The Exemplary Course Program began in 2000 with the goal of identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the Exemplary Course Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high-quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support.
Along with the rubric and a webinar series to help you learn more about the exemplary principles, Blackboard celebrates the winners who developed and designed these exemplary courses. These educators and instructional designers are improving the quality of online learning at their institutions for their students. The Exemplary course award highlights their efforts.
2021 Exemplary Course Program
Become a peer reviewer for the Exemplary Course Program. By volunteering to participate as a course reviewer, you help make the program a great success. There are many benefits to participating in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program.
Explore in-depth a variety of different online courses and get ideas and inspiration for your own online courses
Apply lessons learned from the Exemplary Course Rubric to your own courses or those you are helping to develop
Share your knowledge and experience with others by providing feedback on their course designs
Gain professional development experience and recognition for your accomplishments and participation in the program
ECP Cohort – Webinar Series
Join us as we discuss key characteristics of high-quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment Design, and Learner Support! Together we will review the Exemplary Course Program Rubric and what this can look like in Learn Original and Learn Ultra.
Our goal is for you to walk away feeling confident in your ability to self-assess your own course. We also invite you to sign up to serve as a peer-reviewer of courses submitted to the Exemplary Course Program.
The Exemplary Course Program Rubric uses numerical point values for each standard. These point values (from 1 to 5) have been assigned to indicate the relative importance of that standard, with values of 5 representing compulsory standards. Compulsory standards must be met in order to receive an Exemplary course award.