About the Exemplary Course Program

Blog Post created by debbora.woods on Dec 27, 2017

Are your courses "Exemplary"

What does it take to create an engaging, effective course? The Exemplary Course Program, with its self and peer review processes, can provide you with valuable insights.


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. It was developed by leaders in instructional design, based on 100+ years of their collective practice and expertise. The Rubric is reviewed and updated annually by clients and Blackboard experts who survey the current literature and base changes on the evolving field of best practices. Thousands of instructors, teachers, instructional designers, and faculty trainers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices.


Benefits of participating

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

  • Reflect on your own course design through self-review of your course(s)
  • Complete course design professional development via the ECP Cohorts, peer reviews, and self review
  • Gain new perspectives and insights on your course through a structured peer review process
  • Receive detailed feedback on your course, including best practices and areas for improvement, from peer reviewers
  • Apply lessons learned from the program and the ECP Rubric to courses you develop
  • Learn from and network with your peers


Course review process

All members of the Blackboard community are welcome to use the ECP process for review of Blackboard Learn or Moodle courses.You can choose three types of review:

For more information about each of these types of review, click on the blue links.


Volunteer to Review Courses

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 to be a Course Reviewer for 2018 >>


Participate in ECP Cohort webinars

ECP Cohorts are provided two times per year - in the spring and fall. Cohorts consist of five (5) free webinars where we cover each exemplary characteristic from the Rubric, provide best practice examples, view course tours from Exemplary Course Winners, and walk you through hands-on building of an exemplary course. We conclude the series with a special Course Reviewer Training for people interested in volunteering. Webinars are provided once per week as follows:

  • Week 1: Course Design
  • Week 2: Interaction and Collaboration
  • Week 3: Assessment
  • Week 4: Learner Support
  • Week 5: Course Reviewer Training


Register to attend the ECP Cohort for Spring 2018 >>