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.

Register for the Webinar Series in September 2020

ECP Reviewer

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

Reviewer Registration


ECP Rubric

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2020 ECP Winners

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