Reminder – Blackboard Migration & Upgrade Happening May 25th through May 29th

Blackboard Migration Coming Soon!

In order to maintain a high level of continuous service, MATC-Distance Learning in conjunction with the Information Technology Department, have decided to migrate the entire Blackboard learning management system to a hosted solution with Blackboard.

The migration will take place beginning May 25th and continue through May 29th.  This means that no one will have access to Blackboard during this time.  All students and faculty will need to logoff Blackboard by 11:59 pm on May 24th.  We anticipate the LMS being available on Monday May 30th, however we will be conducting testing during the week of May 30th.

When Blackboard comes back on-line, we will be at a newer version however there is minimal front-end change impacting students and faculty.  The Distance Learning team is working on reviewing any changes that will effect faculty and/or students and will communicate those changes to the groups prior to the migration.

For additional information about the upgrade, please see our Upgrade FAQs Spreadsheet.

Thank you for your patience as we continuously strive to provide quality educational technology products.

– ​Distance Learning and Information Technology​

End of Semester Tasks – Online Teaching Best Practices

End of Semester Tasks

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.

PLEASE NOTE! It is the instructor’s responsibility to perform the Archive process and download steps in each course they have taught so that content and grade information can be accessed at a later date!

Register for the Google Apps for Online Teaching Class this Summer!

In this free 1-credit course for faculty and staff, you will learn techniques and strategies to develop a collaborative online environment for sharing course materials and for communicating online through interactivity and encouraging student engagement. Google Apps includes Gmail (webmail services), Google Calendar (shared calendaring), Google Docs (online document, spreadsheet, presentation, and interactive sharing), Google Video (secure and private video sharing),Google Sites (online website creation with videos, images, gadgets and documents integration) and Google Hangouts (for student group-work and faculty interaction).

COMPSW-184-400 Google Apps for Online Teaching    
Fri. June 10th & 17th, 9 AM–3 PM, and online, Room M458                                   Instructor: Mernathan Sykes


You may register for this classes online at INFOnline.  Please see our quick-guide How to Register for classes Online or watch our tutorial video learn how this is done.