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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5 Reasons to Submit Final Grades through Blackboard

Successfully piloted in Summer 2017, the tool to submit midterm or final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline is available in your fall courses. All faculty are invited to use this tool for the following reasons.

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Reason 1 – You asked for it, and we listened.

This feature has been long requested by faculty and it is finally here. College leadership is excited to provide you with additional tools to support your successful completion of the final grade submission process.

Reason 2 – Even if you don’t use Blackboard, you can use this tool.

Every course taught at MATC has a course shell in Blackboard that contains a final grade tool called ILP Integration. If you do not use Blackboard to provide continuous grade feedback to students, you can still use this tool to submit final grades to INFOnline through the tool’s simple form.

Reason 3 – Efficiency!

If you already use Blackboard’s Grade Center throughout the semester, you can configure a Total or Weighted Total column to calculate a final letter grade to use as a reference when submitting final grades through Blackboard. You will confirm and send these grades to INFOnline through completing the tool’s simple form.

Reason 4 – Final grades are due December 29th  by 5:00 PM CST

With such ready access to a final grade submission tool in Blackboard in addition to INFOnline, there are few reasons to miss the December 29th deadline for final grades.

Reason 5 – Support resources are available.

We have a variety of resources available to help you learn how to use this simple and efficient tool. Review our tutorial, FAQ, and training videos. Contact the TLT Department  if you have questions.

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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