New Course Offering by ER&D

ZERD 106-200:  Integrate Reading Strategies

1 credit = 40 FQAS hours 
Blended Classroom Format
Milwaukee Campus

Instructor:  Dr. Meredith Reeves





MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/02/2018 – 02/02/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/16/2018 – 02/16/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 08:00AM – 11:55AM 02/23/2018 – 02/23/2018
MIMB – Main Building M512 Related Instruction Friday 01:00PM – 04:55PM 02/23/2018 – 02/23/2018
This course provides instructors with strategies and best practices to enhance Zerd 106 imagestudents’ 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.

Teacher Tools: Education Apps

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Do you use education apps in the classroom?Google is looking for educators to profile on their Google for Education blog. Help them discover the latest and greatest educational websites and Android apps that are making an impact in your school by filling out this form.

Blackboard News You Can Use – November 2017

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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.

Do You Have questions About Using Blackboard in Your Teaching Practice?

You are invited to attend a free 1-hour Blackboard Workshop and earn 1 CEU that counts towards FQAS! Or, connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.

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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
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Weds. November 15th
2:30 PM
M201A Danica Olson
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Mon. November 20th
1:00 PM
M201A Danica Olson
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 21st
9:00 AM
M201A Megan Hamilton
Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 28th
2:00 PM
M201A Kameal Love

Oak Creek Campus

End of Semester Process & Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Thurs. November 30th
1:00 PM
A120 Doni Bartley

West Allis Campus

Submitting Final Grades from Blackboard to INFOnline Tues. November 28th
12:00 PM
350 Erin Dischler

Watch your MATC email for workshop announcements and send an RSVP to to attend.

Student Success Tip: Priority Registration

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

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Students register through or in person at any campus Welcome Center.

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.

For more information:

INFOnline/COSMO Maintenance Outage October 29th

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:

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.

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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.





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

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

Join Professionals Abroad in Guatemala this summer!

Guatemala (2015)

  • May 26 – June 9
  • Open to full and part-time faculty and staff
  • Earn three credits
    • Cultural Competence – 1 credit
    • Service Learning – 1 credit
    • Spanish Language Acquisition – 1 credit

Contact: Deb Hoem-Esparza or Barbara Surwillo

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Professionals Abroad: Guatemala

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.