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Exemplary Course Program

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program

The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the ECP Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. Thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices.

The Exemplary Course Program is continuously available, with extensive opportunities for course reviews and collaboration. There is no charge for participation. The ECP Rubric is offered under a Creative Commons license, and we encourage you to reuse and remix it as part of your own discussions on quality course design. Exemplary Course achievements are announced on a rolling basis.

Benefits of participating

Through the Exemplary Course Program, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Reflect on your own course design through self-review of your course
  • Participate in course design professional development via an online community
  • Gain new perspectives and insights on your course through a structured review process
  • Receive detailed feedback on your course, including best practices and areas for improvement through our peer review and achievement review processes
  • Apply lessons learned from the program and the ECP rubric to courses you develop
  • Learn from and network with your peers

Review processes

All members of the Blackboard community are welcome to use the ECP processes for review of Blackboard Learn or Moodle courses.

You can choose various types of review:

  • Self Review – You evaluate your own course with the ECP rubric.
  • Peer Review – A peer volunteers to review your course with the ECP rubric.
  • Achievement Review – An ECP expert evaluates your course with the ECP rubric and you will receive certification if your course achieves an exemplary status.

To learn more and to participate in any of these types of review, enroll in the ECP community.

Volunteer to review courses

Don't want to submit a course? Consider becoming a volunteer course reviewer to:

  • Explore in-depth a variety of courses 
  • Get inspiration for your own courses
  • Apply lessons learned from the Exemplary Course Program Rubric to courses you develop
  • Share your knowledge and experience by providing feedback on others' course designs

Sign up here.