Blackboard recently featured a quality course program in a blog.blackboard.com post entitled: “The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program: What’s in it for You?”
In short, the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program recognizes faculty and course designers from schools, colleges and universities around the world who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.
The award highlights technologically rich, engaging, well designed, and pedagogically sound courses that showcase best practices for the user community. Submissions are judged by peers and by experts on the following components through an Exemplary Course Program Rubric:
- course design;
- interaction and collaboration;
- assessment; and
- learner support
Faculty and instructional designers can:
- Submit their courses for self-review
- Submit their courses for peer-review
- Volunteer to review courses
The following video spotlight features the exemplary course program and includes a segment by GVSU Affiliate Instructor, Szymon Machajewski, from the School of Computing and Information Systems.
Last year, Grand Valley State University’s professors Szymon Machajewski and Cheryl Kautz, earned recognition from education technology company Blackboard Inc. as recipients of the “Exemplary Course Award” through the Blackboard Catalyst Award program. The winners were recognized during the BbWorld 2017 conference to be held July 25-27 in New Orleans.
Szymon Machajewski, Affiliate Instructor, in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU received a 2017 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for his CIS 150 – Introduction to Computing Course. The award also recognized Brad Brege, CIS150 course coordinator, as a course collaborator and contributor.
Cheryl Kautz, Affiliate Instructor, in the School of Computing and Information Systems at GVSU received a 2017 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for her CIS 238 – Internet Media and Programming Course.
About the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award – This award recognizes faculty and course designers who develop exciting and innovative courses that represent the very best in technology and learning.
Congratulations again to GVSU faculty Szymon Machajewski and Cheryl Kautz, along with all of the 2017 award winners:
- Hawaii Pacific University: Dr. Han Nee Chong
- Algonquin College, Ontario, Canada: Dr. Albert Dudley
- Grand Valley State University, Michigan: Cheryl Kautz
- Grand Valley State University, Michigan: Szymon Machajewski
- Columbia Southern University, Alabama: Jacqueline Pica and Dr. Christine Whitaker
- Ohio University: Kyle Rosenberger
- Kent State University, Ohio: Dr. John Staley