Blackboard Exemplary Course Program
The Center for Instruction and Technology (CIT) is sponsoring the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program to create greater awareness of achievements by faculty who are finding new ways to design instruction using Blackboard. The program recognizes two faculty who have demonstrated the practice of exemplary course design using Blackboard.
Two awards will be granted: the Novice and the Exemplar. The award recipients will present their projects at an event to be held at the Center for Instruction and Technology in late spring.
The Novice ($1500)
The Novice award will recognize a first-time or basic user of Blackboard who designs an exemplary course based upon the guidelines specified in the program rubric.
The Exemplar ($1500)
The Exemplar award will be granted to the Blackboard user who designs an exemplary course based upon the guidelines specified in the program rubric, excelling on all areas of the rubric.
Benefits of Participating in the Program:
- Learn course design best practices to improve the engagement, collaboration, assessment and learner support in your courses
- Develop a fresh perspective by seeing how other instructors are developing their courses
- Apply lessons learned from the Blackboard Exemplary Course Rubric to your own courses
- Receive feedback on your course development on the rubric best practices
- Gain recognition for your accomplishments and participation in the program
- Observe increased student engagement with the learning in your course
- Participants will announce their intention to participate by submitting the Intention to Participate form (included below) by January 31st.
- Deadline for submission of the course you are submitting for review is due by 11:55 pm April 1st. You may submit your proposal through our online form.
- Participants are strongly encouraged to attend CIT classes that support the program's goals, although attendance is not required in order to participate. Click here to view the class listing and register for classes.
- All submissions will be judged based on the Blackboard Exemplary Course rubric adapted for the University of San Francisco. Click here to download a .pdf version of the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Rubric. A combined team of CIT staff and USF Leadership will serve as reviewers.
- Full and part-time faculty are encouraged to apply.
Intention to Participate
Please submit your intention to participate before January 31st. Click the Submit Form button below to send.
How will I get a Blackboard site for designing my course?
with your name and proposed course name and a site will be created for you.
Can I see an example of an exemplary Blackboard course?
Can I submit more than one course for
Yes, multiple courses can be submitted for review.
Can I submit a class I've taught in the
past or should it be an empty Blackboard class shell?
You may submit a Blackboard course that you have taught in the past, but please create a course copy and use a new Blackboard course site for your submission to comply with FERPA guidelines
Do I need to attend a workshop?
Attending workshops is
strongly encouraged but not required.
Do I need to submit an "intent" to participate?
Yes, your intention to participate is required by 1/31/12.
How will the rubric be used? The rubric will be used to
score course submissions. Reviewers will use a 3-point scale
to score each course based upon the criteria used in the