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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.
Due to the ever-increasing adoption of the Exemplary Course Program rubric and interest in the ECP Catalyst Award, we are making some exciting changes to expand the Exemplary Course Program. Starting in 2015, the program will run year-round, with expanded opportunities for course reviews and collaboration. Exemplary Course awards will be announced on a rolling basis. New ECP activities will start in early 2015, and we look forward to your continuing engagement in the professional development opportunities of this program.
To stay up to date on the latest Catalyst Awards and ECP information, please fill out this form.
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 peer reviewers. Additional feedback is provided by the Reviewer Council and the Exemplary Course Program Directors. Reviewers complete a detailed evaluation form that is provided back to the course submitter.