Blackboard Grader App for iOS

Have you seen the new Bb Grader App? It allows instructors to use their iPads to review, provide feedback and grade student submissions to Blackboard assignments!

Instructors can provide feedback to students in the form of grades, text, audio, video and rubrics. The App also supports group assignment grading.

Visit the App Store for the free download.

For additional information:

Questions or training on the app?
Contact CETL at (608) 246-6646 or the Blackboard Mentors.

Center for International Education hosts International Education week

Join the Center for International Education, in collaboration with World Students Association, United Common Ground, and the World Languages Department in celebrating International Education Week from November 17-21. 

The week will consist of baked goods from the Bakery, international coffee tastings, study abroad information tables, cross-cultural film showings and a world map display in the cafeteria. 

For more information, please see International Educational week flyer.

Tech Tools Express workshops

Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Room D3614 – Google Searching Made Easy- Find what you’re looking for in less time and with more reliability.

Learn the basics of searching with Google, including shortcuts and tricks to uncover what you’re really looking for. Both Google’s Basic and Advanced Search will be covered, as well as specialized Google search engines like Google Scholar. 

Bring your laptop, if you have one. A few laptops will be available for those who don’t have one. Light snacks will be provided.

Presenter is Mark T. Luetkeholter, Madison College librarian. 

Wednesday, Nov. 19 from 12 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.  – Blackboard: SafeAssign in Room B2216A CETL Training Room

Blackboard’s SafeAssign is used to prevent plagiarism and to create opportunities to help students identify how to properly attribute sources. SafeAssign compares submitted assignments against a set of academic papers to identify areas of overlap between the submitted assignment and existing works.

Learn how to set up a SafeAssignment and how to read the plagiarism report.

Mark your calendars for the final session of the semester:

  • Tuesday, Dec.  2 – Blackboard: Course Reports

Contact Tina Rettler-Pagel or Nancy Woodward in CETL or call 608-246-6646.

WorkSmart seeks motivated students

The WorkSmart Network at Madison College is looking for motivated students who could benefit from academic and employment support.

The WorkSmart Network is a team supported by the Workforce Development Board that specializes in delivering innovative workforce services and solutions to prepare workers for the needs of business and industry.

The training navigators/career and employment advisers assist students who meet Workforce Investment Act eligibility requirements by providing:

  • Career exploration and planning
  • Guidance on college resources and services
  • Job search strategies
  • Resume and cover letter feedback
  • Extended follow-up during employment
  • Possible financial assistance with training and supportive services

Eligible students include:

  • Dislocated workers who have been laid off at no fault of their own
  • Income-eligible adults or adults receiving public assistance 
  • Income-eligible youth ages 18-21 who face one or more challenges to successful workforce entry.

To determine whether the WorkSmart Network is a good fit for students, please contact a training navigator or visit Madison College WorkSmart website and submit the Information Request Form.


  • Alaina Trgovich — Dane County and based in the Career and Employment Center at the Truax campus | (608) 616 - 3454
  • Souleevanh Thao — Columbia, Sauk, and Marquette counties and based at Portage and Reedsburg campuses | (608) 745 - 3118
  • Allison Batterman — Dodge and Jefferson counties and based at Fort Atkinson and Watertown campuses  | (920) 206 - 8045 

Start your holiday shopping at Madison College salons

The Madison salons will host a Holiday Sale with 10 percent off all products until Dec. 12.

Insurance and Finance Industry Day on Nov. 19

The School of Business and Applied Arts will host an Insurance and Finance Industry Day for students on Wednesday, Nov. 19.  The event is coordinated by Martha Lester-Mittenzwei and will provide students with the opportunity to learn more about careers in insurance and finance. 

Representatives from many area employers will be present. These representatives will conduct 20-minute roundtable sessions on a variety of topics including interviewing tips and the essential traits of a leader. 

Students will be able to attend multiple roundtable sessions, network, and they may even win a door prize! 

Registration is from 8 to 8:15 a.m. on Nov. 19 in the Truax campus Student Lounge. The event will conclude at 12 p.m.

Math Club meeting on Nov. 14

The Math Club will hold a meeting on Friday, Nov. 14, at 3:30 p.m. in Room A2021 with guest presenter Steven Post from Edgewood College.

Instructor Steven Post will present “Puzzles, Patterns and Pure Fun: The Joys of Mathematics.” 

In this talk, Steven will give equations, application problems and all things algebra a rest and instead look at some of the problems and puzzles that help develop mathematical thinking. Besides that they are just pure fun.

Steven received his Ph.D. from Princeton University. He did his undergraduate work at the University of Chicago and has been teaching at Edgewood College since 1988.


Recreation Management program participates in WPRA

The annual WPRA (Wisconsin Parks and Recreation Association) conference took place last week. 

Eleven Recreation Management students attended the three-day conference where they volunteered, attended educational sessions and networked.   

Recreation Management Program Director Tracie Bowers was awarded the Recreation Professional of the Year.  

Program alumni Jessica Cady-Bartholomew and Kathryn Jenkins also took home awards.





College Pool Team competes at Ann Arbor

The Madison College Pool Team competed at Ann Arbor in a team pool tournament from Nov. 7 to Nov. 9.

Touy Bouapha and Jason Matzke took home the fourth place medal in the two-person scotch-doubles nine-ball event.

This was the Pool Team's first time competing in a collegiate team tournament and would like to thank Madison College and Student Life for making this happen.  Fourteen schools mainly from the Midwest, competed.

Good times, great experience and new friends were had by all that went.

WolfPack Volleyball listed as top-seed in the NJCAA Division III National Championship

Madison College WolfPack Women’s Volleyball is now the top-seeded team in the NJCAA Division III National Championship for the second year in a row. The WolfPack finished also in the eight-seeded spot in the Fashion Institute of Technology in N.Y for the opening. 

This year the championship will begin in Friday, Nov. 14.