This course provides instructors with strategies and best practices to enhance students’ study skills and expand students’ reading skills including comprehension, fluency, and vocabulary skills. Instructors will revise their current curriculum to facilitate students’ application of reading skills to academic tasks as they read to acquire and retain content-based information.
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Welcome 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 review several communication tools that you can use to connect and interact with your students in face-to-face and online courses.
Use the Announcement Tool for Weekly Announcements
One way to keep students engaged and on track in their learning is through frequent, timely communication. Faculty can use the Announcement tool to notify students of course events, introduce or summarize class activities, provide general feedback for all learners, or post regular class updates. Announcements can be pushed out to student email immediately or they can be scheduled in advance. If you teach multiple sections of a course that would benefit from the same announcement, consider using the Qwickly tool to send immediate announcements to multiple sections at once.
Support Learning and Community through Discussion Boards
The Discussion Board is a communication tool that allows students and the instructor to discuss, interact, and exchange ideas. The Discussion Board tool can be used by faculty to foster a sense of community and open communication in a course. Common uses of this tool include creating a “Welcome to Class Introductions” forum to get to know students and a “Question and Answers” forum to allow students to post questions and receive support from you as well as their classmates. By subscribing to a forum, you will receive an email notification whenever there is a new message posted.
Sending Emails from Blackboard
Students are advised to access their MATC Gmail accounts frequently, as this is their main source of communication with the college. Each semester course that you teach contains an Email tool that you can use to send email notifications to an entire class or specific students. Email notifications are automatically sent to student’s MATC Gmail accounts based on the course’s roster.
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Please remind your students of these important dates:
Advising Days: Now in Progress
Priority Registration for Spring Semester Begins:
Monday, November 6 – Current Program Veteran Students
Tuesday, November 7 – All Current Program Students
Encourage your students to meet now with their faculty advisors to select their Spring semester courses. The advisor name can be found on the first page of the student’s program plan on MyMATC.
Promote the benefits of Priority Registration:
Students sign up for classes while more sections are open
It helps maintain momentum on their paths to graduation
Payment for Spring classes is not due at Priority Registration
Priority Registration begins at 7:45 a.m. on November 6 for current program veteran students and November 7 for other currently enrolled program students.
Priority Registration ends November 12.
Open Registration begins November 13 for non-program and new veteran students; November 14 for all students.
Per the IT department, INFOnline/COSMO will be temporarily unavailable due to scheduled system maintenance on Sunday October 29th from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM (CDT). During this time, the MATC Portal and INFOnline will not be available to faculty or students.
Because the MATC Portal will be unavailable, we recommend accessing Blackboard and Gmail by going to these web addresses directly and logging in with your MATC network account:
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.
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.
HR 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..
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Milwaukee Area Technical College 414-297-7479
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.