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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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

 

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

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

 

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops – March 2018

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All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!

For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly.

Workshop Date Location Presenter
Blackboard Collaborate Ultra
Provide an extra layer of support for your students using Collaborate Ultra, a synchronous online meeting tool.
Tuesday March 13th, 1-2 PM Mequon Campus, room B220 Stephanie McKennie
mckennis@matc.edu

Are You New to Using Blackboard? We Have the Course for You!

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There is still time to sign up for professional development’s free Introduction to Blackboard course that counts for 1 FQAS credit hour. 

COMPSW-197-200  Introduction to Blackboard 9.x
Date: Mondays February 26th & March 5th
Time: 4:30 PM- 8:30 PM (with online requirements)
Instructor:  Erin Dischler

Enroll in INFOnline today to claim your seat!

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

 

 

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops – February 2018

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All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS!

No registration is required.  However, we ask that you complete our RSVP form to reserve your seat. 

For questions about workshops, please contact the workshop’s leader directly.

Workshop Date Location Presenter
Qwickly Jot Assignment Tool
We will be reviewing a new tool available within Blackboard called Qwickly Jot Assignment.,This will also be an open session to ask questions about Blackboard.
Thursday February 15th, 1-2 PM Oak Creek Campus,Room A-214 Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu
Tips for Better Gradebook Management
We will be reviewing several tips to help you manage student grades in your course’s Grade Center.
Tuesday February 27th, 12:30 – 1:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, M201A Danica Olson
olsond38@matc.edu
Blackboard Tips and Tricks
We will be reviewing several tips and tricks to support your teaching practice in Blackboard.
Wednesday February 28th, 12-1 PM West Allis Campus,Room 350 Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu

Winterim Faculty Support Guide 2017-18

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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

  • To troubleshoot content availability settings, use Student Preview Mode to see what students see.

  • Use Blackboard’s Browser Tester to check your technology’s settings and review the Resolving Common Browser Problems page for solutions to common issues.

  • If you see a “Module Information is Unavailable” message in Blackboard, see the workaround instructions here.

  • 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.


If you have questions, contact tltdept@matc.edu

Blackboard Update Coming January 2018

Blackboard Update Announcement - January 2018

Key Enhancements

We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3200 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3300. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur, but the following enhancements will be added.

Enhancement

Description

Course Availability Icon

Instructors will be able to manage the availability of a course through an icon on the course’s Home module page. This tool is an addition to existing course availability management tools, such as Qwickly.

More Efficient Grade Center Management

The Grade Center’s Column Organization tool will allow you to select and delete multiple columns at once. However, assessments linked to a course menu can only be cleared using this tool. An assessment must be deleted from the course menu before its column can be deleted.

Discussion Board “Replies to Me” Filter

Discussion participants will see a “Replies to Me” counter icon when viewing a forum. This feature displays the number of replies added to a participant’s thread. The participant can view replies by clicking on the “Replies to Me” icon.

Discussion Board “Remove Sorting” Button

If the instructor has sorted forums alphabetically, a “Remove Sorting” button will appear. Clicking this button will undo the sorting and allow the instructor to click and drag forums into a desired order.

Updated Inline Grading

Crocodocs will reach the end of its life and will be replaced by a comparable preview and annotation tool called Box View by January 8th, 2018. MATC must take the update to Box View to maintain the availability of Inline Grading to our faculty and students. To learn more about this change, see our guide.

Annotations added to documents using Crocodocs prior to the Box View conversion will be preserved, but will be read-only.

Fixes to Known Issues

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Resolved Issue

Announcement

An “Access Denied” error will no longer display to guests when viewing a course’s Announcements page.

Course Menu

Changes to the order of course menu items stay in position after page is refreshed or navigation to a different page.

Course Messages

An error generating an “Unknown Sender” message in the Course Messages tool is resolved in this update.

Discussion Board

An error preventing discussion board subscription notifications from being sent to subscribers is resolved in this update.

Grade Center

The Grade Center’s email tool sends attached files with correct file extensions.

Retention Center

The Retention Center now displays risk markers aligned within table cells.

5 Reasons to Submit Final Grades through Blackboard

Successfully piloted in Summer 2017, the tool to submit midterm or final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline is available in your fall courses. All faculty are invited to use this tool for the following reasons.

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Reason 1 – You asked for it, and we listened.

This feature has been long requested by faculty and it is finally here. College leadership is excited to provide you with additional tools to support your successful completion of the final grade submission process.

Reason 2 – Even if you don’t use Blackboard, you can use this tool.

Every course taught at MATC has a course shell in Blackboard that contains a final grade tool called ILP Integration. If you do not use Blackboard to provide continuous grade feedback to students, you can still use this tool to submit final grades to INFOnline through the tool’s simple form.

Reason 3 – Efficiency!

If you already use Blackboard’s Grade Center throughout the semester, you can configure a Total or Weighted Total column to calculate a final letter grade to use as a reference when submitting final grades through Blackboard. You will confirm and send these grades to INFOnline through completing the tool’s simple form.

Reason 4 – Final grades are due December 29th  by 5:00 PM CST

With such ready access to a final grade submission tool in Blackboard in addition to INFOnline, there are few reasons to miss the December 29th deadline for final grades.

Reason 5 – Support resources are available.

We have a variety of resources available to help you learn how to use this simple and efficient tool. Review our tutorial, FAQ, and training videos. Contact the TLT Department  if you have questions.

Blackboard End of the Semester Process

End of the Semester Process

At the end of each semester, it is the instructor’s responsibility to perform this process. To review how to perform this process and assign final grades through Blackboard, see these tutorials and attend a workshop this December. Faculty may earn 1 CEU hour towards FQAS by attending!

If you have questions about these processes, contact a Blackboard Faculty Liaison for one-on-one assistance during their open lab hours or by appointment. See their schedule and contact information.

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