The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing engaging online courses. Using the Exemplary Course Rubric, instructors and course designers are able to evaluate how well their own course conforms to best practices outlined in the rubric. Courses that are submitted to the program will be evaluated using the rubric by a peer group of Blackboard clients. Then, a Reviewer Council reviews any course that received at least one exemplary rating. From there, courses that receive two or more exemplary ratings will be reviewed by the Exemplary Course Directors to determine who will receive an Exemplary Course Award.
The 2013 submission window has closed. Winners will be notified in May 2013.
Submitting your course for review will provide you the opportunity to:
All courses will be reviewed and will receive detailed feedback on their design, interaction and collaboration, assessment and learner support components. Submitted courses are reviewed by a team of peer reviewers and the Exemplary Course Program Directors. The reviewers use a detailed rubric to evaluate each course. After, the results are compiled, the feedback is returned to each course submitter.
A representative from the award winning course teams will be invited to attend Blackboard World to be recognized for their accomplishment. See the OFFICIAL RULES for this program for more details.
Members of the Blackboard user community are welcome to submit courses for the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. Courses being submitted must be in one of the following systems:
Interaction and collaboration is a fundamental aspect of an Exemplary Course. If there is no evidence of interaction, using such tools as discussion, chat, email, blogs, wikis, or podcasts, video, synchronous or asynchronous collaboration the course will not be considered for review. Please create a folder in your course titled “for course reviewers”. This folder should contain the evidence of student interaction. You are welcome to copy paste it in a word document or provide it in any form you wish.
The reviewers will need online access to a copy of the course so they can evaluate it. Please create a copy of your course without student data. The reviewers will need designer or course builder access to the archived course instance until at least July 31, 2013. Courses submitted for review must have ended by the submission deadline. Please do not provide us access to courses in which students are currently enrolled. If you have questions about providing online access of the course to reviewers, please contact us at email@example.com.
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