Spring Semester 2021
MCTC starting virtually this semester.
MCTC classes start on Monday, January 11, and all classes and labs will be offered remotely the first week of class. Students should check Blackboard and contact their instructors for specific course information.
For the first week of class, instead of coming to campus, students who signed up for on-campus classes will attend remotely during the regularly-scheduled class time and join a live stream of the class available through Microsoft Teams or Blackboard Collaborate. During the live stream, students will be able to listen to and see the instructor, “raise their hand” to ask a question, talk to the instructor and type comments in the chat box. Live streams will also be recorded and posted to be viewed online at any time for students who cannot login during the scheduled class time. For students who do not have reliable access to a computer or the Internet, students can login from an on-campus computer and use personal headphones.
During the first week of class, instructors will:
- Discuss the instructional plan for the semester
- Develop a rotating schedule for students to come to class and/or lab, as needed, to ensure social distancing
- Work with students to understand their unique concerns and technology needs
- Connect students to support services to help them be successful this semester
After the first week of class, on-campus, in-classroom seats will also be available in accordance with Kentucky’s social-distancing guidelines. Students who attend in-person will be required to wear a face mask at all times while on-campus.
Classes scheduled for 100% online delivery will available through Blackboard as usual.
All MCTC campuses are opened during normal business hours (Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm) with reduced staffing. Students are strongly encouraged to call ahead and schedule an appointment before coming to campus to ensure availability.
STUDENTS: Before coming to campus please compete a daily health assessment:
For help accessing a live streamed class click here:
Many of your classes may be utilizing Blackboard Collaborate for a virtual classroom option. This guide will help you know how to access that from your Blackboard course and provide a video tour of some of the features you may need to use during your class sessions.
ACCESSING BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE
You will find the link to Blackboard Collaborate within your course in Blackboard. The link will be available on the menu found on the left-hand side of your screen when you enter your course. The menu may look slightly different depending on if your course is in Blackboard Learn Original or Blackboard Learn Ultra. The image below shows you the link you’ll use to access Blackboard Collaborate.
JOINING A SESSION
Once you’ve found the Blackboard Collaborate link, you’ll want to join the session. Keep in mind that your instructor may want you to join the “course room” or may name their classes differently. The image below shows you how to join a session.
NAVIGATING BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE AND ITS FEATURES
Watch the video tour of some of the features you may be using within Blackboard Collaborate.
WATCH A RECORDED BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE SESSION
Your professor may choose to record their live Blackboard Collaborate sessions so you can review them later. The image below shows you how to access the recordings.
BLACKBOARD COLLABORATE HELP
For additional help with using Blackboard Collaborate, please visit the Blackboard Collaborate Help webpage.
Many of your classes may be utilizing Microsoft Teams for a virtual classroom option. This guide will help you know how to access a Teams meeting and provide a video tour of some of the features you may need to use during your class sessions.
ACCESSING MICROSOFT TEAMS
Although you can join a Teams meeting without having the Teams app installed, you can download and install the entire Office 365 suite which includes Microsoft Teams. Office 365 is available free of charge for students to install on up to 5 devices and includes many apps that you will need for your college experience (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Access, OneNote, Teams and much more!). The link below provides steps to download and install.
Teams is also available as an App on your mobile device or tablet!
Accessing a Teams meeting from within the Teams app:
If your instructor has created a Team for your class, you will click on the Teams icon in Microsoft Teams and then click the icon for your class name.
Click the meeting link shown to access a session provided by your instructor:
Accessing a Teams meeting from your KCTCS email:
Go to your KCTCS email in MyPath.
You will find the meeting in an email from your instructor or locate it on the calendar.
Click the link to join:
Accessing a Teams meeting from Blackboard Ultra:
Another method of accessing a Teams session is from a link provided by your instructor in Blackboard.
(PLEASE NOTE: This is only available in Blackboard Ultra)
JOINING A SESSION
If you are joining a Teams meeting from your email, calendar or a link provided in Blackboard, you will be asked how you want to join the meeting. Notice that you can connect to Teams through a browser with no installation required. This will work for Windows, Chromebooks or Macs.
Before you connect to the session, you can determine the settings for your webcam (video) and microphone (audio). In the example below, the session is set to begin with video off and mic on. It is best to join a session with video and mic turned off (muted). Click Join Now to start the session.
NAVIGATING MICROSOFT TEAMS AND ITS FEATURES
Once you are in the session, you will have a floating navigation toolbar near the bottom of the screen that you can access at any time during the session to turn your audio and video on or off and access to other features of Teams.
Watch the video tour of some of the features you may be using within Microsoft Teams.
WATCH A RECORDED MICROSOFT TEAMS SESSION
Your instructor may choose to record their live Teams sessions so you can review them later. The image below shows you how to access the recordings in Teams. If your instructor has a designated Team for your class, click Teams. If your instructor conducted your session through a meeting link sent to your email, click Chat. You will find a link to the recording as shown. Also, your instructor may provide you with a link to the recording and post that within Blackboard. Contact your instructor for further information on locating the recorded sessions.
MICROSOFT TEAMS HELP
For additional help with using Microsoft Teams, please visit the Microsoft Teams Help webpage.