Dear instructors, teachers, instructional technologists and instructional designers,
This is the time of year that many of us think about the gifts we’ll be giving to others. My question to you is – what is the gift that you’ll be giving to yourself?
How about giving yourself the gift of professional growth and development?
December is a natural time to reflect on the year as it is coming to a close and to look ahead to the fresh start granted by turning the page in our calendars to January. Looking ahead to 2011, how do you want to grow and develop professionally in the next 12 months?
Consider giving yourself the gift of participating in the 2011 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program. It is a two-part gift.
- The first part is the gift of reflecting on the design of your online course. During this phase you examine the design of your course, the opportunities for interaction and collaboration, the assessment and instructional activities you provide in your course and the resources you provide for learner support. This reflection is captured in a Self-Evaluation that you submit to the Exemplary Course Program. Deadline for submissions is January 18, 2011.
- The second part of the gift is the feedback you get from the trained volunteer course reviewers who use the Exemplary Course Rubric in their evaluations. Your online course will be reviewed by volunteer reviewers who are accomplished teachers and instructional designers from around the world. You will receive detailed reviews from three to six independent reviewers that you can consider incorporating into your course for the next time you teach it.
Don’t take my word for it, visit the website where the award-winners from the 2010 Blackboard Exemplary Course Program talk about the value of participating in the program has brought to them and their students. Some sample comments from past winners:
“Participating in the Blackboard Exemplary Course Program gave us the incentive to explore different and innovative approaches to course design. We wanted to develop a course that combined technology and personal online interaction in order to create a rewarding and memorable student learning experience. The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program provided us with the standards of excellence to make this experience possible.”
- Michael Pregitzer, Instructional Designer, Regent University, 2010 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award winner
"Participation in the Exemplary Course Program has been an invaluable learning experience for me. The Exemplary Course Program was a distinct advantage to producing a course where the students received an interactive and multi-faceted on-line course. My students appreciate the new technology and the variety of ways that information is transmitted."
– Judith Hammock, Course Developer & Designer, University of Nevada, Reno, 2010 Blackboard Exemplary Course Award winner
Treat yourself to something special this year that doesn’t cost you money or add inches to your waistline! If you have questions about the program please email the team at firstname.lastname@example.org.