Blackboard course availability

On Saturday, March 12, the Fall 2015 term courses will be made unavailable to students. 

Faculty will continue to have the ability to make the course "available" to students at their discretion.

Please refer to the Blackboard 9.1 FAQ for more information on course availability.

Published February 24, 2016. Updated March 7, 2016.

Media usage and captioning survey by CETL and DRS

The Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Disability Resource Services (DRS) are trying to assess and get accurate estimates on media usage (video and audio) in Madison College courses.

CETL and DRS also are trying to gauge the extent to which that material is rendered accessible through captioning. This information will be used to provide data to a cross-departmental team (CETL, DRS and IT) that is looking at solutions for video/media storage, as well as potential captioning services. 

Please take a few moments to complete this survey. It should take approximately 8 minutes to complete. Please respond to questions considering classes you have taught or plan to teach in the 15-16 and 16-17 academic years, reflecting on any media you have already used as well as any you plan to use in your course. 

Thank you for taking time to help CETL and DRS learn more about Madison College's media usage. Questions about this survey can be directed to CETL.

Published February 24, 2016.

Blackboard Grader App for iOS

Have you seen the 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:
Bb Grader Feature Guide
Demo of the Bb Grader

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

Published February 24, 2016.

Activate "The Power Formula for LinkedIn Success"

Join Phi Theta Kappa and Student Life at the Mitby Theatre Friday, March 4, at 10:20 a.m. to hear author and CEO Wayne Breitbarth share proven strategies that will not only get you started, but maximize your LinkedIn impact.

This free lecture will be a prime opportunity to learn about the benefits LinkedIn connections will have for your job search, business development, and general professional contact base.

Bretbarth will introduce you to strategies that will make it a breeze to get started in the world's largest professional networking community. Break-out session opportunities will follow Breitbarth's lecture and an opportunity to ask for the author's signature on your copy of “The Power Formula to LinkedIn Success.” His book will be for sale at the event and online at

RSVP through the "Events" tab on the PTK connection of The LINK and join Phi Theta Kappa and Student Life as they share this Nerd Herd Assembly event.

This may be an excellent opportunity to offer “extra credit” for those who attend and provide a reflection of their learning and experience.

Published February 24, 2016. Updated February 26, 2016.

Reminder: Staff and faculty PC upgrade Monday, Feb. 22

Technology Services will be upgrading staff and faculty PCs at the Truax main building on Monday, Feb. 22. The upgrades will occur at Truax on the first floor, including the administrative building and any that did not receive 2013 in previous rollout attempts.

Staff and faculty, please do the following before you leave on Monday:

  • Log off your PC.
  • Keep your PC powered on.

If you are not here on Monday, do the same procedure above on Tuesday, Feb. 23, or Wednesday, Feb. 24.

If you have any difficulties after this process, please contact the Help Desk at (608) 246-6666.

Technology Services’ Desktop Engineering Team sends thanks you for your cooperation.

Frequently asked questions:

How do I reset my signature in Outlook?

1. Click New Email to open a new message.
2. Under the "Message" tab, click on "Signature" button and select “Signatures.”
3. Click “New”, name it and paste your signature in the box.

My Outlook search changed. How do I search in Outlook 2013?

1. Allow indexing to complete! This can take up to an hour at first launch.
2. Click on the Search Box and the Search Tools will appear.
3. Click on the "Subject" or "From" button.
4. Type the words and Outlook will Search.

Where did my Microsoft Office go?

We have noted a few cases where the install has an issue on a particular PC — leaving the PC without Microsoft Office. If this happens, please contact the Help Desk.

Where can I get training?

CETL offers Office 2013 training classes. Visit their website for more information.

Published February 22, 2016.

Veteran Resource Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 23

The Veteran Resource Fair will be held in the Truax Gateway on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Everyone is welcome! Grab and go snacks will be provided. Student veterans can get first-hand information from the experts: over 25 community organizations that specifically support military veterans will be present.

This is a free connection to community and college veteran resources and a great way to network with other veterans. Tell students about this event without making veterans self-identify. Veteran Services aims to promote a veteran-friendly environment while at the same time informing everyone about this event.

Please help promote this event. You never know if a student or colleague has a family member, friend or peer who may need these resources.

Published February 22, 2016.

Accepting nominations for WTCS Ambassador Program

Wednesday, Feb. 24, is the final day to nominate a student for the WTCS State Ambassador selection process.

The State Ambassador Program began 30 years ago and is financially and philosophically supported by the financial services firm Robert W. Baird & Company, Inc., founded in 1919 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The State Ambassador Program recognizes and rewards excellence among technical college students and seeks to develop greater public awareness of technical education in Wisconsin.

Each year, each of the 16 technical college districts in the State of Wisconsin selects one student to be its WTCS State Ambassador. These 16 State Ambassadors represent the promise and success of nearly half-a-million students in the Wisconsin Technical College System.

See the Role Description for more information and fill out on a Nomination Form today.

Talk with a student who you believe would make a great ambassador for technical education in the State of Wisconsin and ask them if they would like to be nominated. Interviews will be scheduled for the last week of February and/or the first week of March.

Questions? Call Jackie Dahkle at (608) 246-6343 or stop by the Student Life Center at Truax.

Previous WTCS Ambassadors from Madison College:

  • Sharilyn Hodel (2015)
  • Pauline Chavez-Hemaidan (2014)
  • Adrian Holtzman (2013)
  • Ousmane Kabre (2012)
  • Jacob Weigandt (2011)
  • Qing Colucci (2010)
  • Sabrina Madison (2009)
  • Ann Goth (2008)
  • Jeffrey Fahrenbach (2007)
  • Johnna Lush (2006)
  • Shaylea Stensven (2005)
  • Brooke Knutson (2004)
  • Shelby Sherry (2003)
  • Michael Hinrichs (2002)
  • Shannon Luey (2001)
  • Christine Tate (2000)
  • Andrew Smith (1999)
  • Julie Goines (1998)
  • Debbie Dvorak (1997)
  • Loriann Knapton (1996)
  • Curtis Wacker (1995)

Published February 19, 2016. Updated February 18, 2016.

Graphic Design: piece by piece exhibit

The Madison College Graphic Design and Illustration program invite you to come see an exhibition showcasing some of the best work from each of their courses.

Come take a walk through the journey of a designer.

  • See how images and text can combine to create powerful meaning that can move an audience to feel or act.
  • Experience the handmade beauty and art of letterpress.
  • See pixel perfection come to life in webpage design.
  • Be moved by the self-expression of illustration.

Piece by piece—these elements add up to how we transform students into design professionals.

The exhibit opens Monday, Feb. 29, and runs through Tuesday, March 29, and opening reception Thursday, March 10, from 3-7 p.m. 

Please stop by for some food and refreshments during the opening reception. The graphic design and illustration faculty will be there to answer questions and discuss the work.

Please help them by RSVPing to the event and sharing it with anyone considering creative work in the future. 

Published February 19, 2016.

Students showcase skills at WTCS event

Madison College students Ryan Burg and Brandon Mitchell, along with instructor Peter Dettmer, showcased the Madison College Robotics and Automation program at the Wisconsin Technical College System’s (WTCS) Celebration of Student Engagement at the Capitol on Tuesday, Feb. 16.

The program featured a speech by WTCS President Morna Foy and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who mentioned the college in her speech.

Prior to her speech, Kleefisch stopped by the Madison College booth to test her candy sorting skills against a robot. 

Published February 19, 2016.

Highlights of success from the University Partnership Center

Dear colleagues,

As we strive to provide new value and opportunities to students in times of resource constraints, I wanted to share an example of how collaboration and creative thinking drove the creation of a new college unit and new capacity support for transfer partnerships. The new University Partnership Center was officially launched in July 2015.

Since then, in partnership with advising, schools and faculty, here are some highlights of success:

  • Established the standing Transfer Committee (UPC, Advising, A&S and faculty) that reviews and vets current and new agreements together to ensure robustness and relevance of the agreement and/or partnership before official signing
  • Over 100 existing agreements have been cleaned up, cleaned out and validated
  • New integrated relationship with advising team to ensure that transfer options for students are not simply complicated agreements posted on a hard to find area of the web, but agreements that are translated into student language for comprehension and access
  • Collaboration with advising team and web design team to ensure a prominent place on the new web for both our external university partners and for our students/internal staff.
  • New process to continually review and update all current agreements
  • New service capacity from UPC to offer assistance as needed to Deans and faculty on agreements they are pursuing or building, but also monitor job and industry data with ASA to identify credential gaps and ensure we have or are seeking agreements to meet those gaps

Since July 1, the follow agreements have been finalized or are new in process:


  • UW-Platteville: new agreement Veterinary Technology program
  • UW-Platteville: new agreement for Liberal Arts Transfer for engineering, math and science
  • UW-Oshkosh: 3 new agreements for several AAS degrees, criminal justice and fire protection programs
  • UW-Baraboo/Sauk Co: new agreement for several AAS degrees
  • Viterbo University: updated agreement for BSN completion
  • MSOE: updated agreement for the engineering technology programs
  • Chamberlain College of Nursing: WTCS-wide agreement for BSN completion
  • Grand Canyon University: WTCS-wide agreement for an employee discount program
  • Lakeland College: new agreement for an employee discount program
  • Herzing University: new 3+1 agreement for several AAS degrees
  • Bryant & Stratton University: WTCS-wide agreement for BSN completion
  • Wisconsin Lutheran College: new agreement for several AAS degrees
  • Carroll University: updated agreement for Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • Colorado State University – Global Campus: WTCS-wide agreement for several AAS degrees
  • Northwestern Health Sciences: new agreement for the Biotechnology program


  • UW-Platteville: new agreement for the Industrial Studies program
  • UW-Madison: updating agreement for the Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • UW-LaCrosse: new agreement for the Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • UW-Green Bay: new agreement for the engineering technology programs
  • UW-Whitewater: updating agreement for the Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • UW-Stout: updating agreement for the Culinary program and creating two new agreements, one for the Hospitality program and a new agreement for the Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • Edgewood College: five new agreements for biotechnology, engineering, criminal justice, human services and the honors program
  • Ripon College: new agreement for the Liberal Arts Transfer program
  • Capella University: updating agreement for several AAS degrees
  • Springfield College: new agreement for the Early Childhood Education, Human Services and Criminal Justice programs
  • Marian University: new agreement for the Biotechnology program

Special thanks to Jessica Monge, University Partnership Manager; Jen Zarrinnam, Admin. Support Vice Provost office; Todd Stebbins, Dean of A&S; Kevin Piper, faculty; and Audra Cooke, Advising Manager, among many others.  If you have any questions or would like more information on the University Partnership Center, please contact Jessica Monge.

Keep the innovation coming!
Turina R. Bakken, Ph.D., Vice Provost

Published February 18, 2016.