests will be completed in the order received; exceptions will be made by request of the Director of Accommodations. Services will be completed within 10 business days of the accepted request unless otherwise indicated.

Once your video has been transcribed, an FIC staff member will send you the video’s closed caption file through email.

COSMO/INFOnline Maintenance Coming Sunday March 20th

Per the IT department, COSMO/INFOnline will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on Sunday March 20th, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT.

Please Note! - During this time, the course links module found in the MATC Portal may be unavailable. This is because the course links module is created through INFOnline/COSMO processes. Blackboard itself will be available for access.

  • Faculty and students are advised to log into directly to access courses during the outage.
  • If you have trouble logging in directly, please use the online password manager to resolve the login issue.under-construction

Google Apps for Online Teaching Course – Register Today!

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Google Apps to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development course this spring. The course will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit.

Google Apps Course

You may register for these classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide “How to Register for Classes Online” or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

If you have questions about this course, please contact instructor Mernathan Sykes at

Google for Education – Free Online Conference May 8th & 9th

Google for Education will be providing a free online conference for educators to learn about trends, issues, and best practices in teaching with cutting edge technologies on Friday May 8th and Saturday May 9th.

Education on Air

Keynote speakers include LeVar Burton, Sir Michael Barber, Lisa Bodell, and many other experts in innovative education. A variety of training sessions facilitated by expert educators in the use of technology for teaching, learning, and assessment will be provided by on day two of the conference.

Dates & Times

  • May 8th 9:00 AM – 1:45  PM CDT
  • May 9th  6:00 AM – 8:30 PM CDT

Register online for the conference at  We recommend using Google Chrome to access each live, online presentation.

McGraw Hill Connect Scheduled Maintenance – Saturday October 11th

McGraw-Hill Connect will be performing a scheduled maintenance update on Saturday October 11th from 4AM to 9AM (Central Time).  During that time, McGraw Hill Connect content will be temporarily unavailable at their website and in MATC’s Blackboard.  Be sure to visit the Connect Blog following the update for more details.

No other services will be affected.