2017 Winners in Leading Change

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University of Maryland, Baltimore County: Dr. John Fritz, Jack Suess, and Kevin Joseph

UMBC has been seen as a leader in the use of analytics in higher education, particularly through their use of Blackboard's Analytics. At UMBC the use of Bb LMS has been shown to correlate to a student's success in that course. Since 2007, UMBC students earning a D or F were found to have used LMS about 40% less than students who earned a C or higher. To solve the problem of scaling student responsibility for learning, UMBC developed the Check My Activity Tool (CMA). CMA allows students to compare their own level of Blackboard Learn activity to a summary of their peers enrolled in the same course. Further, students can filter the activity levels to that of students who are earning the same, higher or lower grades on specific assignments. CMA’s benefits academic success with students that use the tool being about 1.5 times more likely to earn a C or better final grade than their peers who did not.



Northern Illinois University: Faculty Development and Instructional Design Center

Northern Illinois University has been using Blackboard for over 15 years and as of Fall 2016, 90% of faculty and over 95% of students at the University use Blackboard Learn. Due to its large sphere of influence, NIU uses Blackboard as a tool to support campus-wide change efforts. The administration began to encourage every student to create a portfolio to increase their learning outcomes and retention using Blackboard Portfolio. This high impact practice was implemented to scale throughout the University with over 9,000 portfolios created by 5,294 users. NIU’s implementation has been so successful they have shared their process and resources with 15 other institutions.



Auditoria Superior del Estado de Coahuila, Coahuila, Mexico: Alberto De Leon Gonzalez and Ludivina Leija Rodriguez

In Mexico, the General Law of Government Accounting established national accounting practices to be implemented throughout the country. Blackboard was adopted in 2015 as the platform to provide training on these new universal practices. In order to enforce these changes, two strategies were put in place: to harmonize accounting at a national level and to optimize the process at the state level. The new accounting parameters were conveyed by three separate courses delivered through Blackboard that reached over 100,000 public service participants. This strategy's success allowed for the National Council of Accounting Organization's (CONAC) objective to be achieved. Further, it was achieved extremely efficiently with the use of Blackboard greatly cutting down on expenses including the cost of training/hour and travel expenses by 93%.



Inter American University of Puerto Rico - Ponce Campus: Dr. Omayra Caraballo-Pagán and Dr. Vilma Colón-Acosta

The Ponce Campus of the Inter-American University of Puerto Rico has made online education an integral part of their university. Approximately 25% of their enrolled students are pursuing one of their 24 online degree programs that range from associate up to doctoral. However, the University has made online courses available to other students with another 50% taking at least one online class during their time. The Ponce Campus has gone above and beyond in integrating online courses as a part of their educational program, creating a more flexible school environment that allows for more people to pursue degrees.


  1. St. Regis School Board, Montana: Charlee Thompson
  2. St. Regis Schools are the first in Montana to embrace an extensive personalized learning model -transforming education and energizing teachers, students and parents across St. Regis. Students who were once disengaged in their classes are now actively engaged in their education and are allowed to work at their own pace to master material, resulting in dramatic gains to test scores. St. Regis is inspiring districts across the state to re-think traditional teaching and learning practices. Their next goal is to push the model down to the lowest elementary levels and to move to an open schedule that provides students with even more independence and control over their education.