Blackboard Catalyst Award

Blackboard Catalyst Awards

The Blackboard Catalyst Awards honor those who push the boundaries of their educational programs and technology in order to deliver innovative and effective learning experiences.

Nominations are now closed. Thank you to all that submitted. Winners will be announced in May 2014.

Exemplary Course Award

The Exemplary Course Award recognizes faculty and course designers around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning. Courses are evaluated in four major areas (Course Design, Interaction & Collaboration, Assessment and Learner Support) by a peer group of Blackboard clients, a Reviewer Council, and Directors. Learn more about the Exemplary Course Program >

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Staff Development Award

The Staff Development Award honors those who use Blackboard solutions to support and enhance faculty and professional development skills to provide a better organization-wide learning experience. Submissions should focus on solutions for staff and/or instructor training, vocational training, or specialized professional development.

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Student Impact Award

The Student Impact Award recognizes individuals and/or institutions that successfully increased levels of student engagement or retention through new academic, student support, or administrative strategies. Submissions should focus on how you fostered student success and provide quantitative evidence of that success.

Innovation Award

The Innovation Award recognizes those that think outside the box in areas such as, but not limited to, teaching and learning practices, software development, mobile innovation, cloud innovation, online program management, and more. The sky is the limit! Submissions can showcase innovative achievements at an academic and/or administrative level.

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Innovative Blended Learning Award*

The Innovative Blended Learning Award recognises a client outside of the U.S. and Canada whose innovative practices or policies serve as a model for blended or online learning. Their innovation resulted in improving the overall effectiveness, efficiency and success of blended/online learning and lead to improved student achievement in their institution. The sky is the limit! Submissions can showcase innovative achievements at an academic and/or administrative level.

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*For clients outside the U.S. and Canada only

Important Dates

  • December 1, 2013: Submissions are accepted for all categories.
  • February 17, 2014: Submissions due for all categories. Add to Outlook Add a Calendar Reminder
  • April 30, 2014: Winners for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa recognized at the Blackboard Teaching and Learning Conference in Dublin, Ireland
  • Early May 2014: Winners selected and notified for all categories.
  • July 2014: Winners recognized at BbWorld 2014 in Las Vegas.


If you have questions about the awards or the submissions process, please email

See the Official Rules for the Catalyst Awards for more details .

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