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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. 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. The Reviewer Council passes any course they deem to be exemplary onto the Exemplary Course Directors. The Directors perform additional evaluation and determine who will receive an Exemplary Course Award.
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.