[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

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.

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!

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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