By John Bourke, Educational Designer, Griffith University (Brisbane, Australia)
It’s official: the 2009 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) is underway. I know some readers of Blackboard Blogs are considering the idea of submitting a course for review by the program, so I thought I’d try to inspire the instructors and course developers among you to take the plunge, commit some time and submit a course!
For me, the ECP is a fantastic program with the worthy aim of identifying and sharing best practices in engaging online course design. I’ve been honored to be part of the program as a director, and I find myself becoming more passionate about the program, exemplary course design and the idea of sharing best practices in online course design with the community.
Let me give you a closer look at why you should submit a course to the ECP.
For starters, and rather importantly, you will spend quality time reflecting on your course because built into the ECP nomination process is a comprehensive self-evaluation exercise using the ECP rubric. Make no mistake: this is not something to be taken lightly, as there are over 50 criteria, covering course design, interaction, and collaboration, assessment and learner support. In addition, you will need to provide anecdotal and visual evidence to support your evaluations. The immediate benefits are obvious; for instructors and course developers, this is a valuable and rare opportunity to undertake a reflective, self-evaluation of their course.