What a faculty member can do if MxCC has to close for a considerable length of time?

Pandemic? Snow Closing? Hurricane Closing?

1. Use Faculty Self-Service to communicate with students via Email.
This is the simplest way to keep in touch with your students. Step-by-step instruction with screen captures can be accessed at ../distance/facultyres/rosters.shtml

  • Log on to MyCommNet with your NetID and password at my.commnet.edu.
  • Click on Banner Self-Service icon at upper right corner.
  • Click on Middlesex Community College link.
  • Click on Faculty Services link.
  • Click on Summary Class List link.
  • Select a Term such as Fall 2014.
  • Select a CRN and click on Submit button. You will see the course roaster with student names, IDs, and their college emails.
  • Click on Email Entire Class link (bottom). A new message window opens, you will type subject and message, click on Send. You may also attach files in the email sent to your students.*  

*In order to send an email to all students in your course, you need to have an Email application installed to your computer such as MS Outlook Express, MS Outlook, etc. If you do not have an email application on your home computer, you may log on to your college account via WebOutlook, then copy and paste students’ emails in the “To” box.

2. Use Blackboard to communicate with students.

  • Log on to MyCommNet with your NetID and password at my.commnet.edu.
  • Click on Blackboard icon at upper right. You are then on My Institution page.
  • Click on your class name to enter your class site.
  • In “Default” template, you may post an announcement and class files. Refer to Getting Started with Blackboard Learn handout.

Three ways to learn Blackboard

  1. Attend a Blackboard training workshop offered at MxCC or other Connecticut community colleges. For the workshop schedule at MxCC, click here. For workshops offered at other campuses, search and register by going to System Calendar at http://calendar.ct.edu.
    Search for a Blackboard workshop and register.
  2. Download a Getting Started with Blackboard training handout and follow instructions.
    Go to How to Documentation
    Under Blackboard > General>Blackboard Basics, click on the PDF link.
  3. All faculty members have access to a Blackboard training site on Blackboard.
    When you are at My Institution page, click on Blackboard Learn Faculty Orientation Course link.
    There are a variety of training materials to help you learn Blackboard.

3. Use WebEx Conferencing to teach your course online.  Faculty can apply for an account at http://supportcenter.ct.edu/Service/WebExForHosting.asp

Instruction on how to host an online meeting can also be found at the page.  You may attend a training. The training schedule is posted at http://calendar.ct.edu