CETL offers training sessions

CETL will be hosting new trainings in the next two weeks focusing on PDF and Office document accessibly and mobile photography. Registration for these trainings is done through the CETL Thrive website.

Questions? Contact Alan Natachu, technology training coordinator, at 608-246-6050.

Training Dates and Times:

Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Beginner
Online sessions:
Monday, December 11
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Advanced
Online sessions:
Tuesday, December 12
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Microsoft Office - Office Documents Accessibility Checklist
Online sessions:
Thursday, December 14
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.

Mobile Photography
Face-to-face sessions:
Monday, December 18
11 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-2 p.m.
Online Sessions:
Tuesday, December 19
12-1 p.m.
Wednesday, December 20
12-1 p.m.

About Adobe Acrobat: Creating Accessible PDFs - Beginner

In this session, learn to take a Word Document and use Adobe Acrobat Pro DC to make it accessible to screen readers.

Session Topics:

  • Optimizing a Word document for screen readers
  • Exporting a Word document to Adobe PDF
  • Setting up Adobe Acrobat Pro DC for accessibility checks
  • Run the accessibility checker to check for ADA issues
  • Correcting accessibility issues
  • Software utilized
  • Microsoft Word 2013 or greater (PC or Mac)
  • Adobe Acrobat DC (PC or Mac)

Published December 8, 2017.

WomenLEAD plans holiday sale

WomenLEAD (Leaders for Equity and Diversity) will be conducting a holiday sale on Tuesday, Dec. 12, and Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10:30-1:30 p.m. in the Atrium Café.

The sale is the perfect place to do last minute shopping and buy gifts at a discount. All sale items range between $1-10 and include toys, games, make-up, bath sets, technology items, books, crafting kits, jewelry, outdoor wear, drinkware.

All proceeds will go toward the National Conference for College Women Student Leaders in May 2018. 

Published December 8, 2017.

Commencement ceremony to be livestreamed

The December 2017 Commencement Ceremony will be held Thursday, Dec. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the H. Douglas Redsten Gymnasium at Madison College Truax Campus.

Anyone who is unable to attend the 2017 Winter Commencement Ceremony in person can watch a live video broadcast.

If the link is not working the day of the ceremony due to high traffic or other reasons, try this backup link for the video broadcast.

By choosing the link for the broadcast, you will be presented with either the video page or a page recommending you download software. Note that this will only be live on a computer. It will not be able to be viewed on any mobile device.

However, the 2017 Winter Commencement Ceremony will be trans-coded and will be available for on-demand viewing approximately two hours after the end of the ceremony on a computer at this same link. It will also be available for on-demand viewing at the same link on mobile devices within 24 hours after the end of the ceremony.

Published December 8, 2017.

Complete Workday finance tasks before winter shutdown

As we approach the end of the semester and winter shutdown, it is important that staff properly manage their Workday finance tasks. This includes verifying and allocating any purchasing card transactions, submitting expense reports and reconciling travel card purchases, approving any transactions in Workday, and submitting invoices for payment prior to leaving for winter break.

Please remember the process is not complete until your supervisor or manager approves your transactions, so please build in time to allow them the opportunity to perform their tasks. If all approvals are done no later than Wednesday, Dec. 20, the college will be able to ensure our outstanding obligations to both our suppliers and employees are met prior to the winter shutdown.

If you have any questions, please contact the appropriate following areas:

  • Purchasing and PCard Transaction questions – Purchasing, 608-258-2010
  • Expense Report questions – Financial Accounting, 608-258-2349
  • Accounts Payable and Invoice Payments – Accounts Payable, 608-258-2055
  • General Financial Resource questions – 608-259-2955

Thank you for your continued support and cooperation with our efforts to ensure everyone receives their payments in a timely manner.

Published December 8, 2017. Updated December 18, 2017.

CETL announces Blackboard drop-in sessions

The Blackboard Mentors and the Focus on Focus Team will be available for help with Blackboard. If you need help setting up classes for next semester or you are interested in learning some new features you haven’t used before, stop into CETL for some on-on-one assistance. No appointment is needed.

Times and locations:

  • Monday, Dec. 11, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Protective Services Building- Room TBD
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL
  • Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in the Health Education Building-Room 218
  • Thursday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in CETL

There is also support available via Blackboard Collaborate. Call CETL for the link to connect to live support.

Can't make it to campus or you have questions? For phone support Call CETL at 608-246-6646.

Published December 6, 2017. Updated December 8, 2017.

Therapy dog to visit Reedsburg Campus

The Madison College Reedsburg Campus will host a therapy dog on Tuesday, Dec. 12, from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Reedsburg Library, Room 100.

Students, staff and the community are invited to come and meet this furry friend. It is a great way to relax and relieve stress. 

Published December 4, 2017. Updated January 19, 2018.

Eat out to support Dental Hygiene service trip

Come have a burger and custard to support the Dental Hygiene students’ upcoming service trip. These students are participating in a Scoopie Night at the East Towne Culver’s Tuesday, Dec. 5. from 4:30-8:30 p.m. Ten percent of all sales during that time will go toward defraying the students’ cost of the trip. 

The Dental Hygiene students will travel over spring break in 2018 to provide dental care to children in Ambergris Caye, Belize. 

Keep in mind that the East Towne Culver's (4301 E. Towne Blvd. Madison) is the only location participating in this fundraiser.

Published December 4, 2017.

Virtual desktops will undergo maintenance

Technology Services will complete upgrades to the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure environment on Saturday, Dec. 16, starting at 5 p.m. and ending at 2 a.m. Sunday morning. Virtual desktops will be inaccessible during this maintenance.

If you have a persistent Employee Virtual Desktop, please be sure you have no unsaved work open as it may be lost. Please log off all virtual desktops before leaving on Friday.

Instructors who believe this will negatively affect them or their students are asked to contact the Help Desk, ext. 6666, as soon as possible. 

Please note that access to other services will be available.

Published December 4, 2017.

Blackboard's inline grading transitions to new API

Changes are coming to Blackboard’s inline grading. Crocodoc API, the current service for inline grading, will be discontinued Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.

As a result, Blackboard will update their inline grading capability to leverage the New Box View API. New Box View offers several improvements over Crocodoc, including improved rendering fidelity and expanded support for new file types. 

After Monday, Jan. 5, and during the migration, the Crocodoc service will display a “Service Unavailable” message.

New Box View will completely replace the Crocodoc feature in your courses, with the same general workflows and interface elements. Faculty will see slight differences in the interface, primarily more streamlined buttons and options.

Below: Fall 2017 Crocodoc view (left) compared to New Box view (right).

Published December 4, 2017.

Students to present in Honors Competition

The Fall 2017 Honors Program Competition will take place Friday, Dec. 8, from
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. in Room 311 in the Health Education and Information Technology Building.

The Honors Program is a college wide, project-based program. Students work with an honors supervising faculty member over the course of a semester to develop an honors project within the faculty member’s discipline. 

As part of the program, an Honors Competition is held at the end of each semester, at which students present their honors projects to members of the Madison College community and a panel of judges. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Winners will receive cash prizes and a trip to the next Upper Midwest Regional Honors Council Conference.

Published December 4, 2017.