Blackboard News You Can Use – June 2018

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June 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 information about some updates and a new tool.

Updated Syllabus Templates

All course sections in Blackboard must provide a digital syllabus document to students. Templates for face-to-face and online course syllabi are available for you to download and customize with your information. To add a syllabus to your course section in Blackboard, see these instructions.

Changes to Teaching Style Customization

With the May 2018 update to Blackboard 9.1 release 3400, Course Themes and menu button styles have been discontinued and are no longer supported. By default, all courses will appear with course menus composed of white links on a black background and subheaders will appear in a bold white text. However, faculty may stylize their course by adding a course banner to the course’s entry point and by changing the background and link colors in the course menu. See these instructions to learn more.

Attendance Tool

Blackboard has released a new course tool that you can use to record student attendance for each class session and incorporate attendance into Grade Center calculations. A complete record of attendance can be downloaded from a course for the instructor’s records. To learn more, see this video and tutorial.

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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Blackboard News You Can Use – April 2018

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April 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 would like to share with you our schedules for upcoming training opportunities and a few updates.

Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

The faculty support liaisons are your first point of contact for Blackboard how-to questions, assistance, and helpful workshops. All faculty are invited to attend a one-hour Blackboard workshop to earn 1 CEU hour that counts towards FQAS! Contact workshop leaders directly if you have questions.

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Summer 2018 and Fall 2018 Courses are Coming

If you have a teaching appointment for summer or fall 2018, you will begin to see your assigned course sections appear in Blackboard starting this week. Course assignments are automatically pushed to Blackboard within 24 hours once they are assigned in INFOnline. If you have questions about your course assignments, please follow up with your associate dean.

Remember – your upcoming summer courses will begin with the ID prefix SU2019 and fall will begin with FA2019. This is how the automated process with INFOnline generates the courses, which cannot be changed.

Summer Blackboard Training Course Schedule

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard in their teaching are encouraged to enroll in a 1 credit free professional development course this summer at the Milwaukee Campus. Each course has additional online requirements. You will be able to search and register for these courses in INFOnline soon.

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Changes to the Blackboard Course List Effective Spring 2018

The Course List in Blackboard lists all semester courses, master courses, and test courses to which you have access. To improve access to older course records, semester courses will now remain in Blackboard for a duration of seven (7) years past course end date.  To manage the information in your growing Course List, you may hide, show, and reorder courses using these instructions. These changes do not impact course enrollments or availability.

Workaround to Safari 11 File Upload Error

When using the Safari 11 web browser on a Mac to upload files in Blackboard, faculty and students may experience a “failed to submit” error message. This is a known issue caused by a recent Safari update. If you experience this error in Safari, please use an alternative web browser, such as Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome, to upload files successfully.

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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Blackboard News You Can Use – March 2018

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March 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 review resources to help you adopt Career Essentials Assessment in Blackboard.

What is Career Essentials Assessment?

The Higher Learning Commission requires that faculty assess student attainment of the college’s Career Essential core abilities. Every program student at MATC needs this soft skills evaluation through a process facilitated through Blackboard. Each program course that faculty teach must include a minimum of one (1) Career Essential related to skill proficiency within the course.

To learn more about the role of Career Essentials in curriculum and its associated rubrics, see the MATC Portal’s WIDS Career Essentials page. For questions about Career Essentials, contact the Curriculum Department at curriculum@matc.edu

How Do I Get Started?

Faculty assess student attainment of a Career Essential competency within a course in Blackboard through a three (3) step process. To learn how to perform this process, review the videos and linked tutorials below, or complete the Career Essentials training in SumTotal to earn 5 hours of FQAS credit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

When Do I Perform this Process?

Faculty perform Step One: Alignment when developing a courses materials, such as at the start of a course. Towards, the end of the course, faculty perform Step Two: Assessment. This ensures that only the student’s most mature work is assessed to determine the mastery of the Career Essential.

How Often Do I Perform this Process?

Faculty perform one (1) course-level Career Essentials assessment in each course that they teach.

What Do I Do If I Have Existing Final Assessments in My Course?

In courses where you already assess student mastery of competencies based on content knowledge, you may create a parallel assignment to assess a student’s behavioral demonstration of Career Essential competencies. See this guide for more information.

How Do Students See Their Results?

After you have assigned grades on an assignment aligned to a Career Essentials goal, students may view their results through the course’s Goal Performance tool. Students may also monitor their results across courses through the Goal Performance Dashboard that is available in Blackboard’s global navigation.

Where Can I Learn More about Using Blackboard?

See the Blackboard Faculty Support Guide.


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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Blackboard News You Can Use – February 2018

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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 resources to support your use of Blackboard.

Spring Blackboard Training Courses Begin Soon

Faculty who are looking for training in the use of Blackboard to support  teaching and learning are encouraged to enroll in our 1 credit, free professional development courses this spring. All courses will be offered at the Milwaukee campus. Attendance is required for all class meeting dates to earn credit. See our schedule here and register through INFOnline.

Faculty Instructional Support Hours

Do you have questions about using Blackboard in your teaching practice? Connect with a Faculty Support Liaison for one-on-one assistance. Faculty Liaisons can also answer general questions regarding WIDS and COS’s. See their schedule for their availability in your local campus Faculty Resource Center.

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Upcoming Blackboard Workshops

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. Watch your MATC email for workshop announcements and send an RSVP to tltdept@mtc.edu to attend.

Workshop Description Time/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. Thurs. February 15th, 1-2 PM Oak Creek Campus,
Room A-214
Doni Bartley
bartledw@matc.edu
Blackboard Tips and Tricks We will be reviewing several tips and trips to support your teaching practice in Blackboard. Weds. February 28th, 12-1 PM West Allis Campus,
Room 350
Erin Dischler
dischlee@matc.edu


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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Blackboard News You Can Use – January 2018

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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 resources to help you get started in your Spring 2018 courses and announce a new type of assignment tool.

Preparing for Spring Semester

Per college leadership, all faculty are required to post a syllabus to each of their courses in Blackboard and to make their courses are available to students. Faculty teaching face-to-face courses are strongly encouraged to support student success by using Blackboard’s communication, content sharing, and grade feedback tools.

To prepare courses in Blackboard, review the tasks and tutorials in our Beginning of the Semester Checklist. If you have questions about using Blackboard, contact your campus Faculty Support Liaison for personal consultation.

Standards for Online Delivery

Instructors who teach online classes at MATC are expected to adhere to the following best practices guidelines for delivering effective instruction that supports student success.

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.

New Tool Available – Qwickly Jot Assignments

A new tool for creating visual assignments called Qwickly Jot is now available in Blackboard. Through this tool, you can create a digital assignment that requires learners to annotate an image that you provide, such as a diagram, chart,  or map. Once the student submits the annotated image, the instructor can grade it and assign feedback comments through Blackboard’s Grade Center tools.

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 – December 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 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

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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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Blackboard News You Can Use – October 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 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.


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