Here's a quick Q&A to cover some recent inquiries I've received about the Exemplary Course Program:
Question: When is the time frame to submit courses for review?
Answer: Courses can be submitted year-round!
Question: How often are winning courses recognized and awarded?
Answer: If you have a course that is deemed "Exemplary," you will be notified right away! However, official press releases and notifications via various channels (website, Community site, social media, etc.) happen twice a year during July/August and December/January.
Question: How are winners officially recognized for their exemplary courses?
Answer: This is a BIG DEAL! You've worked hard to get your course recognized. So we create quite a buzz about our winners! Here are some of the things we do:
- Press release recognizing the winners, the course names, and the institutions where they work
- Social media posts about the winners and their institutions
- A blog post in this Blackboard Community
- A notification on our website
- Letters mailed to the Provost, Faculty Senate President, Department Dean, and Faculty Training/Development Lead - we want them to know how awesome you are!
- A certificate of participation and Exemplary Course Winner badge sent to you
- And a few other things up our sleeves ;-)
Question: How long does it take to get my course reviewed?
Answer: Once a course is submitted for peer review, I assign three reviewers. They have up to 4 weeks to review the course based on the Exemplary Course Rubric. If at least one of the reviewers scores the course as "Exemplary," then I assign an expert reviewer, who has up to 4 weeks to conduct the review. If the expert deems the course "Exemplary," then the celebration begins!
Have more questions? Feel free to ask them here and I'll get you the answers you need.
All the best,