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.

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.





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.

various computer labs

Introducing G Suite for Education

A new name for Google Apps: G Suite

Presented by Jonathan Rochelle

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


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


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 -

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

-There are a total of 135 merit badges available — many align with MATC programs

-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.

ER&D’s 25th Anniversary

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Educational Research and Dissemination (ER&D) celebrates its 25th anniversary at MATC this year. The current ER&D team of Toshiba Adams, Michelle Felix, Patricia McFarland, and Kameal Love are proud to continue a tradition of success with faculty helping faculty through courses, workshops, shared resources, committee participation and consultations.

The ER&D model is based on current and credible research in teaching and learning. Patricia McFarland is one of the founding members of ER&D and has been actively involved in a variety of positions. She explains that in 1990, Local 212 was not involved in any professional development. Local President Ernie Schnook heard about the national American Federation of Teachers’ faculty development program and asked Local 212’s Executive Board if anyone was interested in research on teaching.

From those who were interested, including McFarland, MATC developed its local ER&D program. Emma Palmer, a now-retired faculty member, led the efforts to develop two of the national ER&D’s courses for implementation at MATC: Foundations I and II.


By about 1995, ER&D was adding new courses based on needs and current research on teaching and learning. When MATC created the Faculty Innovation Center on the Downtown Milwaukee Campus in Room M201, and ER&D moved there from its small space in Foundation Hall, the college established a central location for ER&D and its services to the faculty.

Come on out and celebrate 25 years of ER&D!

Date & Time Location HOst
Weds. April 20th, 1:30 PM Milwaukee Campus, 6th Street Cafe ER&D

MATC Acronyms

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Acronym What it stands for Definition Web Link
AACC American Association of Community Colleges The primary advocacy organization for community colleges at the national level and works closely with directors of state offices to inform and affect state policy.
AAP Affirmative Action Plan A management tool designed to ensure equal employment opportunity.
ACCE Accountability, Collaboration, Customer Focus, Excellence Acronym to help employee remember 4 of the 8 MATC Values
ADA Americans with Disabilities Act Prohibits employers from discriminating against qualified individuals with disabilities in job application procedures, hiring, firing, advancement, compensation, job training, and other terms, conditions, and privileges of employment
AD Associate Dean Manages the daily planning, design, direction, conduct, evaluation and organization of assigned programs and instructional support activities in one of the 6 MATC schools.
AMM All Management Meeting Quarterly meetings during which management training is provided and related topics are discussed for employees in the Coordinator through President titles.
AQIP Academic Quality Improvement Program Milwaukee Area Technical College is accredited through the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) using the Academic Quality Improvement Program (AQIP).
AVP Associate or Assistant Vice President
CDM Collaborative Decision Making A collaborative approach to continuous quality improvement and problem resolution that incorporates the views of faculty and staff in the decision-making process.
CERT Certification The process by which the Wisconsin Technical College System Office evaluates the occupational, academic, and teaching experience of district employees to determine his/her preparedness to work in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). Effective January 2016, Certification is changing names and will be called the Faculty Quality Assurance System (FQAS).
CLA Curriculum, Learning and Assessment Instructional managers and faculty play important roles in the process of curriculum development and modification. In addition, to activities at the departmental level, participation in the process includes interaction with the program’s advisory committee, membership on the divisional curriculum team, and/or membership on the district-wide Curriculum, Learning, and Assessment Core Committee (CLA).
COS Course Outcome Summary The Course Outcome Summary (COS) is the official document specifying the title, course credits, hours, description, units of instruction, expected student competencies, and performance standards for your course.
COSMO Datatel Ellucian System
CPLE Credit for Prior Learning Experience
CPR Compelling Personal Reason Absences from work that do not involve illness of the employee including personal emergencies, transportation emergencies, court proceedings, bereavement-related absences and similar circumstances.
EAP Employee Assistance Program A free and confidential service provided by MATC for all employees and their household members offering a variety of counseling, referral and consultation services to assist in resolving work and life issues.
EDP Employee Development Plan
ELSS Employee Legal & Safety Services A Division of MATC consisting of the Human Resources, Labor Relations, Certification, Public Relations, and Public Safety departments reporting to the VP of HR & General Counsel.
ER&D Education Research & Dissemination A local faculty-directed professional development program committed to assisting teachers and professional staff to maximize their effectiveness as teachers in order to improve student learning. MATC Teaching & Learning Community –
FIC Faculty Innovation Center Faculty can use this area to gain access to computers, new technology, and assistance with Blackboard.
FCRC Faculty Credentials Review Committee
FERPA Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act Protects the privacy of student education records.
FMLA Family Medical Leave Act A law that provides certain employees with a leave from work to care for his/her own or a family member’s serious medical needs, to care for a new child, and to handle certain activities that have fallen on the employee due to a family member’s call to certain types of military service.
FRC Faculty Resource Center Faculty can use this area to gain access to computers, technology, and assistance with Blackboard.
FQAS Faculty Quality Assurance System The process by which MATC ensures the instructors at the institution are prepared to work at the college which includes guidelines regarding recruitment, selection & hiring, onboarding, mentoring, professional development, and performance evaluation.
FTE Full-time equivalent Is a unit that indicates the workload of an employed person. It is often used to measure a worker’s involvement in a project.
HIPAA Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act Protects the privacy of individually identifiable health information and sets national standards for the security of electronic protected health information.
HLC Higher Learning Commission An independent corporation that is one of six regional institutional accreditors in the United States and through which MATC is accredited.
HR Human Resources To express your interest in joining our team, please review open positions and complete the online application for any position that interests you. Applications and resumes are only accepted when there is an open position. If you are interested in a position that is not currently posted, we encourage you to complete a Job Interest Card to receive notifications when the position becomes available.
IE International Education
IR Incident Report
IR Institutional Research The mission of the Office of Institutional Research is to provide objective, accurate and timely management information to improve planning and decision-making.
JD Job Description
LTD Long-term Disability
LTE Limited Term Employee
MATC Milwaukee Area Technical College Founded in 1912, MATC has grown to become one of the Midwest’s largest community-based technical colleges, and is also the most diverse college in the state with 56% of students identifying themselves as a minority. We offer more than 170 degree, diploma, certificate and apprentice programs within six academic schools.
OACP Occupational Academic Currency Program This is a work experience opportunity for Summer 2015 for Faculty and Counselors. OACP is a six-week program. The occupational experience should provide the opportunity to update and increase the skills and knowledge necessary for your position.
OBF Outcomes Based Funding
PDC President’s Diversity Council
PIP Performance Improvement Plan
SIID Student Success, Integrity, Innovation, Diversity Acronym to help employee remember 4 of the 8 MATC Values
SME Subject Matter Expert A Subject Matter Expert is an individual who understands a business process or area well enough to answer questions from people in other groups who are trying to help.
SOA Student Outcomes Assessment Student Outcome studies include descriptive analyses and cohort tracking analyses of students outcome such as course completion rate, retention, graduation, course GPA, academic standing. They also include assessment of the impact of support services and academic programs that intend to improve the above student outcomes and student experiences.
TSA Technical Skills Attainment The Technical Skills Attainment (TSA) project is a major system-wide initiative required by the federal government under Carl Perkins IV legislation. The System Office’s role is to implement and manage this requirement for over 349 programs impacted. The project started in FY2008.
TAPS Teaching Action Plans
VP Vice President
WCTC Waukesha County Technical College A Wisconsin Technical College this is in Waukesha County.
WIDS Worldwide Instructional Design System Software used to assist faculty in developing the course outcome summary (COS). This software combines the development of both programs and courses with the ability to plan outcomes assessment (Technical Skill Attainment (TSA) and Course Outcome Summary (COS) all under a single application.
WTCS Wisconsin Technical College System Oversees the state’s 16 public technical colleges, one of which is MATC.