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.

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!

FA2018 (2017) 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 October 30.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

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.

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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 
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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!

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

 

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

Blackboard Clean-Up: Archive Last Spring’s Courses Before April 7th

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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 spring 2016 course you taught before they are permanently deleted from Blackboard on Friday April 7th at 8:00 AM (Central).

Remember, courses that were offered in the spring of 2016 will have Blackboard IDs that begin with SP2016.

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!

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.

In-Line Grading in Blackboard: Crocodoc!

During this one hour information session, faculty will review how to use Blackboard’s inline grading tool called Crocodoc. This tool allows you to grade and annotate documents that students submit as assignments right in the course’s Grade Center!

Date & Time Location Leader
Thurs. March 9th. 1-2PM South Campus, room A-120 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu

 

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.

Winterim Faculty Guide to Preparing Courses

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snowflake2Because MATC’s campuses and support services are closed during the holiday break, we strongly advise faculty teaching Winterim semester courses to refer to these guidelines and resources.

Do Not Use Course Copy to Develop Courses

We strongly advise using the Archive and Import process of moving course materials from one section into another to avoid experiencing technical problems caused by Course Copy.

Support Resources

Faculty may use the tutorials and contact form on the Faculty Blackboard Support website.  Additional information to advise Winterim students is available here.

Students new to using Blackboard should review the Start Here page and Blackboard Student Orientation.  Students may use the tutorials and contact form on the Student Blackboard Support website.

Login Problems

Use the online Password Manager  to retrieve your login credentials or update an expired password.  If you can not use the Password Manager, create a ticket using the Help Desk’s online form to request assistance. The password to submit the request form is: MATC.

Resolving Common Technical Problems

  • Use the Browser Tester on Blackboard’s home page to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions.
  • Advise students using Google Chrome as their browser to update it to the latest version to prevent technical problems when taking tests in Blackboard.
  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.
  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use your course’s Student Preview Mode to see what students see.
  • For problems with publisher content, please contact your publisher’s technical support directly for assistance. We have compiled a list of publisher support resources here.

Deterring Cheating in Proctored Exams with Respondus Lockdown Browser

This December, faculty may view a one hour training session on how to use Respondus Lockdown Browser to deter cheating on tests delivered through Blackboard. Please note that Respondus Lockdown Browser is a software program that is meant to be used in proctored classroom environments only.

Instructor Training for LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

DATE & TIME SIGN UP
Thurs. December 15th
12 PM – 1 PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Wed. January 11th
1PM – 2PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.
Thurs. January 19th
2PM – 3PM
Click here to register and view on your own computer.

To help faculty identify more robust, effective strategies to deter cheating in online tests, we strongly recommend that faculty review these resources: