Blackboard News You Can Use – December 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

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 a few assessment tools that you can use in your courses and how you can submit final grades through a special tool in Blackboard to INFOnline. We also provide information about a great resource that you can use to prepare materials for your face to face courses, Printing Services.

Collecting Assignments through Blackboard

The preferred method of collecting assignments from students is to create an assignment submission link in your course. Files that students submit using the assignment submission link are organized in a central location within your course’s Grade Center, making it easy for you and your students to keep track of work that has been turned in! Once a student submits an assignment, you can view and annotate the student’s file through an inline grading tool. Grades and feedback then become available to students through Blackboard’s My Grades tool.

Creating Graded Collaborative Activities

A variety of communication and collaboration tools in Blackboard can be configured as gradable activities. When you create a discussion forum, wiki, blog, or journal, you can assign a point value, rubric, and participation requirements. Once a student contributes a certain number of posts to the activity, you may grade their participation through tools in the course’s Grade Center.

Submitting Final Grades through Blackboard

Faculty may now submit final grades using a tool located within their course shells in Blackboard. You may use this tool even if you have never used Blackboard. Submitting final grades is as simple as completing a form and clicking a button. To learn more see our tutorial, video demonstration, and FAQ.

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/7days a week. Print Services is located at the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M141 and will provide print services for the Mequon, Oak Creek, West Allis and Downtown Campuses. Contact Print Services at 414-297-6878.

Do you have questions about these tools or how to implement them to support your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance.


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Blackboard News You Can Use – November 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

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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Blackboard News You Can Use – October 2017

Blackboard News You Can Use - For Part-Time Faculty

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 first letter, you will find links to tips, support resources, and training opportunities! To receive MATC email messages at your personal email account, see these instructions.

Did You Know That All Course Sections Require a Syllabus Posted in Blackboard?

It’s true! All faculty are required to post a syllabus to each course they teach in Blackboard. To learn more, review our First-time Login Instructions and our First-Time Guide to Adding a Syllabus.

How Faculty Can Help Students Be Successful in their Courses

If you are new to using Blackboard, there are several great tools that you can use to communicate with students, share resources, and post grade feedback to inform students throughout the semester. Check out our guide to learn more.

Did You Know that Faculty Can Now Submit Final Grades through Blackboard?

By popular request, Blackboard now has a tool for posting final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline. All faculty are invited to use the tool. To learn more, attend an info session this fall!

Where Can You Get Training or Support?

For in-depth training, complete Professional Development’s free Blackboard training courses. They are offered every semester and do count towards FQAS! For how-to questions and guidance, MATC’s faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact. See their schedule for one-on-one consultation availability. Lastly, check out the Blackboard Faculty Support Website for illustrated self-paced tutorials and support forms.


Published by MATC’s Teaching and Learning Technology Department
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