Just last week I tuned in to HBO to watch the induction ceremony of the Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2012. Since I hail from Cleveland – the hometown of the Rock Hall – I always try to watch the induction ceremony as it contains a who’s who of modern music history performing numerous classics. As I sat on my couch watching the likes of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, and Guns ‘N Roses perform their celebrated hits from the last 25 years, I couldn’t help but think ahead a couple of months to when we here at Blackboard Collaborate will induct our own Class of 2012.
Now an annual tradition, the Blackboard Collaborate™ Hall of Fame for Excellence in Collaboration celebrates educators around the world who have shown exemplary innovation and creativity in their use of the Blackboard Collaborate platform. In fact, last year we inducted six schools from across the globe into our hallowed halls.
While there are no specific categories, inductees will have demonstrated excellence at a college, university, district, or school in using Blackboard Collaborate to accomplish any number of the following:
- Improving student outcomes
- Saving significant money for an institution or program
- Encouraging sustainability/green initiatives
- Attracting and retaining new students, increasing retention rates
- Assessing the quality and impact of collaboration within a course
- Introducing global collaboration
- Enterprise-wide implementation across an entire institution, district, school, or virtual program
This year’s inductees will be announced at a ceremony on Wednesday July 11, 2012 at the Blackboard Collaborate Connections Summit 2012 in New Orleans. And as always, the ceremony itself will feature fun, food, dancing, and much more, as I don my traditional purple emcee jacket to honor our newest class.
So just how does one become eligible? Simple. Nominate yourself!
The Call for Nominations for the Hall of Fame Class of 2012 is now open. Submissions are due on or before May 18, 2012. Here’s your chance to nominate your university, college, school district, virtual school, or training organization.
Submit your nomination now and maybe you’ll find you and your team on stage in New Orleans this summer! Though I don’t think Guns ‘N Roses will be on stage with you.