Congratulations to Grand Valley State University’s professors Szymon Machajewski and Cheryl Kautz! These GVSU professors recently earned recognition from education technology company Blackboard Inc. as recipients of the “Exemplary Course Award” through the Blackboard Catalyst Award program. The winners will be 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.
The eLearning and Emerging Technologies department offers our congratulations to Cheryl Kautz and Szymon Machajewski in their hard work to support student success through excellence in course design and teaching!
The Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award 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 were judged by peers and by experts on the following components:
- course design;
- interaction and collaboration;
- assessment; and
- learner support
About the Blackboard Catalyst Exemplary Course Award:
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 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
For more information about the 2017 award program, please visit the Blackboard Catalyst Award Community Site.
“Blackboard is proud to recognize this year’s Catalyst Award winners for their commitment to leveraging technology to improve the education experience,” said Bill Ballhaus, Chairman, CEO and President of Blackboard. “We look forward to continuing to work with these educators and institutions to support learner success, and to share best practices widely for the benefit of the education community.”