News

May 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 a few reminders about end of the semester tasks and a few updates.

Final Grades are Due by Friday, May 25th 5:00 PM CST
Per the Registrar’s Office, please submit final course grades by May 25th 5:00 PM CST. After this time, the Registrar’s Office will make final grading submission temporarily unavailable.
During the timeframe that grading is available, faculty may choose to submit final grades from Blackboard to INFOnline using the ILP Integration tool located within their courses. All faculty may use this convenient tool if desired. To learn more about using this tool, view our video tutorials. Additional information about this tool is available in the FAQ.

Routine Blackboard Update to Occur Friday, May 25th After 6 PM CST

After the final grading period closes, Blackboard will undergo routine maintenance to update security features, correct known issues, and add requested enhancements to improve teaching and learning online. The update process will take approximately 24 hours to complete with no expected downtime.
We will be using the same major version of Blackboard as we do currently, updating from Blackboard 9.1 version 3300 to Blackboard 9.1 version 3400. No major changes to Blackboard’s navigation or tools will occur.


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.

For a video demonstration of each step in the process, see this playlist.

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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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Spring 2018 End of 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 May 21.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

ER&D New Course Offering *REQUIRED*

REQUIRED OF ALL FACULTY

checklist of instructor responsibilitiesZERD 104: Institutional Data & Evaluation Workshop
Format: Online
Available on May 6, 2018

Facilitator: Dr. Meredith Reeves

WTCS has determined that ALL part-time and full-time faculty successfully complete an online workshop ZERD-104.  You will register for the workshop on INFOnline and the workshop completion date is December 9, 2018.

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ZERD – 104:  Institutional Data and Evaluation Workshop provides a unique opportunity designed to provide a captivating look into important MATC data as well as satisfy the requirements for the new Data and Evidence Analysis competency for the WTCS Instructor Credentialing.

Please register in INFOnline!

Click here to view the tutorial on how to register for a course in INFOnline.

ER&D’s Summer Schedule 2018-2019

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ZERD 011: Preparation for Online Teaching
Dates: 6/10 – 7/29/2018
Facilitator: Toshiba Adams
Format: Online

Prerequisite: COMPSW-197 Introduction to Blackboard

ZERD-011 is required for any faculty interested in teaching online classes.

This course is open for faculty needing Recertification credits or FQAS hours.This course will provide participants with an introduction to designing and delivering an online course. The course will provide a theoretical framework for course design and delivery; demonstrate the importance of engaging students’ interactive experience; emphasize the importance of building an online learning community; promote strategies for integrating educational technologies into online teaching; review best practices related to course design; and model approaches for incorporating a variety of online assessments. After completing this course, participants will be able to understand the pedagogical concepts, trends and mechanics of online course design and delivery; recognize the types of learning tools and resources available in an online environment; conduct a self and peer assessment of an online course design; and apply the principles learned in this course to begin designing or enhancing an online course. Blackboard will be utilized as the content management system. Online hours are incorporated for completion of assignments and the final project.

(2 crs/80 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 104: Institutional Data & Evaluation
Available on May 6, 2018
Facilitator: Meredith Reeves
Format: Online Workshop

REQUIRED OF ALL FACULTY

WTCS has determined that ALL part-time and full-time faculty successfully complete an online workshop ZERD-104.  You will register for the workshop in INFOnline.

Institutional Data and Evaluation Workshop provides a unique opportunity designed to provide a captivating look into important MATC data as well as satisfy the requirements for the new Data and Evidence Analysis competency for the WTCS Instructor Credentialing.

Please complete this workshop no later than December 9, 2018.


ZERD 200: Online Teaching Methods
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Stephanie McKinney
Format: Online

This course will explore teaching methods and best practices for online course delivery. Students will build on the theoretical framework from ZERD 011 and will continue to refine their online course.  Strategies to deal with challenging student situations in the online environment will be explored.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 202: Teaching & Learning w/ Technology
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Mernathan Sykes
Format: Online

This course will explore a variety of technology tools to enhance teaching and learning. This course explores the use of various academic technologies for the online, blended, hybrid and face-to-face learning environments. Technology tools for instruction will be applied to developing course curriculum.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 203: Teaching Direct from High School
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Kameal Love
Format: Online

This course will focus on new teaching methodologies to address the characteristics of the direct-from-high-school students, including generational differences in learning styles, socioeconomic and ethnic differences and the impacts of achievement gaps for the MATC student. Creating a culture of success, teachers will develop learning activities including the use of social media, varied technology, and improving the study skills for students.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 204: Teaching Career Essentials
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Lori Kornblum
Format: Online

This course teaches instructors how to integrate Career Essentials into their classrooms to prepare students for the workplace.  Instructors will develop authentic assessments to meet at least one Career Essential.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


ZERD 205: Engagement & Technology
5/27- 6/17/2018
Facilitator: Amarilis Martinez
Format: Online

This course is designed to help faculty learn and apply effective student engagement strategies.  In this course, faculty will learn about active learning, leading dynamic discussions, and be introduced to teaching techniques that use technology in the classroom, in an online course, and in a flipped classroom.  Instructors will revise their current curriculum to incorporate new engagements strategies.

(1 cr/40 FQAS hrs)


 For more information, please contact:

Dr. Meredith Reeves ER&D Curriculum Coordinator reevesmk@matc.edu

Click here to access INFOnline

Click here to view the tutorial on how to register for a course in INFOnline.

Click here to view Summer Course Schedule in PDF format.

Spring 2018 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 March 19.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

SU2018 End of Semester Course Evaluation

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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 July 31.

Thanks,
Milwaukee Area Technical College

 

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.

FORMAT

DATES

TIME

LOCATION

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.

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Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle
DIRECTOR OF PRODUCT MANAGEMENT, GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION

G Suite for Education is the same set of apps that you know and love—Gmail, Docs, Drive, Calendar, Hangouts, and more— but designed with new intelligent features that make work easier and bring teachers and students together.

Smarter spreadsheets

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We launched Explore in Google Sheets to help summarize spreadsheet data with automated charts and insights. But many students might not experience the full value of spreadsheets because they can’t write formulas. This is a case of the computer requiring you to speak its language. Machine intelligence turns this upside down, so now the computer understands your language. Students can simply enter a question using natural language and Explore in Google Sheets will use Natural Language Processing to translate the question into a formula and offer an instant answer.

Smarter documents

We’ve also added Explore in Google Docs with machine intelligence to automatically recommend related topics to learn about, images to insert, and more content to discover. Students can even use Explore in Google Docs to find a related document from Drive, so they spend less time switching between apps and more time polishing their assignments.  And educators will be happy to hear that image searches performed using Explore limit results to those that comply with SafeSearch and are approved for use with Creative Commons.

Smarter presentations

For students, making a presentation inspiring can be a lot of work. Often, students spend more time formatting slides than thinking creatively about the story they want to tell. Now, as students add content to a presentation, Explore in Google Slides dynamically offers layout suggestions that help the content shine. In just a couple of clicks, students can create polished presentations that bring their ideas to life. The best thing about these intelligent features is that they’ll continue to learn and improve over time the more they’re used, and save students even more time tomorrow than they save them today.

Smarter scheduling

Finding time to meet with other teachers can be hard, especially when the list of people and locations you’re coordinating starts to grow. Google Calendar uses machine intelligence to help you easily find a time when invitees are free, and it also suggests available rooms based on your previous bookings. And, when the list of invitees grows long and no times are available, Calendar will suggest times across the group where the conflicts are easiest to resolve, such as recurring 1:1 meetings.

Learn more about the new name and features.

Upcoming November Workshop: Google Apps Online Orientation

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In this one-hour online training session, faculty and staff will be oriented to the online Google Apps workshop to review using Google Gmail and Google Calendar.

Seating is limited – - complete the Registration Form to reserve your seat by November 3rd! Select one (1) session:

  • November 10th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon
  • November 17th, 2016 11:00 am – 12:00 Noon

If you have questions about the workshop, contact:

Mernathan Sykes
sykesm@matc.edu
414-297-6890

 

Innovation Grant Application Opportunity

A message from Dr. Mohammad Dakwar:

You are invited to submit a proposal for an Innovation Grant through the Provost’s Office which will provide support to projects and activities that focus on innovation and student success.

Innovation grants are intended to encourage faculty and staff to be visionary, creative and innovative.  Our working definition of innovation is people creating value by implementing new ideas.  I encourage you to consider submitting your ideas to create value and transform lives through innovative education for the betterment of our students and community.

Application Deadline - October 28, 2016

Innovation Grant Application

MATC Merit Badge Clinic

Dear Faculty,
“Great opportunity!  Please see important message below and make every effort to participate in this unique program.” `Mohammad Dakwar, Ed.D. Provost


Please note the following changes:

Date has been changed to Saturday, November 12th - same date as Open House
All Merit Badge Clinics need to be offered at the Milwaukee Campus.

PLEASE SUBMIT INFORMATION by Tuesday, September 22nd

MATC is partnering with the The Boy Scouts of America, Three Harbors Council to provide a Merit Badge Clinic. All of the initial logistics are listed below. We are asking each school to identify 3 to 4 or more programs that align with the merit badges (see link below) that would highlight the programs in each school.. Not all of the requirements need to me met on the day of the clinic. Scouts may be required to have pre-requisites before the clinic or complete activities after the clinic. Please see the Gateway Tech link for more information below.

Please complete the form below for merit badges that your school can offer. Please feel free to contact me with any questions – Rich Busalacchi - busalacr@matc.edu

DATE CHANGE - Saturday, November 12 (this is the same day as out open house). Our thought is to maximize our resources and allow Scouts and Parents to participate in open house before the clinic.

-MATC’s program will be modeled after the Merit Badge Tech program at Gateway
https://www.gtc.edu/merit-badge-tech

-There are a total of 135 merit badges available — many align with MATC programs
http://www.scouting.org/meritbadges.aspx

-Scouts will be ages 12 – 18 (middle/high school)
-Each scout is charged an $8 fee for the program
-An MATC faculty and merit badge leader (assigned by Boy Scouts) will lead each session
-MATC will arrange for catering (granola bars/juice in the morning and boxed lunches)
-3-4 merit badge programs from each school program (CHANGE – as a result of aligning program with Open House – all clinics need to be held on the Milwaukee Campus).
-Idea is to showcase facilities and campus specific programs
-Parents are welcome to visit the merit badge sessions; transportation and lunch on their own.
-Registration will be open 10/19 – 11/12; once sessions are full, they are cut off (no wait list)

Tentative Agenda for the Day

  • 7:30am Registration
  • 8:00am Opening session in Cooley
  • 8:30am Scouts attend Open House – participate in scavenger hunt and visit programs that are being offered as merit badge clinics
  • 9:15am Scouts meet merit badge leaders and instructors at assigned meeting point and are led to merit badge clinic
  • Noon – Break for lunch
  • 3:00pm Merit badge sessions wrap up;
  • 3:15 pm Scouts meet in Cooley for Closing Session
  • 3:30 pm Closing ceremonies in Cooley – Event Concludes

MATC Merit Badge Clinic Form*

*Log into your MATC Google Account to access form

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.