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The Blackboard Exemplary Course Program (ECP) aims at identifying and disseminating best practices for designing high quality courses. The core of the program is the ECP Rubric, which defines key characteristics of high quality courses within the framework of Course Design, Interaction and Collaboration, Assessment, and Learner Support. It was developed by leaders in instructional design, based on 100+ years of their collective practice and expertise. The rubric has been reviewed and updated annually by experts who do a survey of the current literature and base changes on the evolving field of best practices. Thousands of instructors, teachers, and designers have used the Exemplary Course Program to evaluate and improve their courses with recognized best practices. In June, 2017, Dr. Szymon Machajewski was recognized with the Blackboard Exemplary Course Award for his Introduction to Computing course as Grand Valley State University.

Blackboard MVPs are experts in Blackboard technologies and overall educational technology. They are easily identifiable by their digital badges and signatures on social media and listservs. As reliable outside resources of feedback and expertise on Blackboard products and services. In May of 2017, Dr. Szymon Machajewski was selected as a Blackboard MVP in recognition of his work with University of Illinois at Chicago.

To recognize Global Accessibility Awareness Day 2016, Blackboard held a contest to find the most inclusive classrooms in the United States. We looked for teachers who have put in the extra time and effort to ensure their pedagogy, content, and classroom technology enables all students to learn and be successful without complex accommodations. Dr. Szymon Machajewski has been selected as one of our winners. read more ...

Upcoming conference presentations:
  1. DevCon 2017:
    Managed Hosting: does it work? will I get access to my data? 7/25/17 (Tuesday) 9:40 AM
    Course design patterns: Latent Class Analysis with open source BbStats 7/24/17 (Monday) 4:40 PM
  2. BbWorld New Orleans, LA
    Gamification in Blackboard Learn 7/26/17 (Wednesday) 11:30 AM
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