About Catalyst Awards



Founded in 2005, the Blackboard Catalyst Awards recognizes and honors innovation and excellence in the Blackboard global community of practice, where millions of educators and learners work every day to redefine what is possible when leveraging technology.  

Blackboard is focused on highlighting customer successes and raising awareness throughout the educational industry by celebrating achievements and milestones. Our community centers on educators and administrators who are passionate about using technology in education and collaborating on best practices. The Blackboard Catalyst Awards are an opportunity to celebrate these accomplishments and help raise standard for the entire industry.

2020 Catalyst Award Categories


Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change

This award is for institutions who are on the forefront of educational innovation. It recognizes campuses who have developed and implemented high impact educational strategies that scale. Awardees will have developed practices and/or technologies that have had a measurable effect on learning outcomes, student performance, or academic progression. The Blackboard Catalyst Award for Leading Change recognizes institutions that actively promote the widespread adoption of innovative strategies with the potential to increase rates of student success nationwide.

Blackboard Catalyst Award for Community Engagement

This award recognizes customers who are dedicated to improving student achievement by fostering a connection between school districts, institutions, educators, students, and their communities. Examples that demonstrate this achievement include: effective use of multi-platform communication, use of mass communication tools to rally a community cause, or a campaign that succeeded in strengthening an institution’s brand and perception within their community.

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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Teaching Learning

This award recognizes those who have adopted flexible, distance and online delivery, including using mobile technologies to positively impact the educational experience. The winner will have demonstrated innovative use of the Blackboard platforms, increasing flexibility, furthering learner and instructor effectiveness and efficiency.

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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Inclusive Education

The Inclusive Education Award honors those customers whose methods have ensured their pedagogy, content, technology, and educational services are fully inclusive and supportive of all learners with disabilities. They have taken specific steps to rethink how learning is achieved and have provided the means to help students succeed.

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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Optimizing Student Experience

This award honors those institutions whose educational and administrative innovations have markedly improved the total learner experience. This includes their addressing of new and changing dynamics in fields such as student recruitment, financial aid, enrollment, retention and assessment, graduation, and beyond.

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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Training & Professional Development

This award recognizes those who use Blackboard programs to support and enhance professional development within or outside of their organization. This can include anything from creative learning opportunities to on-the-job training in the newest technologies, and should display an organization-wide dedication to innovative training and development programs.

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Blackboard Catalyst Award for Student Success

This award recognizes individuals and/or institutions whose creative program application has led to increased retention, increased completion, and/or improved outcomes through the implementation of new academic and/or administrative resources, data analytics solutions, scalable advising and intervention strategies, student support programs, and more.

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Contact Us

Please email questions to CatalystAwards@blackboard.com