Prevent Cheating During Exams with Repondus

Instructor Trainings with Respondus

This September, attend a 45-minute training session on how to effectively use Respondus applications for online testing. Learn how to create online assessments with Respondus 4, or see how to prevent cheating during online exams using LockDown Browser.

Sign up today to learn how to use these applications!

LockDown Browser & Respondus Monitor: Prevent Cheating During Online Exams

Tuesday, September 13 at 2pm CT

Wednesday, September 28 at 1pm CT

Respondus 4.0: Create & Manage Exam Content

Thursday, September 8 at 1pm CT

Blackboard Support Guide Fall 2016

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Blackboard is MATC’s web-based learning environment.  Although Blackboard is used in online courses as the primary means of course delivery, all faculty are required to post a course syllabus to all courses in Blackboard and make their courses are available to students.  For face-to-face and blended courses, faculty are encouraged to support student success by posting course announcements, grade feedback, and supplemental materials in their courses in Blackboard.

Getting Started Information 

Faculty Training Courses

To learn to use the Blackboard online learning environment, faculty should complete our three (3) Blackboard professional development courses. Please see our fall schedule of training courses for more information.

Instructional Support

For one-on-one help with getting started, reviewing how to use Blackboard, or other instructional technologies, see an instructional support faculty liaison during their open lab hours.See their schedule for availability.

For short Blackboard questions that can be answered in 15 minutes or less, visit a Blackboard Faculty Support team member in the Milwaukee Campus’s Faculty Innovation Center during their Quick Help Hours:

Kameal Love
Hours: 9-10 AM; 2-3 PM
Ed. Assistant – ER&D; Bb Admin  ext. 78937
Megan Hamilton
Hours: 10-11 AM; 3-4 PM
Ed. Assistant – Distance Learning; Bb Admin ext. 78372

Student Support

Adding Closed Captions to Your Own Instructional Videos


Instructors who create their own instructional videos must provide learners with closed captions and text transcripts of the video’s content to be in compliance with Section 508 of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  Closed captions are text subtitles that can be turned on or off when viewing a video. They are different from open captions, which is text that is always visible and “burned” into the video.

Closed Caption Options

Option One – Do It Yourself
Instructors are strongly encouraged to use their MATC Google Apps YouTube accounts to host and caption videos. YouTube videos support closed captions, transcripts, and are accessible on mobile devices.

Option Two – Request Transcription
You may request assistance from the Faculty Innovation Center (FIC) to transcribe your video into a caption file that you can pair with your video on YouTube.  After receiving a caption file from FIC staff, you must upload the caption file to your YouTube video. The captions in the file will automatically sync with the YouTube video’s timings.


  • To be compliant with US copyright law, FIC Staff can only transcribe videos that instructors have created themselves! For purchased or copyright protected works, the instructor must contact the video’s publisher to legally acquire closed captions.

  • FIC Staff will transcribe video that is provided to them in a downloadable digital video file in .MP4 or .MOV format.  If the video is web-based or written to a camcorder mini-DVD, the instructor will need to convert the video to a supported file format before requesting transcription services.

Request Process

If your video is ready for transcription, please use the transcription request form to submit your request and send your video file to the Faculty Innovation Center.

Transcription requests will be completed in the order received; exceptions will be made by request of the Director of Accommodations. Services will be completed within 10 business days of the accepted request unless otherwise indicated.

Once your video has been transcribed, an FIC staff member will send you the video’s closed caption file through email.

End of Semester Tasks – Online Teaching Best Practices

End of Semester Tasks

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.

PLEASE NOTE! It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform the Archive process and download steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

Register for the Google Apps for Online Teaching Class this Summer!

In this free 1-credit course for faculty and staff, you will learn techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student group-work and faculty interaction).

COMPSW-184-400 Google Apps for Online Teaching    
Fri. June 10th & 17th, 9 AM–3 PM, and online, Room M458                                   Instructor: Mernathan Sykes

You may register for this classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide How to Register for classes Online or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

Google Apps Update – Calendar


Launch of Reminders for Google Calendar on the web

Google has announced that Reminders are now available in Google Calendar on the web.
New features:
Set a reminder for a specific time and date and get notified when it’s time. To create a reminder, tap on a time in the calendar grid, then select “Reminder.”
  • Reminders carry forward to the next day, until you mark them done. To mark a reminder as done, simply click on the reminder, and click ‘Mark as done’.
  • Reminders created in the Google app, Keep, and Inbox will also show in Google Calendar.
  • Reminders on the web will sync to your Google Calendar Android and iOS apps.

Please note:

  • Reminders are private to calendar owners and are not viewable, even if your calendar is shared with others.
  • Google Tasks users will not be prompted to use the Reminders feature. It can be enabled from the drop down menu on the Tasks calendar.


Google Apps Update – Drive

Set expiration dates for access to Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides files

Google has added a new feature to Google Drive.  According to Google, this new feature helps keep your organization’s information safe. Google is introducing the ability to set an “expiration date” for specific user access to files in Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, and Slides.

For instance, imagine a student receives an incomplete in your course. To complete the course, the student needs to view a spreadsheet, doc, or presentation containing pertinent information about the course. Following this launch, you’ll be able to share docs, spreadsheets, and presentations with the student, give them view access-only, and set that access to expire at the end of the semester. If the student attempts to open the spreadsheet after the expiration date has passed, they’ll be denied access.

Please note that you’ll only be able to set expiration dates for users with comment or view access; you will not be able to set expiration dates for file owners or users with edit access.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops for March


All faculty are invited to attend any of the following workshops to learn how to use Blackboard tools to make instruction more efficient and student learning experiences more effective. Please use our workshop reservation form to save your seat.

Setting Up Blackboard Grade Center

At the end of this one hour session, participants will be able to: access a course Grade Center, create columns for assignments, created weighted grades, and learn how the Grade Center can help you and your students keep tabs on their learning progress.

Date & Time Location Leader
Weds. March 9th, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Pablo Muirhead

Google Apps Workshop

During this one-hour session, participants will review using Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs to enhance their productivity and teaching practice.

Date & Time Location Leader
Tues. March 22nd, 11AM-12PM Milwaukee Campus, Room M201A Mernathan Sykes

Google Apps for Online Teaching Course – Register Today!

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Google Apps to support teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development course this spring. The course will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit.

Google Apps Course

You may register for these classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide “How to Register for Classes Online” or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.

If you have questions about this course, please contact instructor Mernathan Sykes at