Tech Academy frequently asked questions answered

The excitement for Cloud 9 - Tech Academy is building! CETL's mailboxes have been flooded with questions about this event.

We have updated our Tech Academy Frequently Asked Questions page to answer these and other questions:

How do I register for Tech Academy this year?
Where in Blackboard is Tech Academy?
Why did you move Tech Academy online?
Is there a way to attend Tech Academy in person?

Still have questions? Please direct them to Alan Natachu (x6050) or Brant Kraemer (x6956).

Blackboard changes for students and instructors

By request of faculty, we are pleased to announce exciting changes for students. Students will now be entered into their Blackboard classes in 5 minutes or less after enrolling. In addition, all waitlisted students will automatically have temporary guest access to a course until they are moved off the waitlist and enrolled in the class or their enrollment drops off the waitlist.

Previous to May 1, 2013, the enrollment, instructor assignment and course files ran daily by 7 a.m. With this system, changes took place every 24 hours. With the new processes introduced on May 1, these files now run every 5 minutes which gives instructors near real time access to their courses and enrollments. 

The new waitlist processing will allow students to become guests in a course when they are placed on the waitlist. No action needs to be taken by the instructor as this will happen automatically. When the instructor allows waitlisted students to enroll in a course, they will become a student immediately. If, after the seventh day of the course, a student does not move from the waitlist to enrolled, the student will be automatically removed from the course. Because this process is now automated, instructors will not be able to add students as guests.

For those instructors who would like to add non-enrolled guests to their class, please have the guest fill out a User ID Agreement form. Upon completing the User ID agreement form, forward it to Technology Services. Technology Services will then add the user to the Blackboard system and to the course(s) you request them to have access. The form is located within the Forms/Document database here.

The near real-time processing will start at 7:05 a.m. daily and end the following day at 3:55 a.m. No near real-time updates to courses, enrollments and instructor assignments will occur during the daily maintenance window of 4 a.m. to 7 a.m. 

West Campus Bookstore closing

The College's West Campus Bookstore will be open until May 24, 2013. If you need to take care of business there, do so before it's too late.

New approach to wait list management

The College recognizes that wait list management is a key component of enrollment management.

The Enrollment Center, along with input from the program directors, has developed a new systematic and efficient method to manage program wait lists, in addition to monitoring enrollment in classes while supporting the program directors. 

The new program waitlist process includes over-admitting specific programs by up to 10% based on historical data and no-show rates at orientation.  To date, all programs with wait lists for the fall of 2013 are admitted to capacity. Over the summer, we will continue to update program directors regarding the status the of wait list programs via e-mail.

The Enrollment Center works to ensure each program is not only filled with eligible students, but also that the students have enrolled in the appropriate core courses for their program.  If the student has not enrolled in the appropriate core course(s) to remain in the program, the Enrollment Center will reach out to inform the student of the potential removal from the program based on non-core program activity.

By ensuring programs are filled to capacity and the students in the program intend to stay in the program, we can more efficiently move students off of waitlists and into the programs they desire.

Questions? Contact Pam Chrostowski-Wright at (608) 246-6223.

Register now for summer group fitness classes

The summer is heating up with group fitness classes offered through the Madison College Fitness, Health & Recreation Department.

Try yoga on Tuesday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. starting May 21. Or try Zumba on Monday at 4:45 p.m. starting June 3.

Visit the group fitness website here to register or for more information.

CETL offers online and in-person technology training

Yes, you may have heard the Tech Academy is online this year.

What does that mean? That means we will using Cloud technologies to bring you our workshops and sessions to your computer screen. 

But what about face-to-face sessions? Yes, five of our sessions will be face-to-face. 

The sessions with a face-to-face componet:

WIDS 2 Web Overview
WIDS will be moving to the Cloud. Are you ready? This is a hands-on workshop.

Strategies for Managing the Online Workload
One of the leading concerns of online instructors is that teaching online requires more time than the traditional face-to-face classroom setting. This session, Strategies for Managing the Online Workload, will be a panel facilitated discussion about tips, techniques, and methods used by experienced Madison College online educators to manage their time more effectively in the online learning experience. Please join us in-person or via Media Site remotely.

Cool Accessibility Tools
Discover the amazing world of cool technology being used at the College and elsewhere, such as note taking software, 3-D printing, GPS footwear and more!

Check the session descriptions for locations and times of these face-to-face classes!

Of course, you can always stop in room 220C to see the other sessions being streamed live through Blackboard Collaborate. It will be like if you are seeing a TV show being produced!

For more information on Tech Academy, you can visit the Tech Academy website here

See you in person or on the Cloud!

Tech Academy To Use Blackboard Collaborate To Stream Online Event.


New cafeteria hours starting May 20

Beginning Monday, May 20th:

 The Truax cafeteria is the only food venue open.  Summer hours are 7:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

- Daily lunch specials.

- LIMITED catering available. 

 If catering is needed, please contact Tammy Manthe (608) 243-4050 for availability.

Sign up for WIDS 2 WEB Overview training

WIDS like You Have Never seen it before!

Tech Academy Face to Face WIDS 2 WEB training on May 21.

Register now! For more information, please look here. (Doc, 25KB)

Digital marketing intern needed

The Madison College Marketing and Creative Services Department is looking for a digital marketing intern. The right student will gain hands-on exposure to the world of social media marketing and web content management in a real-world office environment. If you know a passionate, reliable student looking to gain experience in digital marketing, please encourage them to apply for the position. 

Click here for the full position description (PDF, 72 KB).