As a long-time proponent of Blackboard’s Exemplary Course Program, I was pleased to see a tweet from Deb Everhart last week announcing that Blackboard has relaunched its Exemplary Course Program, which had been on hiatus since this past year.
— Deb Everhart (@ariadne4444) July 17, 2015
For those unfamiliar with the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP), it 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. Thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices.
For more information about the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program, visit blackboard.com/ecp. You can also tour an example course that received the exemplary course distinction.
Just in time for BbWorld 2015, Blackboard has launched a beta phase of a new community platform at blackboard.jiveon.com. The Beta is rolling out with some great features, allowing users to locate information, submit community questions, share best practices and easily engage and collaborate with peers. Some valuable enhancements are coming in the next few months, like single sign-on, improvements in visual integration and cross-site search and navigation.
Blackboard is seeking feedback and suggestions from client users to shape the development of the community site for a Q3 full launch. By joining the beta you will be invited to participate in future usability tests that will be used to ensure the content published and created is in line with community needs and expectations. These requests for feedback will come in various formats: focus groups, discussions, polls, surveys and direct outreach. Any and all feedback is welcome!
I’ve signed-up for the community site beta and look forward in the coming days to becoming more familiar with the platform, you’ll find me here. Let’s connect!
In case you missed it, Blackboard for the first time is offering an opportunity to catch all the BbWorld keynotes, product roadmaps, and many of the other sessions by registering at bbworldlive.com