By Daniel Lake, Blackboard ECP Director, and K-12 Technology Integration Specialist, OCM Board of Cooperative Educational Services (Syracuse, NY)
Last year I joined the august group of professionals supporting the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP). Moving from the role of a reviewer to that of a director was both an honor and a challenge for me. The challenge was that I represented a new player in the world of online course delivery: the K-12 classroom.
I wondered, "How could I bring my new role into line with the rest of the group?" After all, in my world “course design” is often considered to be that part of computer-delivered instruction that motivates students with colorful icons and animated images, the provision of slideshows and movies, and a use of varied font colors and sizes.
The ECP rubric easily moves one beyond that limited view. (You can download the rubric here.) Section by section the rubric lays out what one looks for when determining excellence in course delivery. So how does one choose the BEST models of design to reward, and to share with the world?